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CHPE director, SHRP faculty earn national acclaim

Published on Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Medical Center's continuing health professional education director attains the highest standards for CHPEs in the country, while a dental hygiene faculty member in the School of Health Related Professions faculty garners worldly acclaim.

CHPE director achieves certification milestone

Portrait of Elizabeth Franklin


Dr. Elizabeth Franklin, director of continuing health professional education, recently passed the certifying exam for continuing education health-care professionals administered by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions and the Commission for Certification of Healthcare Professionals (CCHCP).

The Certified Healthcare Continuing Professional Development Professional (CHCP) credential provides an educational self-assessment experience to those employed in the health-care CPD field while defining competence for the profession. It represents the assurance that health-care CPD is being managed and monitored by those who understand the principles of adult learning and professional development, know how to frame clinical content for maximum impact and can interpret the rules and regulations that define the field.

"This is an important achievement and represents the highest standards in the industry," said Dr. Mitzi Norris, executive director for academic effectiveness. "We are pleased that someone with this expertise is leading UMMC's CHPE."

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DH professor's research earns world award

Portrait of Beckie Barry


Dr. Rebecca M. Barry, professor of dental hygiene in the School of Health Related Professions, has been selected to receive the fourth Sunstar World Dental Hygienist Research Award.

The national Sunstar Foundation established the World Dental Hygienist Awards to recognize dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to dental hygiene science or to patients, the community and the general public.

Barry's research, "Impact of Operator Positioning on Musculoskeletal Disorders and Work Habits among Mississippi Dental Hygienists," was instrumental in her receiving the honor.