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George Mason Graduate Students Bring Home a Win

Allison Anderson, Melissa Martin, and Brittany Stone represented George Mason at the University of Alabama Health Administration Case Competition. The team analyzed a Baltimore hospital's behavioral health initiatives and presented their recommendations to a national panel of judges. Read more.

HAP Graduate Student Takes First Place in National Capital Healthcare Executives Essay Contest

Jenny Gladieux, a graduate student in the Department of Health Administration and Policy’s PhD in Health Services Research program, received first place in the National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE) annual essay contest. Gladieux is concentrating her PhD study in health systems and policy, and currently works in government relations for a small, boutique consulting firm that specializes in health policy.

This year’s essay topic, which was open to graduate-level students at five D.C. and Northern Virginia universities, was, “Pretend you are a health care executive, and you just received a $50 million donation and access to a team of whatever kinds of experts you need. Describe the first project you would undertake to positively impact health care.” Gladieux wrote her essay about creating a federal all payer claims database. The essay will be published on the NCHE website.

Gladieux was recognized during NCHE’s annual C-suite roundtable on October 17 and received a $2,000 scholarship for her essay.

Summer Internship Increases HAP Student’s Understanding of Health Care

Internships are a key element of a college education, and, in many cases, help students explore various career fields and expand their understanding of their degree field.

For Shannon Mehaffey, her summer internship is no exception.

Mehaffey, a junior in the BS in health administration program with a concentration in assisted living/senior housing administration, combined her interest in caring for memory impaired senior adults with some guidance from her academic advisor on how to network to obtain a tailored internship this summer. She is currently an administrator in training intern at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community in Elkhart, Indiana. Learn more about her internship.

Nursing PhD Student Publishes Study On Quality Of Life For Adolescents With Type 1 Diabetes

Nada Abualula, a nursing PhD candidate, recently published a systematic review study focused on the quality of life for adolescents with type 1 diabetes and on evaluating diabetes educational interventions for these adolescents.

Abualula did a systematic review of six databases to gather information on quality of life outcomes of diabetes self-management education interventions for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. The goal of the review was to determine the effectiveness of diabetes self-management interventions with a skills development component on improving quality of life of adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

The review is published in The Diabetes Educator. Professors Kathryn Jacobsen of the Department of Global and Community Health, and Renee Milligan and Margaret Rodan of the School of Nursing, along with Vicki S. Conn of the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing served as co-authors on the review.

GCH Student Selected for OSCAR Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Ashley Plaster, a senior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in public health and biology, has been selected for OSCAR’s Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) for fall 2016. Her project is “The Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of George Mason Students in Relation to Zika Virus.”

As Plaster hopes to pursue graduate school in public health with a concentration in epidemiology, she has spent several months working with Department of Global and Community Health professors Julia Painter and Kathryn Jacobsen to explore how Mason undergraduate students perceive the Zika virus. Painter and Jacobsen will continue to serve as Plaster’s mentors through her URSP project.

With the support of the URSP, Plaster will write and submit an abstract for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and will also assist her mentors in preparing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

“I hope that this study may assist George Mason faculty with instituting educational programs to increase knowledge and reduce the risk of Zika virus. Findings may then be generalized to help other universities reduce and prevent Zika virus in their institutions,” Plaster said. “Dr. Julia Painter and Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen have been amazing mentors, and I have gained such a great experience thus far. I have no doubt that this program, along with their mentorship, will continue to enlighten me, as well as help me in my future endeavors related to public health.”

A Message from Our Dean

Tom Prohaska

CHHS Students Make a Difference

Not waiting until they leave college, CHHS students build on their formal training in the classroom to make a difference in the community. They seek answers to pressing issues in the health and well-being of our society. Our college is proud to educate tomorrow’s leaders today. Congratulations to these students!

Dr. Thomas Prohaska


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