HPA e-Newsletter — Summer 2011

Alumni News

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Board of Visitors supports MHA program
The Penn State Master of Health Administration Board of Visitors, which consists of health care professionals and alumni, meets regularly to discuss current developments in the health care industry. The board provides support for students seeking career opportunities by "serving as a foundation for development of ongoing support for the program."
Professionals in the Classroom planned for October
The HPA department and its Alumni Affiliate Program Group will be hosting the 2011 Professionals in the Classroom Program event on October 20 and 21. During this annual event, alumni and health care professionals visit Penn State to provide students with advice and insight regarding current issues in health management and policy. Participants speak in HPA classes and take part in an evening panel discussion.
Randy Coulthard
Coulthard named 2011 Mentor of the Year
The HPA department and its Alumni Affiliate Program Group have selected the HPA Mentor of the Year after a review of nominations submitted by the protégés. The winner for 2011 is Randy Coulthard ’07 H P A, who was nominated by his protégé Kelly Reinhardt.
Alumni make moves in their health care careers
Several HPA alumni have secured new positions recently.

Student News

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MHA students complete successful capstone projects
Among the many opportunities for Master of Health Administration students to transition their learning from the classroom to the corporate world is the MHA capstone experience. As part of their HPA 556 class, Strategy Development in Health Services Organizations, students undertake a semester-long group project in which they take on real-world challenges proposed by companies in the health care field.
Sara Kizer
HPA undergrad earns high praise during senior year
Recent HPA graduate, Sara Kizer, has earned several accolades during her last two semesters at Penn State, including the Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award, a Student Leadership Scholarship, the Alumni Recognition for Student Excellence Award, and the Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award. She also was the HPA Student Marshal.
MHA grads ready for next chapter in health care careers
The 2011 graduates of the Penn State Master of Health Administration program are poised to begin a new chapter in their health care careers. They have secured new positions and fellowships, thus a 100 percent placement of the 2011 graduating class.
Students participate in ‘Grand Rounds’ at ARAMARK Healthcare
More than a dozen Master of Health Administration students had the opportunity participate in a health care Manager Grand Rounds at ARAMARK Healthcare in Philadelphia. The trip provided MHA students the chance to “experience how a global health care supplier operates as well as take part in a magnificent networking opportunity," according to Deirdre McCaughey.

Faculty News

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Professorís research earns evidence-based certification
“Together Facing the Challenge,” based on Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration Betsy Farmer's research on improving treatment and outcomes in treatment foster care, has been certified as an evidence-based treatment by the California Clearinghouse on Evidence-Based Interventions. This organization is one of the nation's leading sources for identifying empirically supported treatment approaches for treating children involved with child welfare.
Hillemeier among Academic Leadership Program fellows
Marianne Hillemeier, associate professor of health policy and administration and demography, is among five Penn State faculty members to be named a fellow in The Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) Academic Leadership Program.
Spokus earns Master Certified Health Education Specialist credentials
Diane Spokus, instructor of health policy and administration, has earned Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) credentials through the National Committee for Health Education Credentialing.
New report focuses on affordable insurance through life changes
Pamela Farley Short, professor of health policy and administration, is the lead author on a Commonwealth Fund report that recommends ways to ensure affordable health insurance through job and income changes.
HPA professors honored with promotions
Betsy Farmer and Rhonda BeLue have been promoted in the Department of Health Policy and Administration. Farmer advanced from associate professor to full professor, while BeLue became an associate professor with tenure.
Recent publications by HPA faculty and students


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Mentoring weekend slated for February 24 and 25
The HPA Mentoring Weekend program will kick off Friday, February 24, 2012. This event brings together HPA students and alumni, and provides the opportunity for alumni to share advice and experiences to help HPA students become successful in the health care field. Many ongoing professional relationships spring from the mentoring program.
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