The legacy of the late Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Weinberg, professor of Health Care Management, lives on at Clayton State University through Dr. Sandy Weinberg Student Scholarship and Service Fund.
Two Clayton State undergraduate students and two graduate students were sponsored by the Weinberg Fund recently to present papers at the 2013 Business and Health Administration Association (BHAA) Conference in Chicago. Under the umbrella of the Midwest Business Administration Association International, the BHAA conference brought together scholars, teachers, students, practitioners, regulators and planners from a variety of business and health related disciplines, such as healthcare administration, pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing, pharmacy, healthcare management, health economics, health policy, medicine, public health, nursing, health informatics, and global health.
Attending and presenting from Clayton State were undergraduate students Crystal Weeks and Antoinette Paragon-Singh, and graduate students Barbara Lacy Wilson and Suvidha Khatri. Accompanying the students to the BHAA Conference was Dr. Michael Dalmat, assistant Clayton State professor of Health Care Management
Last weekend, the four students reprised their BHAA work with a special presentation of their papers to Weinberg's parents, Florence and Harold Weinberg, and his widow, Ronnie Genser, at the elder Weinberg’s residence in Alpharetta.
In addition, Khatri and Wilson’s paper, “Waist Lines Will Continue to Rob Bottom Lines Until Physicians Lead by Example with Their Own Employee Wellness Programs,” has been accepted by the Journal of Management Policy and Practice (JMPP) for publication in October 2013.
Written along with Dalmat, the paper notes that a growing number of large health care providers such as Aetna, Mayo Clinic, and Cleveland Clinic are taking a preventative approach utilizing employee wellness programs. However, there is a lack of supporting evidence online regarding established wellness programs for small businesses, especially medical group practices.
In this study, Dalmat and Masters of Health Care Administration students Khatri and Wilson used secondary data analysis, from online literature supported by empirical data collected through Clayton State University’s eight client organizations, to analyze how physicians can once again lead the way in fostering healthy behaviors among their employees and patients, as well as their outside circles of influence.
Family, friends, colleagues, and students joined together to establish the Dr. Sandy Weinberg Student Scholarship and Service Fund following his sudden passing in October 2011. A well-respected professor of health care management at Clayton State University, Weinberg exemplified service and learning.
In the classroom, he inspired students and engaged them in real-life experiences so as to make learning come alive and have a lasting impact. Outside the classroom, he practiced that which he taught. In his devotion to improving the lives of others, he trained countless individuals in CPR and wilderness first aid survival skills through his service to the Boy Scouts of America and dedicated much of his professional career working with companies and governments worldwide on FDA regulations to ensure the safety of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Gifts to the Weinberg Fund are used to continue his legacy of inspiration and support to students in the health care management program at Clayton State University, thus providing the opportunity for Weeks, Paragon-Singh, Wilson and Khatri to attend the BHAA Conference.