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Hope's KitchenStudents and faculty involved with Alpha Phi Omega (APO) at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine are having a busy season with Hope’s Kitchen, which offers hot meals for those in need in the Kirksville, Mo., area.  Hope’s Kitchen is open two Saturdays a month, and has recently increased the number of meals served each 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month from 200 to 250.

Hope’s Kitchen is preparing for its first Community Christmas Celebration on Dec. 21 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Parrish. Instead of delivering meals out to the community, everyone is invited to come in to the kitchen for a social meal. The entire community is invited and door prizes will be given away.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is a national service fraternity that has provided more than fifty years of service to the Kirksville community, and is just one of several organizations involved with Hope’s Kitchen.

Dr. Ryle gives a presentation on the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project

Dr. Ryle gives a presentation on the AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project

Students and faculty at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medical School observed national Primary Care Week on Nov. 18-22, 2013. Events were sponsored by ATSU-KCOM and Missouri Area Health Education Centers,

Several student organizations sponsored guest speakers, including Margaret Wilson, DO, dean, and Wesley Ryle, MD, associate professor, family medicine, as well as other community healthcare professionals.

There was also a day that focused on pediatrics, where several student organizations joined forces to decorate stuff animals to give to children’s units at the local hopsital, ambulance district, and fire department.



SSmithA Doctor of Health Science student is heading for a major federal position in Washington, D.C., following his graduation in March 2014. Stewart Smith, DHSc ‘14, has been selected as chief of staff, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps (IHSC).

IHSC staff comprises more than 900 U.S. Public Health Service commissioned officers, federal civil servants and contract support staff.  IHSC provides direct care to approximately 15,000 detainees treated at 21 Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)-designated medical facilities throughout the nation. In addition, IHSC oversees medical care provided to an additional 17,000 detainees housed at non-IHSC-staffed detention centers across the country. 

In his new position, Smith will confer with the assistant director, deputy assistant directors, branch chiefs, inter-agency representatives, IHSC leadership and with key staff regarding problem areas and projected major changes within healthcare operations.  Other responsibilities include:

  • Managing budget and finances for Washington headquarters and 21 federal medical clinics.
  •  Monitoring and evaluating IHSC programs, plans, products, analytical efforts and operations to assure that plans are followed or modified to meet objectives, goals and strategic direction.
  • Managing operations within the day-to-day conduct of the IHSC staff programs and mission elements.

“Stewart has a long and respected history of working in emergency preparedness and response and is well-equipped to take on this exciting and prominent position with the government in homeland security,” said Helen Ewing, DHSc, RN, director, ATSU Interdisciplinary Health Sciences – Doctor of Health Sciences. “We are proud of Stewart’s accomplishments and know he is going to be a huge asset to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps.” 


EndtheRwordWorking with Maureen Romer, DDS, MPA, director of special care dentistry and associate dean, post-doctoral education, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), and the Center for Advanced Oral Health, the ATSU American Academy of Developmental Medicine and  Dentistry (AADMD) student chapter has developed the first of many End the R-Word campaign events on the Mesa, Ariz. campus.

The campaign serves to create awareness of the derogatory use of the R-word (retard or retarded) and its negative effects on people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families and friends. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, and community members have signed the banner and pledged to stop the use of the R-word.


NOWPAStudents at ATSU-KCOM observed Violence Against Women Awareness Week on Nov. 12-16, 2013.

The National Osteopathic Women Physicians Assocation, Gay Straight Alliance, and Ob-Gyn Club hosted several events which were open to the University and the Kirksville, Mo. community.

Events included a presentation from Kim Lebaron with Victim Support Services, who spoke on “Violence Against Women: The Physicians Role, a self-defense class, and a supply drive for Victim Support Services.

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