University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
June 4, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Chairs Honored by Via Center

USA Family Practice Chair Dr. Allen Perkins, USA Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Chair Dr. Roma Hanks and USA Trustee Arlene Mitchell at the recent Via awards ceremony. To view or download a high-resolution version of this photo, click here.

University of South Alabama Professor and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Dr. Roma Hanks was named the 2012 recipient of the Arlene F. Mitchell Award by Via Health Fitness & Enrichment Center during a luncheon recently at the Via Center in Midtown.

According to the organization, the award is “given each year in recognition of exceptional support and generosity by those who share Mrs. Mitchell’s spirit and dedication to older adults and the success of the Via Center.” Mitchell, a USA trustee, also has been a long-time board member of Via Center.

Hanks also leads the USA Center for Generational Studies, which is headquartered at Via Center and works in partnership with the group.

In her speech accepting the award, Hanks said she believes in the past, as embodied by those who use the Via Center, and the future, as expressed through her work with USA students.

Dr. Allen Perkins, chair of the USA College of Medicine Department of Family Practice, won one of the group’s leadership awards. He has worked to secure HRSA Title VII grant funding for improving the geriatrics education of Family Medicine residents.

In conjunction with this training, the department has been able to deliver care on-site at the Central Plaza Towers and provides on-site health education and screening services at Via.

Perkins said, “Seeing folks in community settings such as this allows the residents to better understand the aging process and to see aging as natural and not a disease to be treated.”


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