Congratulations to Flora Howie, M.D., who received a Community Partner Award last month for her outstanding community service, presented by the Department of Children & Family Studies in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida.
Over the years, Dr. Howie has partnered with faculty in the Department of Child & Family Studies on projects relating to services and support for children with autism and their families. "With the supportive atmosphere fostered by Dr. Pavan, I was able to invite the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) to All Children's Early Intervention Program about 10 years ago to provide training in the use of positive behavior support for problem behaviors in autistic children," says Dr. Howie. That collaboration led Dr. Howie to take part in the Autism System of Care project at USF-CARD, a sponsored research project that developed recommendations for best practices and training modules for medical providers. In addition, Dr. Howie served on the advisory group for the Positive Family Intervention Project at USF.
In these and other efforts, Dr. Howie has worked collaboratively toward delivering quality care to Florida's children with autism spectrum disorders. She will serve as Medical Director of the Autism Center now being developed at All Children's Hospital.