News & Events
Outstanding Young Alumni 2013
Congratulations to the PHHP recipients of UF’s Outstanding Young Alumni Awards: Dr. Cindy Prins, master’s in public health ’06, a clinical assistant professor in UF’s department of epidemiology and director of the epidemiology doctoral program, and Lt. William Walders, master’s in health administration ’07, the chief information officer of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. They were recognized at a ceremony April 6. READ MORE
Because of you
On October 5, 2012, the University of Florida celebrated the close of Florida Tomorrow, the university’s multi-year development campaign that raised more than $1.7 billion for scholarships, professorships, research, patient care, facilities and more. The College of Public Health and Health Professions received $10.3 million in gifts from generous donors. Here is the story of one such gift, from Rolf and Anne Kuhns, and how it will impact our college. READ MORE
Jan Olsen, bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy ’62, has been named the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ 2012 Alumna of the Year. She was recognized at the college’s convocation ceremony May 4. In 1975, her son John was a first-grader crying about his handwriting. Olsen’s efforts to help him led to the development of Handwriting Without Tears, an award winning curriculum for children of all abilities. In 2003, she co-created Get Set for School, a developmentally based pre-K program. An important part of helping children is training their teachers, occupational therapists and parents. To address these training needs, each year Olsen and a team of occupational therapists present over 500 workshops. Handwriting Without Tears is a family company based in Cabin John, Md.
Alumni and friends establish scholarship in honor of Louis Gapenski
Louis Gapenski, Ph.D., received a special surprise April 6 when he learned that alumni and friends of the UF department of health services research, management and policy had created the Gapenski Healthcare Finance Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund recognizes Gapenski’s dedication and service to the field of healthcare finance and will provide financial support for students in the department of health services research, management and policy who are pursuing an interest in healthcare finance.
A professor in the department since 1988, Gapenski wrote the definitive textbook on healthcare finance and is the author of a popular American College of Healthcare Executives self-study program in healthcare finance. His books are used nationally and internationally, having been translated into nine languages. Gapenski and his wife Jane have also been generous financial supporters of the college, establishing professorship and scholarship funds in the department.
“When we endow this scholarship, we honor Lou Gapenski,” said David Hammer, master’s in business administration/master’s in health administration ’87, who helped raise money for the fund. “We also continue his devotion to preparing our future colleagues to lead in ways that maintain a sound financial position for our healthcare delivery system.”