OT’s Schultz-Krohn earns outstanding professor award

Winifred Schultz-Krohn, an occupational therapy professor in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University, has earned the Outstanding Professor Award for 2014. Schultz-Krohn will be recognized at the Faculty Service Recognition Luncheon on March 11.

Schultz-Krohn has worked at the university for 18 years and she said the best part of her time as an educator has been her students’ willingness to “leap into activities.”

“My research agenda is in the area of homelessness,” she said. “My students have always been very willing to work with this underserved population .”

Winfred Schultz-Krohn, center, works with students in an occupational therapy classroom. She will receive the outstanding professor award March 11 at the SJSU Faculty Service and Recognition Luncheon.

Winfred Schultz-Krohn, center, works with students in an occupational therapy classroom. She will receive the outstanding professor award March 11 at the SJSU Faculty Service and Recognition Luncheon.

She said through the efforts of her students, the OT department has been able to put forward a number of proposals at state, national and international conferences that were well received. One group of students was invited to Chile to present their work.

“Wynn has a great passion for occupational therapy and teaching,” said Pamela Richardson, the chair of the Occupational Therapy department, via email. “She is committed to helping students succeed and supports them as an instructor, advisor and mentor. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious and she passes on her love of the profession to our students, many who remain in touch with her long after their graduation.”

Schultz-Krohn said she was surprised when she got a call from SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi.

“Some faculty in OT nominated me last year,” she said, noting that the nomination process requires the nominee to put together an extensive portfolio for consideration. “I wasn’t selected last year, but I thought there are a lot of wonderful professors (at SJSU.)”

She said she got a call in fall 2013 that her portfolio from last year had been kept and moved forward as a finalist for the 2013-14 school year.

“I got the call and it was a Friday morning,” she said, adding that she had been in a rush to get to an all-day Academic Senate meeting so she answered in a casual manner only to be surprised to find President Qayoumi on the line.

She said she was thrilled with the news of the award.

In her teaching, Schultz-Krohn said she is always cognizant of explaining to students how the things they are learning in the classroom will benefit clients in the future.

“I help them to see the connection,” she said. “They are not in practice yet so it might seem a bit remote or disconnected.”

Schultz-Krohn’s scholarly interests include pediatrics, family centered intervention, families and children who are faced with homelessness and living in shelters, individuals with feeding problems, neurological disorders and neurological rehabilitation. She has served on the American Occupational Therapy Association Commission of Continuing Competence and Professional Development. She serves as faculty advisor for the SJSU chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the honor society for Occupational Therapy. She also represents the College of Applied Sciences and Arts on Academic  Senate and is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) steering committee, which is preparing for a university-wide accreditation this spring.

When asked how she balances teaching and her service on campus, she said, “Oh, lots of chocolate.”

“I do feel very committed to this campus,” she said. “I do want to give back. I’ve been very fortunate to receive grants from campus and had a sabbatical leave granted a while back. I feel a real commitment to serve the community in any capacity I can.”

Read the announcement story of the awards on the SJSU blog at: http://blogs.sjsu.edu/today/2014/outstanding-professor-award/

Dean Bullock MCs Health Trust 5-year initiative launch

Charles C. Bullock, the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University, and the chair of The Health Trust board, will serve as master of ceremony Jan. 16 as the nonprofit launches its five-year initiative to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America for everyone. The event, held at Mexican Heritage Plaza, highlights the work the agency has done in the last five years as well as the focus for the next five years to come.

Dean Charles C. Bullock

Dean Charles C. Bullock

The nonprofit agency was founded two decades ago with initial funding from the sale of two nonprofit hospitals in the region. The priority has always been to combat health disparities in the Silicon Valley region, with a focus on Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.

Bullock oversees the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, where many of the programs are focused on graduating students who work in fields that are related to issues The Health Trust is trying to address.  They include:

  • Health Science
  • Kinesiology,
  • Nursing,
  • Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work

At the Thursday event, Bullock will introduce different segments of the program that includes keynote speaker Dr. Julie Gerberding, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a San José mayoral candidate forum, as well as breakout discussions.

In a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPtH0XEO85o) that will be shown at the launch, Frederick J. Ferrer, the CEO of the Health Trust, discussed some of the successes from recent years as well as the direction in which the nonprofit will be going for the coming years.

“We found a way to increase gardens so people can grow their own food in home gardens, community gardens and even in apartment gardens,” he said, of efforts to provide produce to low-income families.

The agency also continued to provide for Meals on Wheels programs and looked at ways to get senior citizens engaged in their own advocacy. They launched fundraising efforts for HIV/Aids advocacy, including Dining Out for Life and Hike and Bike to engage community support. They provide dental services to children suffering from oral health problems. They also created a program to help homeless and chronically ill populations as Silicon Valley has one of the largest homeless populations in the United States.

“In 2008, when we launched our last five-year plan, our vision was to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America – and statistically it is the healthiest,” he said, in a press release. “But statistics don’t tell what is really a tale of two cities. There are too many people in this community who don’t enjoy great wealth and don’t enjoy good health because they don’t have access to fresh produce or healthy places to exercise or services that they need to manage a chronic illness – or a roof over their heads. That’s why our new vision is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in American for everyone.”

The Health Trust has pledged to invest $80 million to combat some of the biggest challenges in Silicon Valley for low-income residents. In a press release, they estimate 13 percent of children are living in poverty and many suffer from dental disease, half of adults are overweight or obese, 20,000 adults and  youth are homeless, and thousands of older adults are isolated.

Some of the initiatives include:

  • Fresh Cart mobile produce vendors  and a Healthy Corner Stores marketing campaign to encourage consumption of healthy foods
  • Pay for Success projects that use private sector financing to support money-saving answers to expensive problems such as homelessness and severe mental illness
  • Aging Well Network Hubs that will connect older adults and their families to the information, services and relationships they need to thrive in their neighborhoods

Ferrer said the new five-year plan will continue the commitment started in 2008 to the same priorities. The three new initiatives, Healthy Living, Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging, will build on the organization’s signature policy and programmatic work, such as AIDS Services, Meals On Wheels and the community water fluoridation campaign, while moving toward more entrepreneurial funding strategies.

“At The Health Trust we believe that Silicon Valley, a community where innovation is changing the world, also can be a community where innovation improves the lives of all residents,” Ferrer said.

For more on The Health Trust, visit http://healthtrust.org/