News : 2011

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D., M.P.H., pictured with patient Zulma Alvarez, is principal investigator on the primary care grant.

Miller School Divisions Win Grant to Develop Primary Care Faculty

Three Miller School primary care divisions have launched a bold and historic collaborative effort aimed at significantly advancing UHealth’s scope of primary care in research, education and direct clinical care, and helping to relieve the shortage of physicians who work and conduct research in this field.

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Cindy Hsu, M.D.

Cindy Hsu, M.D., Brings Her Passion for Primary Care to Miami

Cindy Hsu, M.D., is familiar with the daunting realities that keep some doctors away from primary care medicine. But the low reimbursement rates, hefty paperwork and other negatives have not diminished her zeal for caring for entire families.

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Fairgoer Patrick Beauvais signs up for information from the University of Miami AHEC’s Claude-Mehu Francois.

School Health Initiative Provides Screenings at Health Fair

About a hundred people who attended the Community Health and Resource Fair in North Miami last month received free health screenings and learned about the free primary and preventive care services the Miller School’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative offers at nine Miami-Dade County schools this year.

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Asma Aftab, M.D., M.P.H.

Miller School Researcher Dr. Asma Aftab Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Asma Aftab, M.D., M.P.H., research assistant professor of family medicine and community health, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright scholar. As part of the prestigious program, Dr. Aftab will introduce a comprehensive tobacco cessation and training curriculum program for undergraduate, graduate and faculty development audiences in two Pakistani universities.

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Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center

Chevron Corporation Helps Family Medicine Promote Patient Self-Management of Chronic Diseases

The Miller School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health received a $100,000 gift from Chevron Corporation to encourage patients in Miami’s Overtown and Little Haiti communities to take a more participatory role in managing their own health care—especially in the face of chronic diseases such as diabetes.

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M. Denise Simmons, left, program manager, and Paris Battle, Miss Overtown Teen USA, shared information about the free primary and preventive care services offered by the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative.

Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative Celebrates Overtown History

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative helped celebrate the rich history of one of Miami’s earliest settlements by participating in the Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival on Saturday. Organized by volunteers from the non-profit group Magic-In-Action and local leaders of the Overtown community, the daylong festival on Northwest Third Avenue, the Historic Overtown District’s Main Street, featured local food,

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Gilberte Baldridge, left, a DOCS patient for more than 30 years, displays her original lab sheet, with Mark O’Connell, M.D.

Miller School Students Celebrate Four Decades of DOCS Health Fairs

The Miller School’s student-run Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service, DOCS, celebrated four decades of giving health screenings to residents of Big Pine Key. Today, the fairs are held throughout the region.

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The Miller School paused to remember the victims of the earthquake in Haiti during a candlelight vigil on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.

Miller School Vigil Remembers Victims of Haiti’s Earthquake

Just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, members of the Miller School family gathered on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle and bowed their heads for 35 seconds of silence to remember the 300,000 people killed in Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake exactly a year earlier. “Think of it,’’ Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., said before he began the somber reflection. “The earthquake lasted about 35 seconds.”

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