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    Mailman Center Newsletter 
June 2014
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Employee Highlights

Michael Coleman, Gold Medal Winner

Michael Coleman, 3 times gold medal winner, participated in the Special Olympics held in Orlando, Florida on May 17, 2014.  Representing the Dade County, Miami Special Olympics, Michael
took part in the 100 meters race and won first place, bringing home a gold medal.  His finish time?... 45 seconds.  His very best finish so far was 25 seconds at the March 2014 Miami Special Olympics race where he also walked away with a gold medal.  Congratulations Michael!!

Julieta Hernandez Earns PhD
Julieta Hernandez
Julieta Hernandez, LCSW, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on March 20, 2014 at Florida International University, College of Public Health and Social Work.  Her study, “Maternal-Fetal Attachment and Health Behaviors Among Women with HIV/AIDS”, was conducted among pregnant HIV-infected women receiving care in our PRIM clinic.  Congratulations Dr. Hernandez on a job well done!

Congratulations to Shelly Baer
Shelly Baer was one of the 2013 Public Space Challenge winners! Her idea was to install benches along Brickell Bay Drive walkway so local residents can sit and enjoy the scenic view of Biscayne Bay.

Maria Toro, a Lucky Winner

Maria Toro is the lucky winner of Qatar Airways Giveaway, winning two tickets.  Maria plans to return to Dharamsala, India to visit an orphanage where she worked for 3 months in 2010.  Congratulations Maria!


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In this Issue...

Advocacy in Action

Sylvia Goncz, MsEd, Early Discovery Program Manager at the University of Miami, Rachel Goldstein, ETLP student and Greg Witkin, LEND trainee met with Florida Representatives and Staff and brought compelling stories from families with children with Disabilities at the 2014 Disability Policy Seminar.  This event is the largest and leading opportunity for advocates to advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This unique platform offers the opportunity to come together with other advocates, learn about the issues, and speak with elected officials about what is important in the world of disabilities.  Topics included: Advancing our Policy Agenda, Affordable Care Act Implementation, Structure, Functions, and Its Impact on Disability Policy, Autism and Developmental Disability Legislation on the Horizon, Legislative Approaches to Employment Policy, Social Security: Challenges and Opportunities, Improving Education Policy and Stopping the Use of Restraints and Seclusion, Impacting Policy by Telling your Story.

Audiology LEND Trainees with PosterAudiology LEND Trainees Win First Prize

Audiology LEND trainees Cory McNabb, Sarah Laurello and Bianca Gomez win first prize for their poster presentation 'Preparing Professionals for Working with Children who are Multiply Involved'  at the national Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) conference.  The EHDI program focuses on early hearing loss identification and intervention in children. The conference brings together specialists who are involved with newborn hearing screening, and follow-up, intervention, and education from across the country. There, specialists share information and ideas on how to improve screening accuracy, reduce lost to follow-up, early intervention techniques and needs, and diagnostics for early diagnosis of hearing loss.

Mailman Presents at the Florida Network Meeting

Shelly Baer, Associate Director/Training and LEND trainees Mayra Gomez, Jessica Rego, Christina Fals, Sarah Shin, and Fellow Jennifer Safstrom attended the second annual Florida Network of Maternal Child Health Bureau-Funded Training Program Meeting in Orlando from April 24-25. The theme this year was Transitioning. University of Florida, University of South Florida and Mailman Center presented to the group about their transitioning initiatives. Keynote speakers included Diane Weller, RN from Children’s Medical Services; Janet Hess, DrPH of University of South Florida and David Wood, MD of University of Florida College of Medicine who discussed the Florida Hats Program and transition activities in the State of Florida. Sarah Shin presented a poster on her capstone project Telehealth Nutrition in Miami Dade County Public Schools in Underserved Population and Jennifer Safstrom presented on her Emerging Transformation Leadership Program group project Inclusive Parks for All.

Dr. Robert MorganRobert Morgan Receives Justice for All Award

Robert Morgan, PhD, Director of Social Work, received the Heroes Program Community Advocacy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Victims of Crime, on April 7, 2014 in Coral Gables Florida, National Crime Victims' rights Week, Coral Gables Police Department.
Jean Sherman Recognized for Excellence in Leadership and      Service Jean ShermanJean Sherman
Barbara Palmer, Director, Agency for Persons with Disabilities presented an award to Dr. Jean Sherman, Associate Professor, at the Family Care Council (FCC) meeting on May 17, 2014 in Orlando. She was recognized for her “leadership and commitment to enhancing the lives of families and individuals with developmental disabilities in Florida” over the past 20 years.  Jean also received the "Distinguished Service Award" for her two terms of service as Chair with the FCC.  Jean announced that she will retire from her University of Miami faculty position as of June 30, 2014.

Newborn Hearing Screening Program Awarded for Excellence
The Newborn Hearing Screening program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, headed by Dr. Robert Fifer, recognized for Excellence in performance for the Months of March and April 2014.  Presented by Children Medical Services (CMS) of the Florida Dept. of Health, this award signifies that the Newborn Screening program has met CMS' criteria for program quality.
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