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UNC: Department of Health Policy and Management Wins Award for Sustainability in Health Care Management

The Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM) at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health has been named a recipient of the Award for Sustainability in Healthcare Management Education and Practice by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Canon Solutions America.

CAHME is an accrediting body for academic programs that offer a professional master’s degree in health care management education. Every year, the organization partners with Canon to recognize educational institutions that strive to instill ideals of sustainability and social responsibility in future health care leaders through programs that support the advancement of sustainability goals. The Gillings School is one of two organizations to receive the award this year.

The department will be honored at the CAHME annual awards luncheon and will be acknowledged in the January 2020 edition of Modern Healthcare. It will also receive a grant to further promote sustainability in health care education.

“We are especially grateful to our students, who really encouraged us as a program to think about how we could play a role in being more environmentally and culturally sustainable,” said Dr. Paula Song, director of the health policy and management residential masters program.

In keeping with the Gillings School’s commitment to sustainability ideals, leaders in the Health Policy and Management Department have developed goals to reduce the use of plastic bottles at all HPM events and activities, to consider the environmental impact of all event planning activities and to promote a culture of environmentally sustainable practices within the and department. HPM’s orientation was recently revamped to reflect these goals.

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