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    Mailman Center Newsletter 
June 2015
Alumni Corner

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Employee Highlights

Congratulations! Michelle
Michelle Schladant
Michelle Schladant, PhD, Assistant Director of the Mailman Center and Associate Director of the LEND programs in the Department of Pediatrics, officially joined the faculty in April.  She is also the Program Director for the FAAST program here at the Mailman Center.  Michelle earned her PhD in 2011.

Well Done Shelly!

Shelly Baer
The Miami Access Community Resource Guide's third edition, published by the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity, was dedicated to Shelly Baer who was instrumental in envisioning and bringing that concept to life in 2008.  


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In this Issue...


Pediatric Mobile Clinic Expands Telemedicine Services
The University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic, which provides medical care to uninsured children in need, has been awarded a $105,000 grant from the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) via the Florida Department of Health. The grant will be used to hire additional staff, buy new technology and expand the clinic’s telemedicine services.
“Free and charitable clinics provide a much needed safety net for uninsured residents who otherwise might not be able to afford expensive medical and dental treatments,’’ FAFCC Executive Director Mark Cruise said. “Our new grant program, made possible by the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, makes it possible for these organizations to build capacity to be able to reach even more people who need services.”   Read more

Dr. Ruby Natale Awarded $1.6 million for Obesity Prevention Study

Ruby Natale and Sarah MessiahRuby Natale, PhD, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Sarah E. Messiah, Ph.D., MPH, Research Associate Professor, were awarded a $1.6 million grant by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for a three year period.  The funds will be used for their Childhood Obesity Prevention study program. 

Natale and Messiah’s team will train early case and education staff and parents in partnership with the USDA Cooperative Extension. They will roll the training out at 12 schools randomized to the treatment arm of the trial in the first and second years of the study. In the third year they will expand to more than 400 preschools within Miami-Dade County.  Read More

MCCD's Assistive Technology Program Highlighted in Miami Herald
Michelle SchladantiPads Help Kids with Disabilities Learn to Talk written by Michelle Schladant, PhD, South Florida Regional Coordinator for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST), was published in the Miami Heralds' May 19th issue.  In this article, Dr. Schladant describes how a type of technology, also known as assistive communication, is helping nonverbal children with a variety of disabilities to communicate.  Mobile devices such as the iPad have emerged as a fun and practical option for parents of children with disabilities.  The iPad is the most popular and has the most apps available for children who are not yet talking or talking very little.  Read More

Congratulations to LEND Trainee, Rocio de la Grana!
Rocio de la GranaMailman Center LEND trainee, Rocio de la Grana, received the 2015 Student of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Work-FL Miami Dade Chapter.   Ms. De la Grana joined the Mailman Center as a LEND trainee and a social work intern in the Division of Pediatric immunology and Infectious Diseases, in the Spring semester of 2015.  She studies the Master of Social Work program at Florida International University.   Read more

Congratulations to Former LEND Trainee Lourdes Modella 
Lourdes Molleda, one of our former public health trainees, was among the four individuals accepted into the inaugural class of a new PhD program in Prevention Science and Community Health here at the University of Miami.  Her tuition is fully paid for and she will receive a stipend! 
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