Chair’s Blog

By Brian T Malec, PhD, LFHIMSS posted 11-28-2022 14:32

The fall 2022 semester is filled with exciting AUPHA accomplishments and an insightful vision of 2023. We continue to move forward with the Strategic Plan. I look forward to the updated Body of Knowledge and its impact on what we teach our students and how we prepare them for the professional world. The engagement and creativity of the discussions of the 25 domains are exciting. Other elements of the Strategic Plan will be emerging in 2023.

It is exciting that the 2023 AUPHA Prizes have been awarded. Congratulations to all these impressive recipients:

  • Gary L. Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership Recipient: Dean G. Smith, PhD, Louisiana State University
  • Quint Studer Gratitude Prize Recipient: Amy Yarbrough Landry, PhD, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • John D. Thompson Price Recipient: Patrick D. Shay, PhD, MS, Trinity University
For more information about the recipients, please see the articles posted in this issue of The Exchange.

I'm proud to mention the post by Karen Wager, noting that Dan Gentry was recently named the winner of the 2022 Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received his MHA in health administration in 1990 and his career and accomplishments have grown ever since.

Looking to the future, AUPHA will be very busy in 2023. In March, AUPHA will be at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2023 Congress in Chicago to host the Academic Program and Practitioner Workshop on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. ACHE is a wonderful experience and many of our students, faculty, and alumni are very engaged. In April, AUPHA will be present at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Chicago with a half-day HIT-Informatics research and innovative teaching session, scheduled on Monday, April 17th. We will be extending the dates for proposal submissions. The biggest event, as you know, will be AUPHA's 75th Anniversary celebrated at the 2023 Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, from June 29th to July 1st. Our history is deeply rooted in the DC area and I recall many meetings there, with deep discussions about health policy and improvements for educating our students. The Annual Meeting Planning Committee (AMPC) is working to create an engaging, educational, and future-focused conference.

I am honored to be your Board Chair and hope you have an exciting semester. I wish you and your family a happy holiday season.