A busy week across USF Health celebrating Veterans Day

This week, faculty, staff and students are hosting, attending, and celebrating events that highlight and honor today’s vets. Take a look below at some of the highlights of events from across the week. Further down are some of the many ways USF Health is working to make life better for veterans.

Coverage of some of the veteran-related events from USF Health

More than 70 units with 1,600 volunteers participated in the Veterans Day Parade at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Here are a couple of photos, but click here and click here to visit the VA’s Flickr photo books.

Haley VA Parade

Haley VA Parade

Haley VA Parade

Haley VA Parade

The USF College of Public Health’s OSHA Training Institute is offering courses in Wesley Chapel this week. The course on Nov. 10 is titled “Noise Hazards in the Construction Industry” and will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The course on Nov. 12 is titled “Managing Excavation Hazards” and will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Click here to learn more.

OTI Course Instructor Kevin Yarborough teaches a group attending the Evacuation and Emergency Planning  class that was offered at the USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Wesley Chapel, FL on Nov. 9. Courses continue today and Thursday.

OTI Course Instructor Kevin Yarborough teaches a group attending the Evacuation and Emergency Planning class that was offered at the USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Wesley Chapel, FL on Nov. 9. Courses continue today and Thursday.

DogFest was a great success. The DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Tampa surpassed its goal and raised more than $36,400 toward an effort to provide a canine companion to a local veteran. The USF Health event was Sunday, Nov. 8, and several dozen supporters attended, including several four-legged ones. Volunteers for the day included USF Health’s Medicine in the Armed Forces student group.

USF Health turned out to help raise awareness and funds for canine companions.

USF Health turned out to help raise awareness and more than $36,400 in  funds for canine companions.

 

Points of pride on USF Health’s commitment to veterans

Programs across USF Health are focused on veterans. Here is a sampling of some of them:

School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences:

Josh Sparling is silhouetted after completing the obstacle course at the Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site. Sparling and 13 other wounded  warriors are taking part in a University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences research study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The project is evaluating how well different types of prosthetic feet work for the rigorous and agile maneuvers soldiers must perform on the battlefield – from running and jumping to dodging, crawling and climbing.  The study will ultimately benefit civilian amputees with physically challenging occupations, such as firefighters and police officers, or anyone with physically-demanding recreational pursuits, says USF assistant professor Dr. Jason Highsmith, who is leading the study. The double-blind randomized trial enrolls 28 physically fit people - half are high-functioning amputee soldiers and veterans, the other 14 (the control group) are non-amputees, including accomplished civilian athletes and law enforcement officers.

Josh Sparling is silhouetted after completing the obstacle course at the Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site. Sparling and 13 other wounded warriors participated in a USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences research study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The project evaluated how well different types of prosthetic feet work for the rigorous and agile maneuvers soldiers must perform on the battlefield – from running and jumping to dodging, crawling and climbing. The study will ultimately benefit civilian amputees with physically challenging occupations, such as firefighters and police officers, or anyone with physically-demanding recreational pursuits, said USF associate professor Dr. Jason Highsmith, principal investigator for the double-blind randomized trial, who works out of James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital as deputy chief of the Research & Surveillance Division, Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence.

College of Public Health:

College of Nursing:

nursing VA PTSD study

The USF College of Nursing leads research on a novel technique to alleviate veterans’ symptoms of combat-related and military sexual trauma. That treatment – called Accelerated Resolution Therapy, or ART – has been under study at the USF College of Nursing for more than four years, showing remarkable results among initial participants, namely military veterans and civilians with symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

USF Health-wide: