Press Release for Thursday, March 27, 2008

UNF Health Professor Recognized as Fulbright Senior Specialist

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Rob Haley, a University of North Florida assistant professor of public health, was recently recognized as a Fulbright Senior Specialists Candidate by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

“Dr. Haley’s specialty in health policy makes him very valuable as we plan for future health care needs. I am very pleased to support his endeavor as a Fulbright, which is vital to academic and professional communities around the world,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health.

The Fulbright Specialists Program is designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with overseas colleagues on a variety of projects, such as developing and/or assessing academic curricula or educational materials, conducting faculty-training programs or consulting with administrators and instructors on faculty development. Grant lengths range from two to six weeks.

“This well-deserved honor will give Dr. Haley the opportunity to share his considerable expertise in the area of public health policy with those in other countries,” said Dr. Lucy Trice, associate dean in the Brooks College of Health. “Our students will benefit greatly from the experiences and new ideas that he will bring back to the classroom as a result of participating in this prestigious program.”

Haley, a St. Augustine resident, is also a director with Florida Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He has built coalitions with government officials to conduct health services research in China as well as implemented the China/US Health Care Summit with China’s Center for Health Management and Policy this past fall.

The UNF professor applied for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, so he could have the opportunity to study and teach in other countries, exchange ideas on global and public health and develop joint solutions to address shared concerns.

“The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program provides an opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with colleagues in other countries to mutually gain a more holistic and better understanding of the global health care environment,” said Haley.

He obtained his doctorate in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a master’s degree in Health Administration and another in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Haley currently serves as a fellow for the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education and served as a fellow for the National Institutes of Health from 1998 to 1999.

Haley has received numerous awards, including the American College of Health Care Executives Award, Michael J. Sanders Leadership Award, Health Policy and Administration Graduate Merit Award and Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care.

The Fulbright Program is a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Financial support is provided by an annual appropriation from the United States Congress to the Department of State and by participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad.