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ACHE FUNDS AUPHA-ACHE
PEDAGOGY IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

CHICAGO, January 9, 2004—The American College of Healthcare Executives has announced that it will fund a project for pedagogy enhancement in health administration education. Commencing major activity in January 2004 and concluding at the end of the year, the project is a joint initiative resulting from a long-standing partnership between ACHE and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Recognizing the need to continue to improve the curriculum of programs that prepare future healthcare leaders, the Pedagogy Enhancement Project on Leadership Skills for Healthcare Management will focus on the leadership knowledge and skills needed by graduates of health administration programs. The work group will be chaired by Diana Hilberman, Dr.P.H., incoming chair of AUPHA, and will include both academics and healthcare management practitioners. This project will identify key leadership needs for entry-level leaders in the healthcare system. Based on these identified needs, the work group will then develop organization and leadership curriculum materials and pilot test the materials in selected AUPHA programs. Successful teaching materials with instructor's guides will be disseminated to AUPHA program faculty and other relevant professionals via a Web site.

"ACHE is delighted to assist AUPHA in developing teaching materials that will better prepare early careerists for the leadership challenges they will meet in the healthcare field," says Thomas C. Dolan, Ph.D., FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE.

Jeptha W. Dalston, Ph.D., FACHE, president and chief executive officer of AUPHA notes, "This pedagogy enhancement project focusing on leadership, which is part of a larger initiative dealing with pedagogy enhancement throughout health administration education, is central to the mission of AUPHA, and promises to be of great value to educational programs of health administration. We are very grateful to ACHE for their interest and support, and this project is a further continuation of our long-standing relationship with ACHE."

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American College of Healthcare Executives

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives who lead our nation’s hospitals, healthcare systems, and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Management, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE is also known for its journal, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and magazine, Healthcare Executive, as well as ground-breaking research and career development and public policy programs. ACHE's publishing division, Health Administration Press, is one of the largest publishers of books and journals on all aspects of health services management in addition to textbooks for use in college and university courses. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare leaders by providing exceptional value to its members.

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Association of University Programs in Health Administration

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through excellence in Health Administration Education. Our membership includes the premier Baccalaureate and Masters degree programs in healthcare management in the United States and Canada.

CONTACTS:
Deborah A. Labb, ACHE, (312) 424-9426
Liane P. Kluge, AUPHA, (202) 638-1448 ext. 110