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“National Allied Health Week” is being celebrated November 5 to 11, and provides an opportunity to shine a light on the important role that allied health professionals play as part of today’s interconnected healthcare teams.

Who are allied health professionals?  They are the professionals involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation and health systems management, among others. Allied health professionals include dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists, to name just a few roles.

The recognition week is organized by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. ASAHP membership consists of 116 academic institutions and four professional associations.

To learn more about the many roles that are considered part of the allied health field, feel free to visit the link here.

I want to thank all our allied health professionals for your support of the faculty, students, staff, and patients.  We achieve our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives because of you.

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The fires in Sonoma and Napa counties are affecting many people in the North Bay community including some members of the Dugoni School and University family.

We are monitoring the news reports and encourage you to be safe as this incident develops. These fires undoubtedly affect some of our own students, faculty, staff, alumni and patients, or their friends and family members. We encourage you to be flexible with your schedule if you are being immediately affected or need to care for family members or other loved ones who are impacted by the fires.

Updates about the location and status of the fires are available at the Cal Fire web site and in numerous local news media including SFGate.

Please also keep in mind that the University has an Employee Assistance Program available to employees and their dependents. This program offers free and confidential assessment and counseling services for people who are in need.

Resources for students include Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provide through the University.

Students who would like more information about assistance available to them may also contact the dental school’s Office of Student Services on the 4th Floor.

Source: ABC7

PAS program students in class

Our Master of Physician Assistant Studies program on the Sacramento campus is fairly new, but it joins a field of healthcare that is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

The physician assistant, or PA, profession was born in the mid-1960s out of a need for healthcare providers in the midst of a primary-care physician shortage in that decade. You can learn more about the interesting history of the PA field on the American Academy of Physician Assistants website.

I would like to thank Program Director and Department Chair Mark Christiansen, PhD, PA-C, and his entire team for everything they have done to successfully launch the PA program this past year. It is a shining example of success and inter-professional collaboration for the Dugoni School and the entire University. We are glad to play an important role in serving as the temporary academic home for the program.

I am pleased to share with you the 2016-2017 Academic Year in Review, a new report that covers just some of the successes and highlights of our last academic year (spanning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017).

The report highlights some of the many metrics we track as part of our school-wide outcomes measures. As you can see, we collectively make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people each year through our academic programs, clinical services, research, community outreach, and other areas.

Thank you for making our last academic year a success and for your ongoing efforts to help the Dugoni School thrive.

You can read the report electronically, or download a copy of it below.