News and Events
MHSA Regional Case Competition Goes Virtual
Our 10th Annual MHSA Regional Case Competition was held virtually on Friday, October 30, 2020. We were thrilled to welcome students from University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Oklahoma, and Saint Louis University to compete along some of our first-year MHSA students in this educational experience.
Because our competition was virtual, our judges attended from all over the United States. The MHSA program extends our sincere appreciation to everyone who volunteered their time to make this year's competition a success!
- First Place: Rania Mahrous, Chesna Panicker, Yesha Patel - Saint Louis University
- Finalists: Aaron Carrillo, Derek Reese, Nicole Romanelli - KUMC
- Finalists: Jacob Ip, Clare Kessler, Sohil Swaminathan - Saint Louis University
Cox Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, "The Jayhawk"
The announcement was made at the WIMS Annual Awards Event and the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat. Recordings of the events are available on the WIMS website and Faculty Council website, respectively.
Brooks Awarded Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award
Dr. Joanna Brooks has been on faculty since 2015 and teaches in both the MHSA and PhD programs.
Saint Onge receives John C. Wright Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Dr. Jarron Saint Onge has a joint appointment as an Associate Professor for the Department of Sociology, as well as the Department of Population Health. He teaches in both the MHSA and PhD programs.
Brooks Receives Glandon Family Scholarship for Advancement of Healthcare Management Education
Dr. Brooks has been named the first recipient of the Glandon Family Scholarship for Advancement of Healthcare Management Education by AUPHA (the Association of University Programs in Health Administration). See the press release here.
MHSA Program Graduates; Graduation Awards Announced
The MHSA Program honored 15 new MHSA graduates at the Department of Population Health virtual hooding ceremony on May 15th. Among the graduates were 1 Joint BSHIM/MHSA student, 2 Joint MS/MHSA students, and 1 Joint JD/MHSA student.
Congratulations to the following new MHSA graduates receiving awards at this year's ceremony:
Health Care Executive of the Future Award: Miranda Steele
Professional Development Award: Mary-Kate Shelton
JHAWK Annual Awards
The MHSA Student Organization, Jayhawk Healthcare Administrators Working for Kansas (JHAWK), included their annual student-voted recognition awards in this year's virtual hooding ceremony:
- JHAWK Outstanding Faculty Member: Dr. Atlee Gafford
- JHAWK Outstanding Student: Mary-Kate Shelton
Ellis Selected as Visiting Scholar
MHSA and PhD program faculty member Dr. Shellie Ellis was selected as the 2020 AcademyHealth/National Cancer Institute Visiting Scholar for Healthcare Delivery Research. During her term, she will work with colleagues at the National Cancer Institute to conduct research on rural oncology practices' participation in research and, via the national platform provided by AcademyHealth, the pre-eminent Health Services Research professional society, will convey a national agenda for expanding rural participation in cancer care delivery research.
MHSA Faculty Member Becomes Peer Review Editor
Faculty member Richelle Marting has been asked to serve as the Kansas and Missouri Peer Review Editor for the American Health Lawyers Association Physicians Organizations Practice Group 30 State Opiod Prescribing Law Survey.
Dr. Robert Simari, Executive Dean of the School of Medicine, announced the merger of the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. They formed a new Department of Population Health, effective July 1, 2019. All existing academic programs remain the same.
MHSA Program Graduates; Graduation Awards Announced
The MHSA Program celebrated 3 new PhD and 22 new MHSA graduates at its May 11th Hooding Ceremony. Among the graduates were 2 Joint MS Nursing/MHSA and 2 Joint BSHIM/MHSA students. Congratulations to the following new MHSA graduates receiving awards at this year's Graduation Reception:
- Health Care Executive of the Future Award: Ariel Shifter
- Professional Development Award: Emily Santiago
JHAWK Annual Awards
The MHSA Student Organization, Jayhawk Healthcare Administrators Working for Kansas (JHAWK), announced their annual awards at the Graduation Reception:
- JHAWK Outstanding Faculty Member: Dr. Jarron Saint Onge
- JHAWK Outstanding Student: Emily Santiago
Scholarship Awards Announced
The MHSA Program awarded the following scholarships to continuing students:
- Ray Davis Scholarship: Alex Lemcke
- Jerry Slaughter Scholarship: Taylor Zabel
- Avis G. McPike Scholarship: Navneet Kaur, Claire Poague, Miranda Steele, Alex Lemcke
Health Policy Symposium
The department of Health Policy and Management hosted its first Health Policy Symposium on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 entitled "Opportunities in Healthcare and Health Policy for Underserved Populations."
Partially sponsored by the Peter T. Bohan Visiting Lecturer Fund, the symposium's keynote speaker was Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, Vice President for Research Evaluation Learning and Chief Science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The symposium featured three targeted sessions, bringing together policy and healthcare experts from across the State of Kansas and national panelists to discuss disabilities and mental health, cultural humility, and rural medicine.
New Publication for Faculty Member
MHSA instructor Richelle Marting's article, Protecting Adolescent Patient Privacy: Four Key Questions, was published in the American Academy of Family Physicians Family Practice Management Journal, January 2019.
JHAWK Announces New Officers
The following MHSA students have been elected as officers for the 2019 year:
- President: Alexander Lemcke
- Vice-President: Logan Decker
- Treasurer: Jesse Lyle
- Information Officer: Larkin Bailey
- Outreach Officer: Dayna Richards
- Liaison Officer: Mary-Kate Shelton
- Planning Officer: Kaitlyn Wolken
MHSA Alumnus Chosen for Campus Award
MHSA (2007) Alumnus Nico Tejeda was chosen by the School of Medicine Alumni Association to receive its 2018 Outstanding Early Careerist Award. Tejeda is currently the Group CEO of The Hospitals of Providence in Texas.
Don C. Black Future of Healthcare Lecture
The Don C. Black Future of Healthcare Lecture Series was held during alumni weekend, and we were pleased to welcome back Nicholas Tejeda, MHSA Class of 2007, FACHE and Market CEO at The Hospitals of Providence. Nico was awarded the KUMC Alumni Early Career Achievement award at the campus-wide alumni awards luncheon. His talk, "Sustainable Partnerships: The Basis of Healthcare Transformation", was attended by alumni, current students and faculty.
New Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment from KU Health System
Congratulations to Dr. Lee Norman, state surgeon of Kansas, former chief medical officer of The University of Kansas Health System, who has been named interim secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by Governer Laura Kelly. Dr. Norman is an active member of the MHSA External Advisory Board and has remained a continuous contributor to the program.
Administrative Fellows Announced
Congratulations to the following 2019 MHSA graduates who will be going on to fellowships this June:
- Pooneh Nazaran, UT Southwestern
- Halle Ponick, KU Health System
- Emily Santiago, UT Southwestern
- Ariel Shifter, Children's Hospital Colorado
Williams Elected Chair of American Public Health Association
HP&M faculty member Dr. Jessica Williams was elected chair of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) effective November 2018. As chair, Dr. Williams will seek connections between medical care and public health. December 2018