Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, and the University of Houston announced today a long-term strategic partnership to train the health care leaders of tomorrow with a focus on advancing population health, improving health outcomes and expanding the use of value-based payment models. Together, the two organizations will create the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute at the University of Houston, which will unite the university’s new College of Medicine, as well as the existing colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Optometry. A $15 million gift over 10 years from Humana will help defray start-up and operational costs for the College of Medicine, as well as fund endowed chairs for each of the five colleges.
Congratulations to Mr. Lyle Tate, M.S., on being selected as a Certified Appreciative Adviser. Lyle is the Program Manager for Admissions, Recruiting, and Advising for UHCO and has been part of the team for five years. This selection is a coveted process through the Appreciative Advising Institute (AAI). The whole concept of the AAI is student focused and goal oriented and works through six phases of advising: Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Don’t Settle.
Congratulations to Lea Hair, UHCO OPT III, and Alex Saunders, UHCO OPT III, on being selected for the 2018 AAOF Student Travel Fellowships. Lea is the recipient of the BSK Student Travel Fellowship and Alex received the Brett G. Bence Clinical Student Travel Fellowship.
UHCO is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2018 American Academy of Optometry Student Travel Fellowship Awards. UHCO recipients are Jakaria Mostafa, Ananya Datta, OD, Ashley Nguyen, Khob Bhandari, BOptom, Ashutosh Jnawali, and Sudan Puri, OD. These travel fellowships will allow students to attend Academy 2018 San Antonio, November 7-10, 2018.
The American Optometric Association Foundation announced UHCO has been awarded a grant through the 2018 Healthy Eyes Healthy Children (HEHC) Community Grant Program. The "See Clearly Now" Project will provide grant funding to Dr. Rebekah Montes and her colleagues to promote awareness of vision issues and ocular health within an underserved community by highlighting the importance of yearly exams with an optometrist. The HEHC grant program provides awards of up to $5,000 for innovative projects with a focus on collaborations between doctors of optometry and community resources to boost awareness and access to vision care for children.
Dorothy Chou, OD, family practice resident at the University of Houston College of Optometry was chosen by a committee of members in the Comprehensive Eye Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award.
Saturday, over 20 UHCO students participated in the third annual 'Day of Service', at the Houston Food Bank. The group was able to help prepare over 13,000 meals for Houston. This event is in honor of our building namesake, Dr. J. Davis Armistead for his service and dedication to UHCO and the community.
Mindy Fox, UHCO ophthalmic technician in the Ocular Diagnostic/Medical Eye Service, recently received the UH President’s Excellence Award in the technical/service/craft division. She and the other recipients were honored at a ceremony on August 13. Congratulations, Mindy!