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Loughlin Selected for National Children’s Advocacy Award – Howard Loughlin, MD, was the recipient of the 2013 National Children’s Advocacy Center Outstanding Service Award in the category of Medical Care and was recognized at the 29th National Symposium on Child Abuse on March 20 in Huntsville, Alabama. Loughlin (photo right) was nominated by the Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville, NC, in recognition of his many years of service to the children of Cumberland County. In 1991, Loughlin helped to found Friends of Children at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to serve hospitalized children and their families. In 1993, Loughlin and other concerned professionals came together to establish the Child Advocacy Center, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Loughlin has served on its board throughout its history. He started the Child Abuse Evaluation Clinic at Southern Regional AHEC in Fayetteville in 1994 so he and other local physicians could provide the necessary examinations for child abuse victims. He was director of that clinic until July 2012, when he partially retired. He continues to work at Southern Regional AHEC part-time. In 2009, Loughlin was one of the first physicians in the nation to take and pass the exam to become a Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician. In 2012, he received the Champion for Children award from the Cumberland County Break the Chain of Child Abuse Committee.
Greensboro AHEC partnered with the Carolina Geriatric Education Center to develop the online course “Otago Exercise Program: Training for Physical Therapists” - The Otago Exercise Program is an individually tailored, home-based, balance and strength fall prevention program that is delivered by a physical therapist over the course of 52 weeks. The Otago program is one of a few evidence-based, fall prevention programs that has demonstrated success in improving strength and balance to reduce falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. This accredited three hour course presentation offers video excerpts of falls assessment and exercise routines, as well as interactive case studies. This project is supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), grant #UB4HP19053, Carolina Geriatric Education Center.