School of Allied Health Professions

UNK Health Science Education Complex update in the news

UNK building exterior
Health Science Education Complex exterior progress

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:28 pm
By Jeff Bahr, in The Grand Island Independent

The people behind the Health Science Education Complex in Kearney believe that, if health professionals receive their entire education outside of Omaha, they’ll be more likely to work in other parts of the state.

“That’s what we’re banking on, is the big return for the state,” said Greg Karst, assistant dean for academic and student affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Allied Health Professions. Read more>>

Kyle Meyer and Greg Karst
Drs Kyle Meyer and Greg Karst toured the facility.

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Kudos in PT Education: Majerus, Goetsch, and Venema

Congratulations to the following students and faculty in physical therapy education:

Taylor Majerus, PT2, was chosen as one of two physical therapy students nationwide to receive a Federal Section Scholarship to attend the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis in February. The APTA anticipates more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals to attend the meeting.

Troy Goetsch, PT3, has been selected to receive an Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Student Award for Geriatric Research 2015.

Dawn Venema, PT, PhD, assistant professor in physical therapy education, will be the recipient of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Excellence in Geriatric Research Award 2015.

Goetsch and Venema will be presented with their awards at the academy’s awards ceremony on February 5th, in Indianapolis, held in conjunction with the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.

Study findings show lifestyle change lowers blood pressure

Rural Nebraska women, ages 40-69, with prehypertension (high normal blood pressure) were able to achieve reductions in blood pressure and attain normotensive blood pressure (< 120/80 mm Hg) following a distance delivered (web-based or print-mailed)  healthy eating and activity intervention, according to the recently published paper by Patricia Hageman, Carol Pullen, and colleagues in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

This paper describes the main effects of a six year NIH funded study conducted by the interprofessional team from the School of Allied Health Professions, UNMC College of Nursing, and University of Nebraska Lincoln Nutrition and Health Sciences.  Complete study.