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  • Social Work Now Offering the PRI-Care Fellowship

    by Johnny Arguedas | Dec 22, 2017

    Students selected into the program will receive education in evidence based models for assessment, prevention, and treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders in and for collaborative interprofessional practice. The program’s goal is to enhance the workforce for practice with these populations in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

    This training will include:

    • Completion of courses/experiences in Interprofessional Collaboration, Substance Use Disorders, Evidence-Based Practice.
    • Special educational seminars;
    • Internship in a designated PRI-Care Program agency;
    • Completion of an interprofessional PRI-Care Program Capstone Project promoting behavioral health wellness;
    • Mentorship from a professional in their field;
    • Contributing to the development and implementation of the PRI-Care Annual Forum.

    Application process

    The application will include:

    • Application Form
    • An essay discussing the students affinity for and commitment to working with underserved communities;
    • Reference Form
    • Resume
    • Transcripts (Directors will review transcripts- no need to submit)

    Fellows will be selected by Dr. Shauna Acquavita, the Program Director; Dr. Michael Brubaker, Dr. Dana Harley and Dr. Amanda LaGuardia, Program Co-Director; and members of the PRI-Care Program Executive Council composed of partnering agency representatives, other professional in the field, and representatives of families living with behavioral health disorders. Please email Dr. Acquavita for further information.

  • Social Work Announces New Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

    by Johnny Arguedas | Dec 22, 2017

    This certificate will provide students from social work, allied health, nursing, medicine, political science, psychology, sociology, counseling, criminal justice, and other disciplines with knowledge and skills to work with persons with developmental disabilities in a variety of social, healthcare, and educational settings.

    DD picStudents will explore and understand theories, programs, policies, interventions, and services related to this population. They will increase their competitiveness for positions in organizations that work for and with individuals with developmental disabilities, including healthcare providers, home-based services, education providers, recreation agencies, and other private and public sector organizations.





     Courses  Title Semester   Credit Hours
    SW3060/7060   Foundations in Developmental Disabilities (DD)  Fall  3
    SW3061/7061  Theories in DD and Human Development  Spring  3
    SW3062/7062  Best Practice Approaches in DD  Fall  3
    SW3063/7063  Policy and Leadership in DD  Spring  3


    A flyer is available for download (pdf). To learn more about the Certificate in Developmental Disabilities, please email us ​or give us ​a call at 513-556-4615. 

    To learn more about the UC Center for Excellence in DD, visit our webpage at


  • 6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 08, 2017

    6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

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    There are a wide variety of career options in allied health. Some career options include rehabilitation therapy, preventive and diagnostic evaluation, nutritional and dietary advice, treatment to diseases and disorders, and managing and operating our heath care systems. Allied health workers represent nearly 60% of our health care workforce and job opportunities continue to increase every year.

    Some examples of allied health professions include medical laboratory scientist, imaging technologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, nutrition and dietitians and physician assistants and many more.

    6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    1. Flexibility Pursuing a career in allied health can be flexible. Allied health careers often require less education and training than medical doctors so they can enter the workforce quicker. Allied health professions also have offer a variety of jobs all over the word in all different types of settings. You can work in a hospital or laboratory, work from home and offer counseling and therapy, work for corporations and government agencies or provide medical billing and coding services.
    2. Personal Satisfaction by Helping Others People often choose to pursue a career in health care because of the opportunity to help others. They enjoy working with people everyday, giving advice to others and helping people live better and healthier lives. There are very few jobs that allow you to make a significant difference in someone’s life, and there is no greater service that can be offered than by helping others in need to better their lives.
    3. Job Security and Stability There are many different careers that can be pursued in allied health and all allied health careers are growing at rates faster than the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the field of health care as one of the country’s largest and fastest growing industries and estimates that 3.2 million new health care jobs will have been created by 2018.  Additionally, careers in allied health are offered in just about every major city around the nation. As long as people exist, there will always be a high demand for careers in allied health.
    4. Benefits and Competitive Pay Along with having flexible work schedules, allied heath care professionals earn competitive pay compared to other health industries. Most allied health professions also offer generous career benefits, including health insurance, vacation time and retirement plans. Many healthcare employers also provide tuition reimbursement and paid training programs to employees who commit to work for a specified time following graduation.
    5. Military-Career Advantages When pursuing a career in allied health this can open the door to work in military services. There are many benefits to working in military health care, including helping others and serving your country. Several students at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences are either completing their education after being in the military or pursue work in a military setting after graduation.
    6. Advancement Opportunities There are many ways to advance when working in allied health. With the experience that you gain, you can open your own clinic or continue to pursue an advanced degree in your field. Many hospitals even offer continuing education programs and paid higher education opportunities to help employees in healthcare advance in their career.

    Pursuing a career in allied health is a great way to get started in the healthcare field and for many it can turn out to be a very fulfilling career with great job stability and benefits and many ways to advance! 

  • Social Work teams up with CECH for HRSA grant

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Oct 18, 2017

    Social Work teams up with CECH for HRSA grant 

    PRI-Care team of faculty

    The School of Social Work is teaming up with Counseling Program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) for a $1.9 million grant from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for the Professionals Ready to Integrate Care (PRI-Care) fellowship program.

    The grant, which is headed by School of Social Work associate professor, Shauna Acquavita, PhD, seeks to expand the workforce by integrating behavioral health and services with primary care in the greater Cincinnati region. The PRI-Care program will train 116 graduate students in social work, mental health counseling, and school counseling to provide behavioral health services to individuals across the lifespan who live in underserved communities.

    Twenty-nine students will be selected as PRI-Care fellows each year for the next four years. Students will complete specialized coursework related to integrated healthcare and substance abuse and complete an interprofessional leadership project. PRI-Care Fellows will be supported in their advanced field service or internship through a stipend of $10,000 per student.

    The PRI-Care program builds upon the HRSA-funded program Serving At-risk youth Fellowship Experience (SAFE), which began in the School of Social Work in 2014 and the Serving At-risk youth Fellowship Experience in Counseling (SAFE-C), which began in CECH’s counseling program in 2016. The PRI-Care fellowship propels these programs from being multi-professional to inter-professional, from focusing on a target population of children and youth to encompassing individuals across the lifespan, and to greater integrate behavioral health and primary care across health care and educational settings.

    The co-investigators on the grant are Dana Harley, PhD, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; Michael Brubaker, PhD, associate professor in CECH’s Counseling Program and Amanda C. LaGuardia, PhD; assistant professor in CECH’s Counseling Program.


  • CAHS Welcomes President Pinto!

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jan 12, 2017


    Welcome President Pinto

    President Pinto

     The University of Cincinnati (UC) will welcome it’s 30th president in February 2017. Neville Pinto, PhD was named UC’s next president on December 17th by the UC Board of Trustees.

    Currently, President-Elect Pinto, is serving as the acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. Pinto has a long history with UC and many are excited for his return.

    Pinto served for 26 years on UC’s faculty in chemical engineering.  During this time, he held numerous administrative roles including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School.

    In 2011, Pinto left UC and joined the University of Louisville as the Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. In 2015, he was named Interim Provost and most recently he is serving as the universities’ acting president.

    The search for UC’s president started in August after former President Santa Ono, PhD, left UC to become the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

    College of Allied Health Sciences Dean, Tina Whalen, EdD, was one of the members of the presidential search committee that had a hand in choosing our 30th president.

    The university has a specific composition that makes up a presidential search committee (as outlined in University Rule 3361:10-6-01). A full list of search committee members can be found at the bottom of this article. As the Chairman of the Dean’s Council it made sense that Whalen would represent the university deans on the search. 

    Prior to beginning the search, the committee held sessions across the university to collect feedback about what stakeholders wanted in their next president. Based off of these conversations the committee knew that they couldn’t replicate former President Santa Ono, but they needed to find a candidate that was in touch with students. These sessions also made it clear that faculty and students wanted a president who ascribed by the values of the institution and who would not see UC as a stepping stone opportunity.

    After reviewing and interviewing the pool of candidates the committee recommended four finalists who then had further interviews with a number of stakeholder representatives. The final decision was solely with the Board of Trustees.

    “We were committed to getting the best possible candidate” Whalen said about the presidential search committee. To ensure that the committee had the highest quality pool they also had to protect the antinomy of the candidates for as long as they could. 

    “President Pinto offered the best of both worlds” says Whalen. “He has a history and knowledge of the university and has developed new experiences and skills while at the University of Louisville.”

    It was also important to the committee that Pinto made it clear that he wanted to come back to Cincinnati. “He intends to come here and establish himself in the university and the community” says Whalen.

    During his past years at UC, Pinto showed he was an advocate for the College of Allied Health Sciences and the Academic Health Center. 

    While he was dean of the graduate school, he worked with CAHS on a number of programs including:

    • Approving the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program, a program that will surpass 200 graduates this year.
    • Moving the genetic counseling from CAHS to the College of Medicine. He was able to save the program by finding it another home, showing that he put students at the forefront of his decisions.
    • Supporting early conversations about the development of our Master of Occupational Therapy program which is currently in the final stages of accreditation.

    Whalen says she excited about Pinto’s arrival. “He is thoughtful, a good listener and very process-oriented when it comes to decision making” she says.  She also notes that she has received unsolicited messages from past and present faculty at the university who share in her excitement. Many of them say they have had positive interactions with Pinto over the years and thank the committee for their time during the search.

    As UC approaches its Bicentennial year, it now has a leader that can help take our rising institution to new heights. The campus is eager to see what 2017 with President Pinto will bring.

    Search Committee Members

    Rob Richardson, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee

    Shakila Ahmad, UC Foundation Board of Trustees
    C. Francis Barrett, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas D. Cassady, UC Board of Trustees
    Phil D. Collins, UC Board of Trustees
    Thomas H. Humes, Past Chairman, UC Board of Trustees
    Ericka King-Betts, Community Member
    Richard P. Lofgren, President and CEO, UC Health
    W. Troy Neat, UC Alumni Association
    Mitchell A. Phelps, Undergraduate Student Government
    Robert Probst, Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
    Sid Thatham, Graduate Student Government, Vice President
    Tina F. Whalen, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Faculty Member, elected by Faculty Senate
    Ohio Department of Higher Education Designee, Gary Cates, Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents

    Watch an interview with President Pinto here:

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PO Box 210108
Cincinnati OH 45221-0108
Phone: 513-556-4615
Fax: 513-556-2077

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