College of Health and Human Services

Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services is composed of exceptional, longstanding programs in blindness and low vision studies, nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, social work, and speech pathology and audiology. Emerging programs include gerontology, health technology, holistic health and others. 

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Barton with HowellSocial work associate professor receives prestigious awareness award
Dr. Barbara Barton, associate professor of social work, received the prestigious 2015 Education/Public Awareness Award from the The Brain Injury Association of Michigan. “Through her work as a social worker and educator, Barb has brought brain injury awareness to the general public with her unique perspective,” said BIAMI President Michael Dabbs, in presenting the award.

Frog by GinterYoung artist shares passion for photography in his first exhibit
Nathan Ginter, a 15-year-old freshman at Portage Central High School, is displaying his first photography exhibit in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through June 30. A public reception took place in the gallery on Wednesday, May 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Jennifer harrisonSocial work faculty specialist II and coordinator of field education wins Teaching Excellence Award
Jennifer Harrison has been selected to receive the 2014-15 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award based on her teaching skills in all three areas of the award criteria: classroom teaching; creative and innovative work as regards teaching, fieldwork or supervision; and teaching that involves interdisciplinary or collaborative activity. 

WMU students and faculty and migrant workersBoth Sides of the Fence study abroad program wins grant and recognition at 'Americas' summit
Western Michigan University's Both Sides of the Fence study abroad program, directed by Denise Bowen (PA) and Maureen Mickus (OT), is one of 10 U.S. university programs that have won the latest round in a grant funding competition aimed at new innovative partnerships that will increase student mobility to and from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

Linda ReeserSocial work professor Linda Reeser wins lifetime award from state association
Dr. Linda Reeser was presented the award during the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan annual conference April 9-10 in Kalamazoo's Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites. The award is the most prestigious award given annually by the organization to the social workers who have spent a career advocating for the profession and their clients. Nominees must demonstrate a continued commitment to the principles of social justice through leadership, education and advocacy.

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