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Arkansas: Student Dia Barber Awarded Scholarship from American College of Healthcare Executives

Ms. Dia Barber, a Master of Health Administration (MHA) student in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (UAMS), has received the 2019 Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) established the scholarship in honor of Mr. Albert W. Dent, the first African American Fellow of ACHE. The scholarship provides financial aid to minority students in the final year of a full-time health care management graduate program.

Ms. Barber, of the Washington, DC area, will enter her second year in the MHA program in August. She is an administrative intern at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

“It is a true honor to be selected as a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Ms. Barber. “I am grateful to my professors, mentors, and family for supporting me throughout my academic career as I prepare to serve as a future leader in health care.”

Ms. Barber was recommended for the scholarship by  Mr. Richard Ault, director of the Master of Health Administration program, and Dr. Saleema Karim, assistant professor in the Health Policy and Management Department, both in the College of Public Health.

Ms. Barbers’ recommendation noted her depth of thought in making decisions, commitment and ability to work well with others. She is a highly sought after teammate for group projects.

After graduation Ms. Barber wants to work in hospital operations.

“I hope to enter a leadership role in an organization that serves low-income communities and use a population health approach to drive initiatives to reduce health disparities,” Barber said.

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