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Gurley receives 2021 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Tami Gurley, PhD, associate professor and Health Policy & Management PhD Director, is a recipient of the 2021 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. This prestigious award commends faculty who exemplify the university’s commitment to outstanding teaching. Awardees were recognized at the KU Teaching Summit on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Read more about Dr. Gurley and the awards here.

Hughes named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, University of Kansas School of Medicine Salina Campus

Dorothy Hughes, PhD, MHSA, assistant professor in Population Health, was named in July, 2021 to the post of Assistant Dean for Student Affairs on the Salina campus. She is an undergraduate from American University in International Studies and holds both her master’s in health services administration and PhD in health policy and management from the Kansas City School of Medicine. She is faculty for both aforementioned programs as well as the ACE curriculum in the School of Medicine. Her research focus includes rural healthcare professional pipelines and surgeons.

Mudaranthakam receives KU Cancer Center Outstanding Staff Award

October 28, 2020: HP&M PhD student Dinesh Pal Mudaranthakam received the University of Kansas Cancer Center Director’s 2020 Outstanding Staff Award. These awards recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to the Cancer Center’s mission of reducing the burden of cancer in

the Midwest region. Dinesh Pal provided a presentation of his current research as a part of the fall, 2020 Cancer Center Research Week entitled “Financial Implications Among the Cancer Patients – A National Level Perception”, on October 30, 2020.

Gunville selected RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

January 8, 2021: HP&M PhD student Jordyn Gunville has been named a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar. RWJF programs select participants from multiple professions and fields to work towards the creation of more just and thriving communities. Jordyn’s research focus is on reducing infant mortality among American Indian infants through examination of prenatal and postnatal care interventions, including consistent reservation health care for expectant mothers including childbirth services within the Indian Health Services system. To learn more about Health Policy Research Scholars and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit

Nuñez-Argote receives HWC support for pilot grant

April 7, 2021: HP&M PhD student Letycia Nuñez-Argote has received funding from The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWC) for her pilot project, “Work-related exposures and occupational burden on laboratory professionals in rural/urban practice settings.” HWC funding is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and the organization “provides free and low-cost resources and education for employers and practitioners to support worker well-being”. Letycia’s project is anticipated to run through the remainder of her time in the PhD program.

Moore receives KUMC Student Leadership award and NCI CRTA summer fellowship

April 16, 2021: HP&M PhD student W. Todd Moore has received this year’s Student Community Leader Award from the KUMC Office of Academic & Student Affairs. This award specifically recognizes Todd’s “exemplary commitment to service a rural or underserved community”. The Student Leadership awards recognize excellence in student leadership, advising, organizations, and community service.

July 15, 2021: Todd received a summer fellowship with the Implementation Science (IS) team in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a summer Cancer Research Training award (CRTA) fellow. He joined the program through the 2021 National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program for a four-month tenure. His research projects include the advancement of health equity through implementation science and practitioner engagement.

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