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May 012014
 

Dr. Jamie Perry, assistant professor, and Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil, a second year doctoral student,  both in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, have a newly funded grant from the Cleft Palate Foundation. In their work, they are using dynamic magnetic resonance imaging during speech to examine the musculature in a unique clinical population - 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. This study will represent the first published findings of speech muscles among this clinical population. Data will provide insight into the unique muscle and cranial variations among these children. 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is caused by the deletion of part of Chromosome 22. It affects an estimated 1 in 4,000 people. The features of this syndrome vary considerably; however, common signs and symptoms include heart abnormalities, cleft palate and distinct facial features. Individuals with this syndrome may develop autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and Graves disease.  Children with this syndrome experience developmental delays including speech development delays and learning disabilities. Both Dr. Perry and Kollara-Sunil expect the study will impact the surgical and clinical treatment plans and improve the speech outcomes following surgery. According to the foundation website, the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) has funded research related to cleft and craniofacial anomalies since 1989. CPF has   [read more...]

Apr 152014
 

As a Pirate alumna, Dasha Little not only honors East Carolina University’s motto “servire”, or “to serve” by representing her alma mater well through her company’s dedication to providing services to injured service members and other government contracts, but also by her faithful contributions towards several different programs within the University. Through her donations towards areas such as Academic Affairs, the Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Business, Fine Arts and Communications, and Health and Human Performance, and Student Life, she has continued to give back to the University. ECU is honored to have Dasha serve as one of the Incredible Women of ECU and a member of the ECU Distinguished Military Service Society. She also joined the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Board in February and spoke at the ECU Women’s Roundtable event in October, delivering her perspective on leadership and service. Dasha, who majored in art education, graduated from ECU, along with her husband Kirk in 1981 and 1982, and founded Apogee Solutions, Inc. in 2002. During her years at ECU, she was involved in including the Student Government Association, Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority, and ECU Ambassadors, and also served as a resident advisor. Following graduation Dasha   [read more...]

Mar 282014
 

The Department of Health Services and Information Management was awarded a BB&T Leadership Enhancement Grant funded by the East Carolina University BB&T Center for Leadership for the third consecutive year. Through the $10,000 grant, HSIM will conduct a project entitled  “Making Connections Between Leadership Theory and Practice: Student Reflection on Interviews with Health Care Leaders” with Dr. Leigh Cellucci serving as the principal investigator along with team members Dr. Michael Kennedy, Dr. Bonita Sasnett, Professor Myra Brown, Jean Merenda and Dr. Xiaoming Zeng. The purpose of the project is to study health services and information management student involvement with social media for healthcare leadership development. The students will create and post blogs to discuss connections between leadership theory and practice, and they will create and post audio and video recordings in which they elaborate these connections. Not only will the students create their own blog posts, but they will also utilize social media tools to reflect upon the outcomes of the students’ social media efforts from the 2012 and 2013 Leadership in Health Care (HSMA 3050) courses. Along with reflection, it is important the students learn how to create social media products. Hence, their team outcomes are the blogs and recordings.   [read more...]

Mar 112014
 

When disasters strike, such as fires, tornadoes or more commonly for eastern North Carolinians, hurricanes, the American Red Cross does its part in aiding those affected by the incident. Now, one faculty member and four students from the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies in the College of Allied Health Sciences have recently been trained to provide counseling along with the American Red Cross through the “Ready When the Time Comes” program. “Ready When the Times Comes” is a corporate volunteer program and is “designed to tap into corporate America’s expertise and desire to help people in need” according to the American Red Cross website. Through this program, Red Cross is able to prepare employees from partnering corporations to be mobilized and respond when a disaster occurs. Team leader Dr. Leigh Atherton, a clinical assistant professor and director of the Navigate Counseling Clinic, will lead four students from the department Samantha Coleman, Matt Cox, Vanessa Perry and Jeff Thomas in this endeavor. The group will not only use their skills and expertise required to provide counseling and aid through the Navigate Counseling Clinic, but also skills they learned through several required Red Cross trainings on topics such as mental health fundamentals,   [read more...]

Feb 212014
 

I recently published my second article on allied health in the North Carolina Medical Journal. The latest article entitled “New Initiatives in Allied Health in North Carolina” (see here) is another opportunity to educate the medical professions about the allied health professions and the important role we play in health and health care delivery. We all know the issue – allied health by name does not represent who we are as well as titles such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy. I am often asked “What is allied health?” and I give my quick “elevator speech” in which I name several of our departments and then the light bulb lights up—they understand. That often leads to a more in depth and engaging discussion about allied health professions. I have often referred to allied health as an” alliance” of smaller but significant health professions that, collectively, are larger than medicine or nursing. By themselves, they are unable to bargain as effectively as the larger professions of medicine, nursing and dentistry. Therefore, they form an alliance in order to garner their fair share of the health and health care resources, particularly in higher education. I recently attended a Southern Association of Allied Health   [read more...]