News : 2012

From left are, Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., Sheeka Lawkin, RN, and Catherine F. Penrod, CEO of Switchboard Miami.

Family Medicine's School Health Initiative Receives All Star Award for Innovation

The Miller School’s Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative took home the All Star Non-Profit Award for Innovation at Switchboard Miami’s inaugural awards luncheon, held November 9 at Jungle Island to recognize and celebrate the vital work of non-profits in our community.

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Bringing the Community Wellness Coalition and the Miller School’s AMSA chapter together are, from left, Jamal Jones, Chanelle Diaz, Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., M.A., Mari Janowsky and Brigitte Frett.

Community Wellness Coalition Partners with AMSA to Improve Health in Overtown

The Community Wellness Coalition at the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity has joined forces with the Miller School’s chapter of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) to improve health opportunities for Overtown residents.

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Robert Schwartz, M.D., with the Jessie Trice Hero Award.

Family Medicine and Community Health Pioneer Wins Jessie Trice Hero Award

Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor and Chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, has been honored with the Jessie Trice Hero Award for his tremendous leadership in health information technology initiatives and his unwavering commitment to providing care to the underserved.

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From left, Joycelyn Lawrence, M.D., Arthur Fournier, M.D., Anne Burdick, M.D., associate dean for telehealth and clinical outreach, and Scott Simmons, director of telehealth, demonstrate how North Miami Beach High's video-conferencing system links students to remote doctors.

Miller School Awarded $4M to Expand School Clinics and Create National Model

The Miller School, in partnership with a handful of diverse and novel collaborators, has received a highly competitive $4 million federal Health Care Innovation Award to expand the services that 12,000 Miami-Dade County public school students receive through their school-based clinics – and save Medicaid far more than the grant investment.

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Regine Joseph, left, medical assistant in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, conducts a free health screening at the FACT Festival.

School-Based Clinic Initiative Stands Up for Health and Against Crime at Local Festival

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation School Health Initiative provided basic health screenings and education to hundreds of children and their families who attended the City of North Miami Police Department’s FACT (Families Against Crime Together) Festival at North Miami Senior High School on April 28.

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Arthur M. Fournier, M.D., left, receives the Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service from Virginia L. Hood, MBBS, MPH, MACP, 2012-2013 immediate-past president of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Arthur M. Fournier Honored for Volunteerism and Community Service

Arthur M. Fournier, M.D., professor and vice chair of family medicine and community health, who for decades has brought primary health care to underserved communities from South Florida to Haiti, was honored by the American College of Physicians with the 2012 Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service.

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From left, Angelica Melillo, president of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA), Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., and 11th grader Charelle Nelson, show off the dish the PHSA’s nutrition class at Booker T. Washington High School prepared for the meeting.

From ‘Womb to Tomb,’ Jay Weiss Center’s Community Wellness Coalition Brings Hope to Overtown

Introducing the new Community Wellness Coalition at its inagural meeting at the UM Life Science & Technology Park, the Miller School’s Sonjia Kenya, Ed.D., M.S., MA., told the crowd that the volunteer coalition will work with community groups to develop programs that meet identified needs “from the womb to the tomb.”

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Richard J. Cote, M.D.

Macdonald Foundation Gift Creates Collaborative Institute in Biomedical Nanotechnology

Propelled by a transformative gift from a longtime contributor, the University of Miami announced on March 27 the creation of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute, a collaboration of key scientific disciplines that will harness the field of nanotechnology for clinical applications.

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