Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC)
I think the Faculty is exceptional (very nice, very helpful, provided guidance, challenged me).
I truly enjoyed my time at the PPC and I can say in no uncertain terms that it is because of the UAB PPC program (and mentors) that I now have my dream job at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. I would recommend this program to any student who is to work within the pediatric field…
The PPC opened my eyes to the world of research. I really did not know much about it until I became a trainee. Now, it’s what I do every day with patients who have Cystic Fibrosis. I am truly thankful for my time in the PPC and the doors that it opened for me!
The PPC helped me understand how vulnerable populations are affected by the care they do/do not receive, if they do/do not have access to medical care, and the quality of care they do/do not encounter. I am grateful for the excellent learning experience I had at the PPC!
Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science & Practice
From the start of my MPH program I knew I wanted to work at the state level, and that is exactly where I am! I must add that after my initial phone interview for the FIMR position, they quickly called and requested that I come to visit their Department. At that meeting, they informed me that they were really impressed with my knowledge of the MCH field and public health in general. I want to thank each of you for the critical role that you played in preparing me for this position. Your help came in the form of class lectures, internship recommendations, assignment critiques, support to obtain funding for conferences, general advice, etc. I could go on and on about the different ways that you all affected my education! I hope that my strides in MCH continue to make our department proud!
Nursing (previously funded)
Leadership Education in Child-Health Nursing (LECHN)
LECHN has given me the opportunity to really fine tune my research interest through close interaction with peers and faculty interested in child health.
Jeannie Rodriguez is a PhD student residing in Atlanta, Georgia who received her BSN from Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing and her MSN from Emory University. Jeannie is certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and currently works as needed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Hughes Spalding. Jeannie is co-chair of the Student Network for the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS). She was previously an instructor at Emory University in their Primary Care Pediatric Advanced Nursing Practice Program. Jeannie is married and has two young boys.
Her dissertation is focusing on infant feeding practices, weight gain and blood pressure in toddlers born very preterm. Jeannie plans to pursue an academic position in nursing upon graduation from the PhD program.
LECHN has meant a rare educational experience for which I will always be grateful. In addition to providing necessary funds to continue my doctoral education, LECHN has provided learning opportunities above and beyond what I would have been afforded within the traditional program. The opportunity to meet nursing leaders and researchers, the exposure to funding sources and other academic institutions, as well as the support of the LECHN faculty have all assisted in my growth as a doctoral student and as a future child health nurse leader.
Betsy D. Gulledge, RN, MSN, received a BA in psychology from Auburn University in 1992. She graduated with an ADN from Southern Union State Community College in 1995 and immediately began practicing in the area of mental health. After several years of working at a free-standing psychiatric facility, Ms. Gulledge went on to pursue a BSN (2002) and MSN (2005) from Jacksonville State University. She is currently an instructor of nursing at Jacksonville State University where she teaches Community Mental Health, Leadership, Communication of Ethical Issues, and Pharmacology.
She graduated in December 2010, and her dissertation focused on Biobehavioral Health examining self-concept, sedentary behaviors, and blood pressure in middle school children. She is now director of the BSN program at Jacksonville State University.
Maternal & Child Health Pipeline Training Program (MCHPT)
The MCH Pipeline Training program has been a major help to me. All throughout my undergraduate career I was not sure of what my career choice was in healthcare. After becoming a part of the MCH program, I developed an interest for maternal and child health and nursing. Within the program, Mrs. Catrina Waters prepared me for moving into the direction to pursue a degree in nursing and work in underserved communities. The program offered a lot of career networking opportunities and ways to excel professionally. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Glenda Smith, a nurse practitioner from UAB. I was able to have mock interviews and resume and personal statement preparation. The MCH Pipeline Training program has been a major help in assisting me in finding my passion in healthcare. I would strongly recommend it to anyone.
Ms. Caroline Stewart has been accepted into the University of Alabama at Birmingham Accelerated Masters Program in Nursing. Caroline is a very dedicated and academically successful young lady. She has participated in the ASU Pipeline Training Program for 3 ½ years. She is a native of Racine, WI. Caroline currently lives in Birmingham, AL. She is a biology pre-health major. She has maintained 3.0 or above G.P.A. in her years at Alabama State University. She is a member of Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program
In the multidisciplinary clinic that is a part of the LEAH Training Program, I am able to learn from colleagues in psychology, social work, nursing, and dietetics in the co-management of patients with complex medical and psychosocial needs. This experience has provided a wonderful training opportunity for me.
Being able to participate in adolescent specific content and get a better understanding of adolescent issues has been great. Also working in an interprofessional team was a great environment. Everyone always discusses the importance of Interprofessional Education, but this was the first time that I was able to work so closely with the other disciplines and to get their first hand recommendations on individual cases.
I hope that through LEAH I will enhance my leadership skills and utilize the multidisciplinary framework to gain diverse skills and perspectives on adolescent psychological, medical, nutritional, and social health.
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Valisia Davis, MSN, CRNP, 2010
ACQUIREc OT, Jackie Brunson, 2010
Former Trainee and Current OT, Candace Davis, 2010
2008-2009 Audiology Trainee,
9/23/15 MCH Trainees Networking & Brainstorming Session – the UAB Edge of Chaos
2012-2013 PPC Trainees (left to right) Shelley Lauderdale, RN; Camilla Gaines, SW; Melanie Jones, RD; Jabril Cooper, RT; Haley Beech, SW