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Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, were part of a select group of community and public health leaders invited to the U.S. Surgeon General’s House Calls Listening Tour held on January 29 at University of Kansas Medical Center. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, is hosting the tour at selected locations across the country to discuss healthcare challenges and work with healthcare organizations to improve the nation’s health.

“Dr. Murthy opened the meeting by giving brief remarks about the importance of increasing access to care and decreasing health disparities then proceeded with inviting the representatives for questions and comments,” said Dr. Halliday. “Although Dr. Phelps and I were unable to ask our prepared questions, due to time running out, it was a great opportunity for us to represent ATSU and network with other academic and healthcare organizations as well as federal healthcare leadership.”



ITS will host the second ATSU TechShare Day January 8, 2015, on the Arizona campus in the Main Building’s Palm Classroom. All the sessions will be broadcast to the ATSU livestream channel http://live.atsu.edu so anyone can join in remotely from a computer or mobile device.

Additionally, on the Missouri campus, there will be a broadcast location in the Swofford computer lab in the A.T. Still Memorial Library. Representatives from Stratasys will have 3D printers set up and running in the Palm Classroom throughout the day.  A collection of 3D printed objects will be available on the AZ campus.

There will be some fun giveaways and drawings for attendees. All ATSU employees are invited to any or all sessions.


10683424_10152393752171481_877619569402622355_oCraig M. Phelps, DO, ’84, president of A.T. Still University (ATSU), and Ron Yee, MD, MBA, chief medical officer of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), announced a groundbreaking, joint research partnership on Nov. 11, 2014. The innovative partnership between ATSU and NACHC will help create and advance interprofessional scholarly activity within Bureau of Primary Health Care supported community health centers, and it will help improve the health status of patients and communities across the nation.

“ATSU is looking forward to collaborating with NACHC on this important initiative focused on improving the health of our nation,” said Dr. Phelps. “Research projects inclusive of basic scientists, clinicians from multiple professions, and ATSU students will seek opportunities to provide timely outcomes for expeditious application.”

In an effort to advance scholarly activity opportunities, ATSU and NACHC will focus on:

  • developing, implementing, and assessing evidence-based medicine guidelines.
  • diagnosing, preventing, and treating diabetes, obesity, skin cancer, metabolic syndrome, traumatic brain injury/concussions, spine pain, and HIV/AIDS.
  • evaluating oral health disease prevention and treatment programs.
  • measuring and encouraging physical activity and its impact on health and wellness.
  • designing, organizing, and evaluating population management teams and patient navigator models.

“Focusing on scholarly activities that are academic, yet practical, helps deepen the relationship and experience of students,” said Dr. Yee.

10293553_10152393751406481_1181485596283901043_oNACHC represents the nation’s safety-net of community health centers. Community health centers receive base funding from the Public Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Bureau of Primary Health Care to improve the health status of underserved communities, provide access to health services, and offset some costs of caring for the uninsured.

NACHC and ATSU seek to foster community health scholarship to strengthen this safety-net, and ultimately improve the health status of these communities.

“NACHC’s partnership with ATSU over the years has yielded some of the most well-prepared and dedicated health care professionals, especially in service to vulnerable populations and communities,” said Tom Van Coverden, president and CEO of NACHC. “NACHC fully supports this important work as it will benefit many of our medically underserved communities and further advance quality patient care in community health centers.”

NACHC and the national safety-net of Community Health Centers also support ATSU in many ways, including access to clinical rotations; introductions to potential funding partners; residency development; data gathering; student scholarship opportunities; and national exposure of ATSU’s schools, programs, faculty, and staff.

To see the story on ABC News broadcast affiliate, KTVO, click here











A.T. Still University (ATSU) held it’s Day of Compassion ceremony outside the Interprofessional Education Building (IPE). This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy. Staff, faculty, students, community members, and distinguished guests were on hand to honor the 13 lives lost on Oct. 19, 2004 due to the crash of Flight 5966. The passengers of that flight were on their way from St. Louis, Mo. to Kirksville, Mo. for a conference focused on developing a compassionate campus.

The only two survivors of the plane crash were in attendance. John Krogh, PhD, and Wendy Bonham. Dr. Krogh, a former faculty member of ATSU, spoke during the ceremony to share his thoughts and deepest sympathies not only for the lives lost that day, but for the families and friends of those lost as well. Dr. Krogh also spoke about the importance of compassion and humanism, and how integral both are to the mission of ATSU.

ATSU President, Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, FAOASM, was also on hand to speak, along with ATSU Board of Trustees Chair G. Scott Drew, DO, ’87, and University Student Association Vice President, Addison Roberts, OMS III.

The emergency responders for Flight 5966 presented a Wreath of Remembrance honoring those lives lost that day.

In addition, the flag pole in front of the IPE Building was dedicated as a symbol of the University’s strength and resolve to educate compassionate, humanistic healthcare professionals who will treat patients within communities spanning the globe.

To view the ceremony in full, click here.

To see the story on ABC broadcast news affiliate, KTVO, click here.


ATSU0102George Blue Spruce, DDS, MPH, spoke at A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Kirksvlle campus recently as part of the University’s annual Founder’s Day activities and events. Dr. Blue Spruce spoke about the trials and tribulations he faced while growing up and how he overcame them to become the nation’s first American Indian Dentist. His commitment to serving underserved communities, continued goodwill toward several minority-education programs, and ongoing mentorship of students, led to the rededication of the Hero Healer Speaker Series in his name.

ATSU’s series of inspirational guest lectures will now be known as the George Blue Spruce Hero Healer Speaker Series. Dr. Blue Spruce was recognized by ATSU Board of Trustees Chairman G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM, ’84, and Vice President of Strategic University Partnerships Gary Cloud, PhD, MBA.

Dr. Blue Spruce also participated in ATSU’s new Whole Person Healthcare Exhibit through the Shawnee reading and translation session.

To see Dr. Blue Spruce’s video segment on Kirksville’s ABC broadcast news affliate click here

Dr. Blue Spruce, Gary Cloud, Paige White and Jason Haxton Dr. Blue Spruce, Paige White




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