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CAHS offers new Registered Health Information Administrator Certificate 

Read the latest Health Beat Blog post about the new Registered Health Information Administrator certificate offered by the Department of Health Services and Information Management by clicking here.

August Update Web
New Bimonthly Research Update

View the August 2014 edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences Research Update. This bimonthly update will provide vital information about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, resources and highlights from CAHS research developments. You can view the update and access its links by clicking here. For more information about the CAHS Research Update visit the Office of Research website.

Pirate Speech Camp 'LIGHT BULB' MOMENTS' - Summer camp helps children improve communication, social skills

Children with communication delays related to autism and other disorders are learning about making friends while improving their verbal skills at East Carolina University’s Pirate Speech Camp. Read more about the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders' Pirate Speech Camp here.

Lauren Cochran ECU OT Student Chosen for Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship

ECU occupational therapy student Lauren Cochran has been named the winner of the 2014 Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC). Cochran is a student at East Carolina University (ECU), where she is pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy. Read more here...

Dr. Kulesher Contributes Towards Published Article in Health Communication

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management on his contribution to the recently published article entitled “Physician Communication in the Operating Room.” The article is published in Health Communication and reflects a collaborative effort between two academic units at ECU and three academic units at the University of New Mexico Health Science center. Kristin Kirschbaum, an assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at ECU is the lead author and principal investigator.

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Dr. Dickerson Selected as 2014 Fellow by GSA

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 61 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows. Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy has been chosen as one of those fellows in the Behavioral and Social Sciences section. The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Read more here...

PT Study
Dr. Gross McMillan Collaborates on Featured Research Story

A research study analyzing the impact of exercise during pregnancy on which Dr. Amy Gross McMillan from the Department of Physical Therapy has been collaborating is featured on the East Carolina University homepage. Read the story here...

Research Website Research Enterprise Strengthened at CAHS

Read the latest Health Beat Blog entry about the brand new Office of Research resources and website along with information about updated research lab sites by clicking here

MTCN Website Homepage

Military and Trauma Counseling Network Established

Dr. Mark Stebnicki, professor and coordinator of the new Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) certificate program in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, has developed the Military and Trauma Counseling Network (MTCN) to provide an online resource for active duty service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and their family members. This online material also serves as a resource for military counseling professionals. Please click (and bookmark) the following link to view this new online resource: Updates will be posted on a regular basis and will include a future blog.

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Dr.'s Kulesher and Forrestal Publish Article

Dr. Robert Kulesher and Dr. Elizabeth Forrestal from the Department of Health Services and Information Management published an article in the Journal of Hospital Administratio entitled, "International Models of Health Systems Financing." View the article here.

Scholarship recipient Melissa Reynolds and Dr. Thomas

CAHS Awards 2014-2015 Scholarship Students

The College of Allied Health Sciences and Dean Stephen Thomas were happy to present eight CAHS scholarships to deserving students for the 2014-2015 academic year. To read more about the scholarship recipients visit the ECU Health Beat Blog.

Navigate NAMI Walk

Navigate Group Raises Awareness and Walks for NAMI

Faculty, students, and friends of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies/Navigate Counseling Clinic formed the team 'DARS Navigators' and participated in the 2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina Walk in May. The NAMI Walk NC is an annual fundraising event to raise awareness and fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Read more...



Dr. Thomas Honored with Navy Employer Support Certificate of Appreciation

Navy Certificate

College of Allied Health Sciences Dean Stephen Thomas, on behalf of East Carolina University, received a Navy Employer Support Certificate of Appreciation from Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun during a ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek in Norfolk, Va. on June 20.

“I am truly honored to have been nominated for this reserve employer recognition by Pat Frede, our director of development and a proud Navy Veteran and Reservist. It was a privilege to tour the base in Norfolk and witness the demonstrations mostly by reservists and I am grateful to have experienced it.  This recognition is another example, in addition to the Freedom Award received by Chancellor Steve Ballard in 2010, of how ECU continues to remain a military friendly campus,” said Dr. Thomas.

The certificate is presented by the Chief of Navy Reserve annually to recognize selected civilian employers of Navy Reserve Sailors, as nominated by their own citizen-Sailor employees. Selected employers were nominated by their Navy Reserve Sailor employees. 

“Employer support is critical to the Navy Reserve mission. Since 9/11, more than 70,000 Reserve Sailors have been mobilized and served around the world – many for multiple tours. In fact, in any given month nearly 25% of our Navy Reserve force is deployed globally. The magnitude of support for the employee by the employer is truly remarkable,” said Vice Adm. Robin R. Braun, Chief of Navy Reserve. “This is our opportunity to thank these outstanding patriots for their support.”

At the beginning of the day, the Chief of Navy Reserve met with Dr. Thomas and 39 other civilian employers of Navy Reserve Sailors from across the nation and presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation for their dedication and support of employees who serve in the Navy Reserve, ensuring that their Sailors are “Always Ready. Anytime, Anywhere.”

Throughout the one-day event employers had the opportunity to get a close up and personal look at the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command, a fast-attack submarine at Submarine Force Atlantic, the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) at Naval Station Norfolk, a static display of aircraft from Naval Air Force Reserve, and witness a demonstration by Reserve SEAL Team 18.

Companies invited to this year’s event were nominated by their employees who are also Navy Reserve Sailors. Guests included CEOs, company owners and senior executives from small, medium and large companies who encourage company leadership to promote a culture of pride and recognition in their employees’ service, value their Reserve Sailor/employee and support their service, even when called to duty on short notice, and maintain contact with the Reserve Sailor and their family members when they are on duty for an extended period of time.

“Employers are a key facet of every Reserve Sailor’s life. The service each Sailor provides to the fleet is achieved in no small part due to employer support,” said Braun. “Employer support of our Reserve and Guard forces not only means peace and freedom abroad – it means peace and freedom here at home. It can never be taken for granted. They are critical not just to our readiness, but also to our recruiting, retention and esprit de corps.”

The Navy Employer Recognition Event is an annual Navy familiarization day sponsored by the Chief of Navy Reserve to recognize employers who provide their Reserve Sailors with superior support, and provide them an opportunity to see first-hand what Reserve Sailors do every day. Selected employers are chosen from nominations submitted by their Reserve Sailor employees.

View more photos below:











U.S. Navy Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Hannah Brim/Released

Alliance Newsletter Spring 2014 - Front Page

Spring 2014 Edition of The Alliance Released

The spring 2014 edition of the quarterly Alliance newsletter produced by the College of Allied Health Science has been released. This issue is also the debut edition of the new look for the newsletter. In this edition, you’ll read about the 2014 Mills Symposium, the plans for the 2014 Homecoming reception at CAHS, faculty and student highlights and other stories from our departments. Click here to read the latest edition. 


State superintendent delivers address on literacy at ECU summit
May 22, 2014 

By Lauren Edmondson
College of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. June Atkinson and Dr. Marianna Walker

The changing definition of literacy and the constant evolution of teaching methods were major topics at the first-ever Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit, held May 21 at East Carolina University.

Marianna Walker, dean of the ECU Honors College, and Sarah Williams, director of the Walter and Marie Williams STEPP Program, collaborated to organize the inaugural campus-wide initiative.

"Literacy serves as a foundation to learning and expression of knowledge in all disciplines,” Walker said.

“There are many components to literacy including reading, writing, and oral language. This literacy summit was developed to foster an interdisciplinary discussion on issues involving student literacy competencies, especially in the adult (college) population and in the transition from high school to the university setting.”

North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson delivered the keynote address, titled “Student Literacy: Now and in the Future.” She told the audience that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education are taking every step to ensure literacy is a focus throughout the curriculum.

The state released new standards in almost every K-12 subject in 2010, she said, as opposed to creating new standards one course at a time over several years. Students are now learning how areas from one subject, such as language arts or history, can be applied to other subjects.

Atkinson said that in her visits to classrooms across the state, she is inspired by how teachers have used the standards to personalize and differentiate instruction. Through new teaching methods and lesson plans, students are embracing the wide range of literacy as it is written, spoken, read and comprehended.

She also noted that educators are taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Challenges to literacy include early learning and encouraging children to read when school is not in session. Programs such as NC Pre-K and Give 5 Read 5, which encourages summer reading, are aimed at boosting literacy rates. Citing a recent study from Harvard University, Atkinson stressed that students lose a large amount of reading progress when they go home in the summer with no books at home.

“If students can read just five books over the summer, they’ll have a better chance of not having reading loss,” said Atkinson.

Atkinson said the state also aims to surround students with opportunities to be literate individuals in an ever-changing world.

“Reading is a foundation skill. What was good enough for one child in the past will not be good enough for another child in the future,” she said.

Following the keynote address, ECU faculty members and educators from Pitt County Schools participated in several literacy-based challenges. The groups met in Joyner Library to discuss and chart topics such as the different challenges faced in addressing student literacy in preparation for transition to college; how each group would define literacy and what is needed to assess, instruct and research literacy; and what knowledge and skills must be in place for success related to literacy development. The groups were also tasked with outlining a research project and designing a collaborative initiative related to achieving literacy.

Participating faculty included professors of speech-language pathology, special education, psychology, English, communication, reading education and foreign languages.

The Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit is part of the Barbara Bremer Distinguished Lecture Series. It is funded by Dr. Chris Bremer, professor emeritus of family medicine in the Brody School of Medicine, and his wife, Barbara, a retired speech language pathologist. Through an endowed professorship, the series and summit, Barbara Bremer’s passion for collaboration in literacy and language will continue for decades.

Walker is the current Bremer Distinguished Scholar in Literacy and Language Disorders.

The summit was co-sponsored by the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Walter and Marie Williams STEPP Program.

View more photos from the breakout sessions below:


Perry and Lakshmi

Perry and Kollara-Sunil Receive Cleft Palate Grant for New Research

Check out the latest post on the ECU Health Beat Blog about research being conducted by Dr. Jamie Perry and Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders through a grant from the Cleft Palate Foundation on 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Read the post by clicking here.  

Nacole - NCHIMA scholarship HSIM Student Awarded Scholarship at Annual Meeting

Nacole T. Everette, RHIA was the recipient of a North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) Scholarship. The $250.00 Scholarship was awarded to one deserving Master's Degree HIM Student. The Scholarship was presented to Nacole at the 2014 NCHIMA 64th Annual Meeting & Coding Roundtable. Nacole is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics and Information Management. Congratulations, Nacole!

Navigate's Atherton & Perry Counseling Team Volunteers with American Red Cross during Eastern NC Tornadoes 

Navigate Counseling Clinic's Red Cross-Ready When the Time Comes volunteers, Vanessa Perry and Dr. Leigh Atherton, responded to areas in Eastern North Carolina affected by tornadoes this past weekend. The call came early Saturday morning and Perry and Atherton were quickly on scene to provide Disaster Mental Health services. They worked alongside other Red Cross volunteers to provide assistance to families displaced due to the storm.

Sarah Jaramillo OT Student Receives Creed Award
Sarah Jaramillo, a student in the Department of Occupational Therapy, was one of 9 students, faculty and staff that were honored last week at the ECU Creed Recognition ceremony. Jaramillo was nominated by fellow student Nicole Biggs. Sarah was recognized as a student who demonstrates “purposeful citizenship by serving as positive role model as an East Carolinian” by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Student Conduct Board. Congratulations Sarah!

PT Poster Award Doctoral Students’ Poster Awarded 

Doctoral students in the Department of Physical Therapy, Danielle Mckinnis and Rachel L. Webb were awarded for their poster “Body Mass and Motor Skill Performance in Children 7-10 Years” as part of ECU’s Research & Creative Achievement Week. The students were mentored by faculty member Dr. Amy Gross McMillan.

2014 Literacy Flyer

2014 Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit

This year's Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit, part of the Barbara Bremer Distinguished Lecture in Literacy and Language, will be held in Wright Auditorium May 21, 2014 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.. The keynote address, "Student Literacy: Now and in the Future" will be delivered by Dr. June Atkinson, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The event, co-sponsored by the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences along with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and William and Marie Williams STEPP Program, is open to the general public. Click here for more information.


Navigate Bio Feedback Navigate Offers Biofeedback Services

Navigate Counseling Clinic will offer free biofeedback services during exam week in the Health Sciences Building room 4422. Appointments are available between 9am and 5pm on April 30, May 2, May 5, May 7 and May 9. Contact (252) 744-0328 or and click here for more information.

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College of Allied Health Sciences Graduation Ceremony

The College of Allied Health Sciences will honor its graduates Saturday, May 10 at 6 p.m. in Minges Coliseum.

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S.A.R.A. holds Service Campaign Raffle

The Student Addictions and Rehabilitation Association will present the 1st Annual Spring Service Campaign Raffle with the drawing taking place on May 1, 2014. All donations will benefit our community members who utilize the Navigate Counseling Clinic and the Pregnancy and Recovery Clinic. Read more here.






OT to sponsor "Novel Approaches in Occupational Therapy Practice" symposium

The Department of Occupational Therapy will sponsor the annual symposium entitled "Novel Approaches in Occupational Therapy Practice" Thursday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute. The symposium provides an opportunity for occupational therapy practitioners, students, consumers of occupational therapy services, and other human service providers to gather ideas and information on current and future practice trends and professional issues in occupational therapy.  Graduate occupational therapy students are given the opportunity to present the results of their graduate research and innovative service delivery projects. Click here for more information.

Deepa Padmanabhan HIIM Student featured on Graduate School website

Deepa Padmanabhan, a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management student, is featured on the Graduate School’s website! Click here to view Deepa’s profile page and be sure to click on the Day in the Life and Gallery tabs to learn more about her and her studies!

Debbie Amini Amini Receives Highest Honor from National American Occupational Therapy Association

Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA from the Department of Occupational Therapy received the Roster of Fellows from the National American Occupational Therapy Association. This award is one of the highest awards given by the Association and she joins an elite group of therapists who are recognized for their contributions to the Association. Dr. Amini was also awarded a 2014 AOTA Service Commendation for her work as Chairperson of the AOTA Commission on Practice from 2011-2014 and as a member of the Representative Assembly from 2011-2014.

HSIM Induction HSIM Students Inducted to Upsilon Phi Delta

The Department of Health Services & Information Management inducted eight total members into Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society. To be inducted into Upsilon Phi Delta, students' GPA must fall in the top 10% of their class. The eight students inducted were Elizabeth Baldwin, Ashley Braxton, Michele Clark, Catherine Guy, Jasmine Harris, Ashley Lackey, Macy Pierce and Neteisha Barrett Stuckey. You can view photos from the induction by clicking here.

Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil with CDSI faculty

Student Achievement Award presented to CSDI Student

CSDI student Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil was presented with the Student Achievement Award by the North Carolina Speech-Hearing and Language Association and given a scholarship for $1,000 sponsored by LinguiSystems. The recognition is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and merit. In addition, the Linguisystems award requires the student to show evidence of research productivity and consistent service to the professions of audiology or speech-language pathology. Congratulations to Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil!

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