Friday, December 28, 2018

Health Students Selected to Serve on State and National Levels

As a compliment to their studies and as a powerful experience-builder, health programs students are encouraged to apply for volunteer positions in a variety of settings including those available in professional associations. On behalf of the Health Programs faculty and for this month’s Health Programs feature, I am thrilled to announce the recent selection of two students elected to serve in a volunteer role.

Health Information Administration student, Jackmely Hernandez has been selected by the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) Board for the 2018 PHIMA Student Liaison role. PHIMA is a component state association of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

In this role, Jackmely will be responsible for providing input and feedback for projects designed for AHIMA student members, implement programs for student member engagement on a local level, attend local career fairs and other student recruitment activities for the profession and develop a relationship with CAHIIM programs in the Component State Associations (CSA) to encourage student membership. Other duties include identifying local networking and volunteer opportunities for student members, creating resources for recruiting Health Information Management speakers to present at CAHIIM approved programs about the HIM profession, AHIMA and the value of credentials, promoting early certification testing to student members and provide mentoring and leadership development to student members.

When asked why she was interested in serving as the PHIMA Student Liaison, Jackie noted, “It is a great honor to serve as the PHIMA Student Liaison. In our classes, we often discuss AHIMA and how important this organization is for those of us who are aspiring HIM professionals. The fact that I will be actually working with members of this organization is amazing.”

Jackie elaborated on her enthusiasm by adding, “As the liaison, I will have the opportunity to learn from the best HIM professionals in our state. The knowledge that I will gain from this experience is truly priceless but more important, it would allow me the opportunity to give back to Peirce College and my classmates by sharing what I learn with them and explaining the benefits of being part of an organization such as this one. I have been looking for ways to pay it forward and I cannot think of a better opportunity than this one.”

The second student we want to highlight and congratulate is Health Information Administration student, Tara Butler. Beginning in January, Tara will serve on AHIMA Foundation's Merit Scholarship Committee. The AHIMA Foundation, “improves health information management by supporting the people, research and resources that advance the HIM profession.”

“One of the major initiatives of the AHIMA Foundation is to attract and support new talent in the health information management (HIM) industry by improving educational opportunities for current and future HIM professionals through scholarships. The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to currently enrolled outstanding undergraduates in HIM and health information technology (HIT) as well as those professionals pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in areas related to health information.” In her role, Tara will review and revise scholarship guidelines and select award recipients.

The Health Programs team is extremely proud of Jackmely and Tara for going beyond the classroom to expand their knowledge even further. Congratulations and best wishes to Jackmely and Tara in their new endeavors!