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Public Health News 2014

12.2015 100% Online HCA/LTCA Cohort Program to begin Fall 2016! HCA and DELO faculty have begun the process to plan and begin offering the NAB Accredited degree program online.  For more information, visit

11.2015 MHA/HCA students attend LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston, MA.  With over 8,500 attendees, this valuable experience included education sessions, innovation symposium, expo hall and networking opportunities with long term care professionals from across the United States.

04.2015 Five students, to include 4 LTCA Certificate undergraduates and 1 MHA student, present research posters at the American College for Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) 49th Annual Convocation and Exposition at The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

03.2016 MHA/HCA students attend the 2015 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, IL.  The American College of Healthcare Executive's (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership provides an opportunity for students to engage with experienced healthcare professionals while learning the latest information on enhancing futre career opportunities and innovative programs. 

03.2015 Congratulations to Mr. Trevor Davis!  A Health Care Administration undergraduate student pursuing the NAB Accredited LTCA Certificate Program, for his recent selection as one of only two students to be awarded the 2015 W. Phillip McConnell Student Scholarship Fund!  This award provides up to $1500 in travel funds for a student to attend and present research at the ACHCA Annual Convocation. Mr. Davis will be presenting his research on the perception of HIV/AIDS among long term care residents.

02.2015 Students and faculty travel to Long Term Care Conference. Seven WKU students and one faculty member from the Department of Public Health’s Health Care Administration (HCA) and Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) Certificate Program recently traveled to Rising Sun, Indiana, to attend the American College of Health Care Administrators’ (ACHCA) regional District 3 Meeting.

Tanzania 2014

06.2014 Dr. Mkanta and Public Health students visit Tanzania.  WKU students and faculty participating in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Tanzania Program had an opportunity to meet with the President of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, during the program's 2014 summer session.

08.2014 The Future of Integrated Practice, Education: Western Kentucky University Curriculum. Public Health featured in NIOSH publication. Dr. Cecilia Watkins, who teaches worksite health promotion at WKU, has been one of the lead figures pushing for integration in the WKU curriculum. In fall 2014, WKU will offer a Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science, with both worksite wellness and safety components. In addition, an advanced certificate in worksite health promotion will be available that includes training on critical issues in health and safety.

06.2014 Health Care Administration Program, with the Long Term Care Administration Certificate, receives Academic Accreditation from the National Association for Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).  It is the ONLY NAB Accredited Program in Kentucky and one of only 11 in the United States!

05.09.2014 WKU KPHA Student Chapter wins top award for 6th year in row! WKU's Kentucky Public Health Association Student Chapter has KPHA 2014been named Best Student Chapter in Kentucky for the sixth year in a row. The award was presented during the 66th annual KPHA Conference April 14-17 in Louisville. Students and faculty members from WKU's College of Health and Human Services attended the conference. The theme of this year's KPHA conference was Embracing the Future of Public Health.

05.07.2014 WKU students, faculty attend KAHCF Quality Summit. Students pursuing the Long-Term Care KAHCF Quality Summit 2014Administration (LTCA) Certificate and  WKU faculty members in Health Care Administration and the School of Nursing were invited to attend the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) Quality Summit in Bowling Green.

CHHS students at ACHCA04.28.2014 3 WKU students present research to long term care professionals. WKU's College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) had three of only 10 students selected to participate in the Student Research Poster Session at the 2014 American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Annual Convocation in Las Vegas, Nev.

04.17.2014 The WKUMPH Presents Kreuter and Katz Department of Public Health MPH Program, Health Education Concentration presents: THOSE WHO KNOW STUFF DO BETTER THAN THOSE WHO DON'T: How public perception of what causes health shapes public health. Guest Speakers: Marshall Kreuter PhD and Martha Katz MPA, April 17th at 2 pm, Augenstein Alumni Center in the Robertson-Feix Grand Ballroom

04.11.2014 "Results of the Kentucky Worksite Assessment: Utilization of the CDC's Health Scorecard" was presented on April 11, 2014 in Frankfort to the Kentucky Department for Public Health , including the Deputy Commissioner for Public Health, Dr. Connie WMacy, Watkins, Larty and Vijayhite. The assessment was conducted to identify the number of comprehensive worksite health promotion programs in Kentucky and to determine the health needs of worksites in Kentucky. Dr. Cecilia Watkins, Dr. Grace Lartey, Dr. Gretchen Macy and Dr. Vijay Golla, who conducted the survey in 2013, revealed that few worksites in Kentucky have a worksite health promotion program and more businesses rely on health insurance to treat chronic diseases than health promotion programs or preventive services to reduce chronic diseases. Much work needs to be done, especially for small businesses, to help companies establish worksite health promotion programs.

04.10.2014 HCA Faculty and Students attend National ACHE Conference. "ACHE is the largest gathering of healthcare executives in            ACHE 2014 conference the country," said Dr. Gregory Ellis-Griffith, assistant professor and Healthcare Administration program director. "It is a great way for students  to network with some of the professionals in the industry."

04.08.2014 The WKU Department of Public Health presents: Kentucky Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, FCAP

Adult Day Tour

03.21.2014 WKU Long Term Care Students Visit Barren River Adult Day Care.  Twenty-seven students in long term care, a Health Care Administration course at WKU, were given an informational tour of Barren River Adult Day Care on Thursday (March 20) by two WKU alumni, Director Steve Creekmore and Recreation Therapist Brittney Childers. 

03.11.2014 WKU Public Health faculty, students honored at conference: Ten students and four faculty of WKU's Health CareAdministration Program (HCA) recACHCA District IIIently attended    the District 3 American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) conference in Rising Sun, Ind. HCA faculty Melanie Eaton and Heather O'Banion received awards for their individual contributions to the long term care profession.


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