CSU, Chico News

Health Administration Students Win Competition

Date: 05-10-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s health services administration team won the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Western Region College Bowl April 8 at the California Endowment Conference Center in Los Angeles.

CSU, Chico came in first in the undergraduate competition against CSU, Long Beach and CSU, Northridge, which were second and third, respectively.

The event was sponsored by the three ACHE chapters in California: The Healthcare Executives of Southern California, the California Association of Healthcare Leaders and the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders.

CSU, Chico also won the event last year, which was the first year undergraduates from different parts of the state competed against each other. In prior years, CSU, Chico participated in a Northern California competition that included both graduate and undergraduate students.

The team was comprised of all seniors majoring in Health Services Administration: Lauren Brown, Kristin Fick, Rio Gardner, Leana Haddad (team captain), Danielle Hara, Caity Hardy, Sara Markle and Kendra Morris.

The two faculty members coaching the students were Rick Narad and Stan Salinas, both in the Department of Health and Community Services. They were assisted by two health administration juniors: Lysette Nunez and Danielle Scheuerlein.

The undergraduate competition is “Jeopardy style,” in which students are asked multiple-choice questions about health services administration knowledge and scenarios.

“The members of the team reviewed topics from their major classes and did lots of mock competitions,” Narad said. “They showed that they have the knowledge and commitment to be successful health services administrators.”

CSU, Chico’s health services administration program has more than 200 undergraduate majors. The University is one of three schools in California that is fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.