One in four women will be in an abusive relationship at some point in their lives.
Chances are you've seen Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller in action.
Itcould have been as a community speaker, a grief educator, a student mentor, a teacher, or a member of one of several local
organizations benefiting the geriatric population.
Kopp Miller, who has been honored with June's monthly Jefferson Award, is blessed with endless energy and a sharp, "can-do"
attitude. Since she's a sought-after speaker on a number of topics, including women's issues, grief and bereavement, sexuality,
grant writing, gerontology and caregivers, these attributes allow her to juggle her positions of associate professor in occupational
therapy and public health and homeland security and administrative director of the Center for Successful Aging with a generous
amount of community service added to the mix.
Kopp Miller doesn't complain about her hectic schedule. "We do things on Sundays," she said good-naturedly. "We do things
in the evenings. It's just a lot of fun to go out and talk with people. With every bit of education we do, someone leaves
with knowledge they didn't have. It's knowledge that can improve their lives."
Asa contributor to several organizations, including the Lutheran Homes Society Community Services Board, Ohio Research Council
on Aging, WBGU/PBS, Northwest Ohio Journal productions, YWCA, Northwest Ohio Gerontological Association, Zonta International
of Toledo and several more at UT, Kopp Miller has focused on geriatrics and women's and children's issues. According to Dr.
Patricia Hogue, associate professor and assistant dean for diversity recruitment and retention, Kopp Miller is a firm believer
in getting things done.
"If Barb is on your committee, you know you're getting a person who will be there and give it all she has," Hogue said. "Barb
gets things done. She is always engaged and thinking of 'what's next?'"
Kopp Miller is a leader and participant in community health fairs, conferences and grant initiatives that provide screenings
and information. Many of her contacts have been garnered through her 18 years at UT, but her dedication to geriatric affairs
stretches into her personal life, as well.
"She gives a lot of herself," Hogue said, "well over and beyond the duties needed to fulfill her position as a professor.
She's just a quality individual who cares about other people."
Asa young graduate student, Kopp Miller said she realized that the geriatric population had many health needs and too few
providers who understood them.
"We need to educate health care professionals and communities regarding the difference between normal age-related changes
and disease-related changes," she said. "As people get older, their needs change in many ways, but they still basically want
the same things most of us want: To have enjoyable lives and live as independently as possible."
Today, she added, one in 12 people are 65 years or older. By 2030, one in five people will fit into this category of "older
"The majority of older adults live within our communities," Kopp Miller said. "They're our neighbors and our family members.
If we educate ourselves about their needs and provide access to the resources they need, the entire community benefits."