UAB MSHA Program Wins Award The Master of Science in Health Administration program at the UAB school of Health Professions has been acknowledged for excellence by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education as the winner of the 2019 CAHME/Baylor Scott and White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education. The honor recognizes the UAB MSHA program for embedding quality throughout its curriculum, for incorporating practitioner faculty in experiential learning, and for its collaboration with UAB Health System on a Student Workforce Program that gives first-year students real-world health care experience. “We are delighted to receive this recognition,” said Amy Landry, PhD, Howard W. Houser Endowed Professor in Health Administration and MSHA program director. “We try to emphasize the importance of quality improvement and patient safety throughout our curriculum.” This is the second year in a row that CAHME has honored the UAB MSHA program. In 2018, the program received the 2018 CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Announces $1,000,000 Investment in UAB Breast Cancer Research The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) recently presented its largest donation ever of $1,000,000 to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Since its inception in 1996, the BCRFA has made an annual donation to research with proceeds from all its fund-raising efforts during the prior year. This year’s contribution brings the organization’s cumulative total for research at UAB to more than $8.7 million. “The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama is critical in making our breast cancer research program one of the best in the country,” said Michael Birrer, MD, PhD, the director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. “BCRFA is a perfect example of motivating the community to (l to r) Michael Birrer, MD, PhD, the Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, left, Jill Carter, support new research.” President of the BCRFA Board of Directors, Beth Davis, Executive Director of the BCRFA, and Carol Myers, BCRFA Board of Directors. Community support during 2018 included 20 Alabama fire departments who participated in the Pink Ribbon Project, selling t-shirts during October to raise funds and awareness, along with dozens of other businesses, schools, churches and individuals that used grassroots fundraising to raise money for breast cancer research. “As a breast cancer survivor myself, I am thrilled that we are able to invest $1,000,000 in life-saving breast cancer research this year,” said Jill Carter, BCRFA board president. “Without the support of our sponsors, donors and community partners, this donation would not be possible.” Approximately one-half of the total donation was raised through the BCRFA specialty car tag sales. Available at DMVs across the state, over 12,500 vehicles in Alabama sport the Breast Cancer Research tag. 100 percent of funds received by the BCRFA.
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