|Student Involvement: Supporting your Local Chapter, Graduate Institution, and Community.|
As an aspiring future healthcare executive, or an early careerist with minimal job experience in the field of healthcare management, there are many ways to demonstrate academic knowledge and leadership abilities. Involvement with the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE, advancing and supporting measures to increase the rigor of graduate education, and promoting health initiatives within the local community provides engaged students a competitive advantage in the job market. The purpose of this article is to suggest several innovative ideas to serve as inspiration for student members to contribute to the healthcare management profession.
American College of Healthcare Executive's Recognition Program. The Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, and Exemplary Service Award are designed to strengthen the profession of healthcare management by recognizing all categories of members for volunteer service. By authoring or co-authoring an 800-word professional article in the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE newsletter, members can earn points toward these awards. Students are highly encouraged to provide content for future newsletters on a relevant topic in healthcare management. Submission deadlines for articles are 3 June, 2 September, and 24 November. If you are interested in submitting content for future newsletters, please contact
Prepare for the Board of Governors Exam. Passing the Board of Governors Exam is a requirement for board certification in healthcare management. For students with prior healthcare management experience, it is advantageous to take the Board of Governors Exam immediately following graduation from a graduate degree program. Mentoring opportunities and exam preparation materials are available through the Hawaii-Pacific Chapter of ACHE. If you are interested in learning more about courses, study materials, etc. to prepare for the Board of Governors Exam, please contact Robert Rawleigh at email@example.com.
Graduate Education Initiatives. Student involvement in graduate education is essential. An example of a successful student-led initiative took place through the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Two years ago, students expressed interest in serving Native Hawaii communities by incorporating Hawaiian ethics and value into public health. Working with Jay Maddock, the director of the Office of Public Health Studies, a native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health degree track was developed. This fall, the University of Hawaii at Manoa is offering the specialization as part of the Masters of Public Health degree program. Student-led initiatives often stimulate positive curriculum adjustments to improve graduate education.
CAHME Accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the only organization to grant accreditation to healthcare management master degree programs. CAHME ensures a standard level of quality by examining the purpose, curriculum, student experience, and graduate job market success of healthcare management programs in the United States and Canada. ACHE is one of the 10 corporate members of the Commission. Certain scholarships, internships and employment opportunities depend on whether a candidate is a graduate from a CAHME-accredited program. However, Hawaii is one of only 20 states without CAHME accredited Healthcare management programs. One of the ways that students can demonstrate leadership is to engage professors and school administrators about the benefits of CAHME accreditation.
AUPHA & HAMPCAS. The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) promotes education in health management and policy. It was instrumental in developing the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS), a centralized application system for healthcare management, health administration and health policy programs. Similar to SOPHAS, the centralized application system for graduate-level Public Health programs, HAMPCAS is designed to streamline the application process for prospective students applying to several schools within the healthcare management discipline. For more information about adding a graduate program to HAMPCAS, visit the AUPHA website.
Support Local Health Care Initiatives. The Hawaii state legislature offers one of the most user-friendly mechanisms to encourage active public participation in local healthcare issues. Since 2002, Hawaii residents may provide testimony via email. Providing thoughtful testimony raises awareness and demonstrates knowledge of a particular issue. For a list of current healthcare initiatives, visit the webpages of Senator Josh Green, Chairman of the Senate committee on Health, at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/committeepage.aspx?comm=HTH or Representative Della Au Belatti, the Chair for the House Committee on Health, at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/committeepage.aspx?comm=HLT.
Other Student Opportunities. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives established the Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship to provide financial aid to students in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. Eligible programs include MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or a similar type of program. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2013. For more information and to submit your application visit: http://www.ache.org/faculty_students/mcgaw_scholarship.cfm
The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives established the Albert W. Dent scholarship to provide financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs. Eligible programs include MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or a similar type of program. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2013. For more information and to submit your application visit: http://www.ache.org/Faculty_Students/dent_scholarship.cfm
For any questions, suggestions or to discuss any student-related issues, please contact Jen Dacumos, the student representative for the Hawaii Pacific-Chapter of ACHE. Her contact information is (808)485-3865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
American College of Healthcare Executives. (2013). American College of Healthcare Executive's Recognition Program. http://www.ache.org/newclub/myache/myache_redirect.cfm?link=/newclub/myache/volunteer.cfm
Bitter, A. (2013, March 8). New Indigenous Health Graduate Program. http://www.kaleo.org/news/new-indigenous-health-graduate-program/article_736aa73c-87a0-11e2-b862-001a4bcf6878.html
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. (2013). http://www.cahme.org/
Hawaii State Legislature. (2013). http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/