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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences
Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, all. I hope you are finding ways to enjoy your summer, as unusual as it has been. Much of what I have recently addressed in this weekly newsletter has been COVID-19-related, but I want to emphasize the importance of resting and recharging for the fall semster, which is fast-approaching.

As we progress toward a new semester, we received word of the federal government's rescinding of international visa restrictions—good news for our returning international students.  Also, we continue to ramp up our free, on-campus testing. Please take advantage of this opportunity. Be sure not to eat or drink anything a half-hour before your test and bring your University ID. Also, I urge you all to sign the Illinois Pledge and follow its guidelines for a safe return to campus.

Remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have many successes to celebrate! Be sure to submit your information. To ensure inclusion in Monday's email, we ask that you send information by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The College of AHS has created an informational page that includes a collection of campus resources to help with migrating instruction online.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this page, please send a note to


KCH professor John Kosciulek has a new publication entitled, "Capitalizing on Diversity in Counselor Education: An Application of the Interaction for Learning Framework," in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development in which he and his co-authors posit that incorporating multicultural interactions in a counselor program will help future counselors be more attuned to cultural issues they are not usually accustomed to, and therefore more prepared to help the person they’re counseling.


The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute at the University of Illinois has a recurring feature related to health equity and health disparities.  This week the spotlight is on KCH Assistant Teaching Professor Tim Hale.


Chicago's Large Lot project, which measures the power of private land stewardship to address urban vacancy—spearheaded by RST professor Bill Stewart—has shown great success.

Two of our students recently shared how they have made adjustments to their applied practice and internship experiences in the wake of COVID-19.  MPH student Nicole Alberto shared details about her remote Applied Practice Experience, and RST student Cristina Guerrero had her internship plans upended by COVID-19. But, thanks to a new program in RST, she found some interesting summer work.

Jeff D'Alessio, managing editor of the News-Gazette, highlighted the work of AHS in a new feature they are calling "Illinois Insider."



The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


Clinical faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are working hard to offer telepractice services to meet the needs of graduate students and the community. SHS students need to gain as many telepractice hours as possible this summer in order to be able to graduate on time. The goal is to recruit as many clients as possible, with services offered through Aug. 16. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. You can find more information here.


START, a research program focused on aging intended for AHS undergraduate students, has a website designed to showcase the program. AHS faculty members played a critical role in training these students. We encourage you to take a look at some of the fantastic research being undertaken through this program.


The Motor Control Research Lab in partnership with the Illini Fall Prevention Clinic is conducting an online survey to explore how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected physical function, and fall-risk in the U.S. population. The ultimate goal of this survey will be to understand the circumstances (i.e. location, timing, precipitating factors, etc.) and risk factors of falls during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure that we can learn valuable lessons in terms of behavioral and environment modifications to prevent fall-related injuries in times of enforced self-isolation at home. You are invited to complete this survey if 1) you are at least 18 years or older, 2) you understand written English, 3) you live in the U.S. The survey will close on Aug. 30. You can find the survey here.


If you are conducting research related to COVID-19, or are otherwise helping to solve the coronavirus pandemic, we'd like to know about it.  Please send a brief description of your involvement to

We are also asking our alumni to share information related to how they may be helping to mitigate the pandemic.  We will continue to share these stories as we learn of them.

The Dean's List is delivered on Monday. To ensure inclusion of your announcement, submit information by 5 pm the previous Friday. Please submit your announcements or calendar items to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Phone: (217) 333-2131 FAX: (217) 333-0404

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