2020 Virtual Annual Meeting Recap

By Jaime Stephens, CMP, CAE posted 07-30-2020 18:10


Following is a recap with highlights of AUPHA’s 2020 virtual Annual Meeting.
As previously noted, all sessions, other than a few committee meetings, have been recorded and may be found here on AUPHA’s web site.

We’d like to once again thank our generous program sponsors who made it possible for AUPHA to offer free Annual Meeting registration to the membership.  We are truly grateful for your continued and generous support.

AUPHA’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting opened on June 3rd, with the Pattullo Lecture given by Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MHA, MBA, the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Emeritus, Dean Emeritus, and Professor of the Graduate School  at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at University of California-Berkeley. Shortell’s lecture, COVID 19:  A Wake-Up Call for Reinventing and Reimagining our Healthcare Systems, drew a large crowd and was the perfect start to the meeting.  Other sessions that week and the following included the new Undergraduate Program track, with the following week focusing on the new Doctoral track and the Global Symposium.

The gavel was passed to the new Board Chair, Tracy Farnsworth, EdD, at AUPHA’s Annual Business Meeting on Friday, June 12th.  Outgoing Board members Mark Diana, PhD, Carol Molinari, PhD, and Carolyn (Cindy) Watts, PhD, were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to the Association.  Newly elected Board members Reid Oetjen, PhD, Laurie Shanderson, PhD, and Jullet (Jaye) Davis Weaver, PhD, were welcomed to the Board.

The week of June 15th opened with the first of three relaxing yoga classes led by Ms. Linda Boudreault from the Green Mountains of Vermont; one of the two wellness components added to the Meeting.  William Hsiao, PhD, Harvard University, recipient of the 2020 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, honored us with his remarks and, thanks to NAHSE’s generous sponsorship, Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, gave a special presentation on Health Equity: Moving beyond the legacy of racism and discrimination. Tony and Paula Seikel, formerly of Idaho State University in Pocatello, offered mindfulness and meditation sessions starting this week as a gift to special AUPHA attendees.  We are grateful for their kindness and generosity!

The week of June 22nd focused on education and deep-dive sessions and a few surprises, including a special panel following up on Dr. Sanders Thompson’s presentation of the previous week.  Led by moderator, Rhonda BeLue, PhD, panelists Kimberly Enard, PhD, Christopher King, PhD, Dale Sanders, DO, Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, and Jacqueline C. Wilshire, PhD, shared their views during their presentation titled Racism, Social Injustice, and Discrimination:  How Can Health Administration Education Make a Difference?

Another addition to the speaker line up that week was Brent James, MD, M.Stat. Known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles, Dr. James’s presentation, Preparing MHA Students for a Very Different Healthcare Future, was a welcome special addition  to the program.

The following award and scholarship recipients were recognized at the Awards Presentation on July 24th:  Diane M. Howard, PhD, the Gary L. Filerman Award for Educational Leadership recipient; Paula Song, PhD, the John D. Thompson Prize recipient; Joanna Veazey Brooks, PhD, the first recipient of the Glandon Family Scholarship; and Ms. Summer Hill, the Corris Boyd Scholar.  Also recognized were the 2020 AUPHA Engagement Award recipients:  Wittney Jones, PhD, Faculty Engagement; Metropolitan State University Denver, New Program Engagement; and Virginia Commonwealth  University, Established Program Engagement.  The AM Poster winners were also recognized here - first prize went to  Michele M. McGowan, King's College, for her poster titled Certification-Embedded Education Programs:  A Vision to Elevate Performance. Congratulations to all!

Closing out the week was the AUPHA Forum Speaker, Natalie Gochnour, MS.  Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and as director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. She served in the administrations of three Utah governors – Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker – and was a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration.  Ms. Gochnour shared her Leadership Insights in a COVID-19 World.

The meeting concluded on July 24th, after a week full of Faculty Forum business meetings and presentations.  Thanks to the fourteen forums who were able to participate. 

While the Annual Meeting is behind us, we look forward to our fall 2020 webinar series, offering a variety of topics of interest.  Look for announcements coming soon and thanks to everyone who made our virtual Annual Meeting a success.