Graduate and Undergraduate Health Administration students at GSU gain valuable management and leadership experience through their involvement in the Student Healthcare Management Association. The following are highlights from SHCMA's activities throughout 2013.
2013 Year in Review: Student Healthcare Management Association
Beginning in January, 2013, the following individuals assumed officer positions in GSU's Student Healthcare Management Association:
- Nisha Mehta - President
- Kila King - Vice President
- Josephine Anetekhai - Treasurer
- Archana Liggins - Chief Information Officer
- Isha Dhingra - Secretary
- Yvette McWhorter - Activities Coordinator
Dr. Caren Rossow, DHA, MSA, CIH, FACHE, serves as Faculty Advisor for the organization.
In 2013 the SHCMA held two fundraisers. The first was a very successful bake sale which was strongly supported by the faculty, staff and students. On March 14 the group held their second fundraiser, which was a St. Patrick’s Day Sale featuring green necklaces, bracelets and anything Irish.
On April 2, 2013 the SHCMA hosted a major event entitled, Leadership in an Era of Health Care Reform: Quality and Patient Safety Implications, featuring Dr. Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, and Executive Vice President-Customer Relations Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. There was a fantastic turnout of more than 300 students, faculty and staff. Dr. Blouin reported on all the new patient safety initiatives currently underway by the Joint Commission; she also spoke of their mission to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
Finally, on August 28, 2013 the SHCMA hosted a service project to increase awareness regarding the dangers of texting while driving. In conjunction with AT&T, the group facilitated the It Can Wait program in which students sit in the driver’s seat (simulator) and experience the effects of texting while driving. Other University officials in attendance at the program included GSU President Dr. Elaine P. Maimon; GSU Provost, Dr. Deborah Bordelon, and key public officials — all of whom took the pledge, along with more than 300 students, to never text and drive.
The fruits of SHCMA's labor did not go unnoticed. In April, 2013 the group was nominated as the Most Improved Club at the GSU Student Association Awards Program; they have also been nominated for providing the best service project of the year at the upcoming 2014 awards program.
In November, 2013 the following new officers were elected for SHCMA:
- Kritika Sharma – President
- Risa Stegall - Vice-President
- Farah Ahmed - Secretary
- Candice Chalmers - Treasurer
- Naji Hattar - CIO
- Alexandra Gakopoulou - Activities Chairperson.
The SHCMA hopes to bring in two speakers during 2014, host two service projects and two fundraisers. Plans are well underway for another exciting year of service to all GSU students and the communities served by the university.