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Planning is now in full swing for AUPHA’s 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled to be held next June 3-5, in Salt Lake City. The Annual Meeting Planning Committee (AMPC) chaired by Tracy Farnsworth, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors, is putting together a program full of networking, educational, and local experiential opportunities that you will not want to miss.  In order to continue to add value to the meeting, we are seeking sponsorship participation from AUPHA member programs.  Participating as a sponsor offers your program numerous benefits, including visibility (both before and during the Annual Meeting) and complimentary registration and booth space ...
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JHAE News:  Now Open Source! AUPHA is pleased to announce that effective immediately, the organization’s quarterly journal, the Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is now an open source publication, with content available to all.  The decision to move forward with this was made after careful and considerable review by the Board over the past several years and should increase the publication’s impact factor, used to sort or rank journals by their relative importance. Everyone is welcome to download current and archived issues . Please visit the Journal of Health Administration Education for more information
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I am delighted to announce that the proposed bylaws change regarding AUPHA Board composition passed.  The poll opened on 14 August and closed on 13 September, 2019, with 73 (59%) of the eligible programs voting. Of those who voted, 69 (93%) supported the change. The Board had recommended that the bylaws be changed to read: Board Composition. The specified number of Board members allowed from the various categories of membership: Full Member Programs No less than 10         (Accredited Graduate and Certified Undergraduate) Associate Member Programs No more than 1 Affiliate Member Programs (Practitioners) No more than 3 Individual Members No more ...
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The Health Administration Press Fall 2019 digital textbook catalog is now available. This interactive catalog allows instructors to browse HAP’s current and upcoming textbook offerings, including this year’s newly-released editions of classic textbooks such as The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization and The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy, and Tools. Use the landing page to navigate to a particular topic, view new releases or search for specific titles. View the Fall 2019 digital textbook catalog and request your exam copies today.
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The AUPHA Career Center is an affordable, easy way to post your open positions or find a new position for yourself. Employers Easy sign in – Sign in to the AUPHA Career Center with the same username and password used to access the AUPHA Network and register for AUPHA events. Higher visibility for your position – The AUPHA Career Center is open to the public and job seekers are not required to register, making it easier for the right applicants to find your position. New, lower introductory rates. AUPHA member bonus – In addition to a discounted member rate, a link to each position posted by an AUPHA member will be included in the Job Opportunities ...
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Members have uploaded hundreds of syllabi to the Forums over the years. However, it has been very difficult to search for and find syllabi in the Network. Therefore, we have copied all the syllabi and saved them in one convenient, easy to use location - the Syllabi Library . The syllabi are organized by category. The link of each syllabus contains the category, course title, institution, and year it was uploaded to the Network or last revised. You must be logged in to view the library. Now that the syllabi are organized, we would like members to share more recent documents. The Syllabus Submission Form makes it easy to share syllabi. Please share your syllabi ...
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Ethics Faculty Forum The center for resources on teaching ethics to health administration students and for integrating ethics into other health administration courses. We facilitate the exchange of ideas, the sharing of best practices, and the development of innovative strategies for teaching ethics to health administration students. Chair: Eileen Alexander, Xavier University Chair-elect: Michael McDonough, Rutgers University Finance, Economics & Insurance Faculty Forum This Faculty Forum works to identify core knowledge/skills in accounting, finance, economics, and insurance in sequence (undergraduate, graduate). and develop basic competencies ...
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Admissions News

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Graduate Applications Over the past several years, we have anecdotally seen and heard that health administration programs have received fewer applications. The rumor mill often has a grain of truth but can be misleading. AUPHA reached out to all graduate members programs to learn more about their application, offer and matriculation volume over the past two years. We thank the 37 programs (23 CAHME accredited) who responded. What did we find? Applications declined a little less than 12% from 2018 to 2019. Offers and Matriculants appear unchanged in the two years. Programs without CAHME Accreditation accounted for most of the decline in applications ...
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Both of the current fellows have decided where they will be doing their placements. Jack DiMatteo will be doing his placement in the Office of Lauren Underwood (D-IL 14th District), working with the newly formed Black Mental Health Caucus, under the supervision of Andrea Harris. Alexander Urry will be doing his in the Office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12th District), with Wendell Primus as his supervisor. The deadline for the 2019 Winston Fellowship is October 11th, 2019.
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Work to Generate Happiness and Success This is the first of two blogs that I have been speaking about and thinking about for some time but have not had the opportunity to publish.  Current events at global and at personal levels make these even more relevant today. I will discuss balance in work and life in this blog and the second part concerns the value of a management team. We all wish to attain personal and professional happiness and professional success in our lives and careers. When I was young, getting a good job and making a decent wage was the primary key to success. That professional success was thought to equate to happiness.  Many now question ...
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Dr. Michael McCue, R. Timothy Stack Professor at the VCU Department of Health Administration, co-authored a Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief entitled " How the ACA's Medical Loss Ratio Rule Protects Consumers and Insurers Against Ongoing Uncertainty ." The brief, which was published online in June, was based on work with Dr. McCue's colleague, Dr. Mark Hall, Director of Health Law and Policy at Wake Forest University School of Law.  Associate Professor Dr. Laura McClelland received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management. Recipients of this honor have made significant contributions in one or more ...
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The Health Care Management (HCM) program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) will be leading a research project using PARO, an artificial intelligence robotic seal. As an FDA approved medical device, PARO was specifically invented by Dr. Takanori Shibata to reduce the symptoms associated with dementia. PARO earned Shibata the 2018 Ryman award for enhancing the lives of older people with his invention. Fall 2019, the HCM program at SIUC will begin using the artificial intelligence seal for collaborative research with the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders also on the SIUC campus. For more information on PARO, please see the following: Japanese ...
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Welcome New Members

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AUPHA is pleased to welcome the following new program members: Baptist College of Health Sciences , Memphis, TN, has joined as an Associate Undergraduate program member. Dixie State University  , St. George, UT, has joined as an Associate Undergraduate program member. University of Georgia, School of Health Sciences, Tbilisi, Georgia, has joined with three International Program memberships – Bachelor's of Healthcare Administratio n, Master's of Healthcare Administration , Doctor of Public Health . AUPHA also extends a warm welcome to the following new individual members: Kathleen Hernlen , Augusta University Bradley Malin , VA Palo Alto Jolene ...
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  At the Undergraduate Breakfast Meeting held during the 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, attendees endorsed the recommendation to integrate the Undergraduate Workshop (UW), held every other year, into the Annual Meeting program.  Those attending the Graduate Breakfast Meeting were also in favor of the proposal.  Those in attendance at both breakfast meetings also supported a recommendation to add a doctoral track to the Annual Meeting. Staff determined that the easiest and most efficient way to incorporate the UW into the Annual Meeting would be to schedule it prior to the formal start of the AM, similar to the way that the Global Symposium used to ...
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On a very windy day, AUPHA staff members Jaime Stephens and Liza Assefa paid a visit to The Ohio State University while in Columbus last month. Sharon Schweikhart and Julie Robbins graciously showed them around their beautiful campus, including the Ohio Union, the University’s library, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, and the OSU Oval. We thank them for their time and generosity!
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Say Something, Do Something The national, political news has been difficult to ignore in recent times.  Most of us steer clear of overt political statements for or against particular individuals, parties, movements or even issues unless they step directly into our areas of expertise and concern. In fact, many of us have tended to actually ignore the noise and try to detect the signal as Joe Scarborough’s opinion piece (June 3, 2019) and Nate Silver’s 2012 book suggest. There are times, however, when it seems that ignorance of or ignoring pronouncements can influence what we do. Some of these need to be confronted. A recent article in the Washington Post ...
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Chair's Blog

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I was installed as Chair of the AUPHA Board at our Annual Meeting in New Orleans, and I would like to begin this blog with two very important acknowledgments of thanks.  The first is to Dr. Mark Diana for his service as Chair. The past year I have come to know and appreciate his leadership talents, which are many. But, his abilities regarding relationship building and developing team members to perform well should be recognized. For example, under Mark’s direction, we as a board set aside our business as usual agenda for our board meeting last month and focused on our strategic plan. The conversations were lively, informative, and productive. Designated, protected ...
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As you plan for your fall courses, be sure to share information about HAP’s textbook discounts with your students. Student Associates of the American College of Healthcare Executives receive a 30% discount every day—no promo code required. Students who aren’t members of ACHE receive a 20% discount when textbooks are purchased directly from HAP by using the promo code STUDENT19 at checkout. Student discounts can be applied to purchases at ache.org/HAP or 301/362-6905. For additional information, contact hapbooks@ache.org .
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VCU College of Health Professions Announces New Dean We are pleased to report that Dr. Susan Parish has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Health Professions . Parish, an expert in public health and social work, started at the university July 1. “Dr. Parish is a strategic global thinker who leads with compassion and vision,” said Marsha D. Rappley, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System. “Her depth of experience and talent as a teacher, researcher and administrator is the perfect match to build upon the solid foundation which has been laid for the college.” Check out the full announcement ...
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Change Redux Almost six years ago in my first blog I talked about change. I said then, “As I think about the opening days working for AUPHA as your new President and CEO, I’m sometimes overwhelmed by the magnitude of the change that I face.” While I had years of experience in the workplace, “[n]ew functions (writing blogs), new responsibilities, new expectations, new technologies (Google Hangouts), new bosses (Board and diverse constituents), new colleagues/staff, and a new city” presented monumental change. I concluded, however, that compared with the changes that Obama/Sebelius, and many others, were facing at the time with healthcare reform, changes faced ...
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