Dear fellow HSMP Alumni,
We are having a great spring here in the HSMP department! Our MHA program has moved into the Top 10 in the US News & World Report rankings released last month; exciting news that will be especially helpful in recruiting new talent.
More importantly, our students are out there living up to the ranking! For example, we have team of second-year students who made it through two-rounds to get into the finals of the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition. They edged out competition from 54 other teams in the first round, including Dartmouth, Yale and Cornell MBA programs and were among great company in the finals which included Wharton, UNC, NYU and UCLA. A highlight of this event was seeing Josh Snowden, MHA/JD ’14 and Erin Shaffer, MHA ’10 both playing a key role in this event, but also offering tremendous support for our students.
Back on campus, this month saw the 12th annual Ed Adams Leadership Development Symposium (LDS); an event established to facilitate networking with leaders in the local healthcare community. Four years ago, a case competition for first-year students was added in conjunction with the LDS. The year’s competition saw 12 teams from seven schools competing. Alumni support was crucial to this event in terms of sponsorship, writing the case (Dave Miller, ’80), judging (Dave Miller, Laura Kalister, Ben Shaker, Tom Gilbride and Kathleen Battle) and attending (too many to list). What makes this event so impressive is that it is entirely student run, which reflects incredible vision, initiative and leadership talent among our student s. Needless to say, they make us proud.
Case competitions are incredibly valuable for student learning and a great way to keep our program visible on the national stage. Alumni support is critical to our success in these activities. So many of you have been generous help our students prepare and have the resources to attend, and we thank you for that.
As always, thanks for all that you do to help the students and the program!
Julie Robbins, PhD, MHA ’93
MHA Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
Chicago Reception Recap
Oh the fun we had! This year’s HSMP Alumni Society Chicago reception took place at the iconic Berghoff restaurant. As opposed to a sit-down dinner like in previous years, the 2015 event was a come-when-you-can, leave-when-you-must reception that allowed guests to make dinner plans around the reception. Students and alumni alike let loose after a long day at the ACHE Congress as they caught up with old friends and met some new ones. There was an electric energy in the room as one can expect of our amazing alumni community. Thank you to the organizers, attendees and student sponsors. We’ll see you next year!
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Chris Kvale, 2016 MHA candidate
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Favorite Restaurant in Columbus? Lindey’s in German Village – delicious key lime pie!
One of your favorite Public Health classes so far? It’s a tie between Health Service Organizational Management (PUBHHMP 7615) and Economic Analysis of Health Services (PUBHHMP 7602)
What do you do on the weekends? I try my best to get caught up on homework while watching various movies and TV shows on Netflix.
What is a hidden talent you have or a fun fact about you? I am slowly but surely teaching myself how to play guitar.