Allied Health Science Faculty
Michael W. Wambach, Ph.D.
Chair, Allied Health Sciences Department and Assistant Professor
Dr. Wambach’s professional background is health care (Respiratory Therapy), which he taught for five years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and directed the Respiratory Therapy Program for seven years at the University of Pittsburgh. His experiences also include grant writing and administration through the State of Michigan and federal OSHA. Mike has performed consulting and training for many West Michigan companies like Meijer, Herman Miller, Stryker, and Spartan Stores. In 1994 he started the health care administration program for Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI and in 2000 he became director of faculty development for Davenport. Mike also worked as faculty development specialist for Baker College Online and was state-wide lead trainer for the Michigan Community Blood Centers.
Mike earned an Associates Degree (Respiratory Therapy) at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, a Bachelor's of Science (Cardiorespiratory Sciences), a Masters of Science (Health Sciences), both from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.
His research interests center in the processes of health sciences education, organizational culture, and online learning.
Dr. Green has been at GVSU since 2000 and was the founding chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Health Professions. Prior to coming to GVSU, he taught and Chair of what is now the Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health at UW-Whitewater. His education includes a PhD from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in Curriculum and Instruction, an MS in Safety Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a BS in Business Administration from San Jose State University, and Madison General Hospital School of Nursing. He is a disabled Vietnam combat veteran.
Professor Green has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in the areas of health care and occupational and environmental health and safety. He has received three awards from the Blue Key Honor Society for his work with students. As a consultant, Dr. Green has worked with the government of Jamaica on their first workplace safety law and training programs, as well as with international and national companies in the areas of occupational and environmental health and safety and health care. He has served as a member on various boards and committees and held elected office in international, national, and regional professional organizations. He is a recipient of the National Safety Council’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award – the NSC’s highest individual award.
AHS 110 – Introduction to Health Care
AHS 301 – Introduction to Health Care Research
AHS 340 – Health Care Management
AHS 495 – Current Issues in Health Care
OSH 420 – Health Care Facility Safety
OSH 414 – Environmental Safety & Health Law
Dr. Green’s current research interests are in the areas of mental disability, its assessment and its effect on families, as well as the financing and delivery of mental disability care and services. His current research project is on the utilization of Family Systems Theory as a communication tool for health care professionals to use in communicating with the parents and families of mentally disabled children who suffer from chronic grieving and guilt.
She has worked in health care for over 15 years in various settings including clinically, within the public school system, in geriatric health, fitness and currently in higher education. She has a combined nine years of teaching experience in both New York City and the Greater Grand Rapids areas.
Dr. Brew teaches courses in Medical Terminology, Introduction to Health Careers, Healthcare Management, Community Health, and Consumers Health. Teaching online is an area expertise of Dr. Brew's as she has taught, designed curriculum and trained faculty using these technologies for the past 6 years. In addition, she is the chair for the upcoming Community Health Minor housed within the Allied Health Sciences degree and the future Masters of Public Health degree at Grand Valley State University. She is the author of instructor materials for F.A. Davis Publishing for their upcoming edition of Medical Terminology, Simplified and a child’s book currently at-press, Healthy Days.
Global health is an interest area and she has traveled to Ghana, West Africa and Beijing, China with students on study abroad programs. Her current project includes a sustainable international health care service learning program for GVSU health majors in Tacloban City, Philippines beginning in spring of 2012.
Alisha’s professional background is in health care management and community health education. She has worked at both Spectrum Health and Priority Health, and has been in health care for over a decade. Her experiences have been in safety education, quality improvement, life skills management, and marketing. Alisha has had a considerable amount of experience in diversity in health care, health literacy, and health care disparities. Along with her health care background, Alisha has worked with the Grand Rapids Public School system’s after school programming and service learning projects that were done in collaboration with various community organizations. She also worked with transitional housing programs for homeless individuals and families for Dwelling Place, Inc.
Alisha earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education, a Masters of Arts in Family and Consumers Sciences (Family Life Education), and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Higher Education), all from Western Michigan University. Go Broncos!
She has taught several of the courses in Allied Health Sciences, including: Introduction to Health Care, Health Care Research, Health Care Management, Medical Terminology and the Allied Health Capstone. Additionally, she has developed the newly offered Global Health Care and Holistic Health Care courses. She also coordinates the internships for the program. Currently, Alisha is working on course development for Ethics in Health Care. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Alisha is the Inclusion Officer for the College of Health Professions and an Inclusion Champion for the university.
Her research interests center around diversity in health care, health care disparities, global health and recruitment and retention of minority students.
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