Spring 2017 Newsletter ♦ AAC Representatives Continue to Deliver Outstanding Presentations to CSULA’s Graduate Program

By Thao TranChair, Academic Alliance Committee

In 2008, the father of Academic Alliance Committee, CIO James (Jim) Brady, knew the importance of closing the gap between the workforce and academia by developing and implementing cross-collaboration between faculty, students and healthcare professionals. In 2014, Academic Alliance Committee changed its name to Academic Alliance Community (AAC). Since the day Jim Brady made his significant mark in his presentation to Professor Barry Hunt’s graduate-level healthcare management program at California State University in Los Angeles (CSULA), there has been at least quarterly or bi-annual AAC presentations to his students. This year two of our former SoCal HIMSS scholarship recipients, Andrew Do (’16) and Stephen Lee (’14), Chair of SoCal HIMSS chapter scholarships, paid it forward by delivering an outstanding presentation to 25 students in Professor’s Hunt’s class on February 28th, 2017.

The background of our outreach representatives is impressive. One does not have to be a current student in order to volunteer for AAC. Here is a brief biography about our CSULA presenters.

Stephen has been providing strategic analysis and project management as a business consultant since 2013. He attended UCLA where he obtained his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management in 2014. During this time, he received the UCLA Fielding Department of Health Policy and Management Leadership Grant and the distinction of the California Wellness Foundation Fellow. In his most recent work, Stephen has developed and led the implementation of the California End of Life Option Act for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California region. He currently lives in his hometown suburb in Los Angeles and can be contacted at Stephen.G.Lee@kp.org.

Andrew has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2015, supporting executive leaders in developing innovative approaches to care delivery by leveraging data analysis, project management, and resource planning to assess the needs of patients relative to industry pressures and trends. He is currently the department supervisor for Kaiser Permanente's regional cardiac surgery program, managing day to day operations in Los Angeles and overseeing the expansion into Fontana, Orange County, and San Diego. Andrew graduated from the MPH program at UCLA in 2016, where he was a teaching assistant in financial accounting, financial management, and community health sciences courses. Andrew currently holds an adjunct appointment as a professor in the UCLA Division of Social Sciences. He can be contacted at Andrew.H.Do@kp.org.


In the photo above, standing from left to right is Stephen Lee, Professor Barry Hunt, and Andrew Do.

Here are some testimonials from Professor Hunt’s students after they heard Stephen and Andrew’s presentation:

“It was great to see how two students with the same background and education were flourishing and dealing with daily challenges at work.”

“At times I wasn’t sure if this was the field that I ultimately wanted a career job in, but after listening to Stephen it gave me motivation when he explained what it was he did daily at his job and I knew that is what I wanted to do”

“It was good to have guest speakers who were recent graduates and very motivating to hear about their success.”

“I think HIMSS is a great way to connect with people all over the country (and maybe the world) who are working together to make a better healthcare.”

“I had never heard of HIMSS before and had they not come to our class I would have never found out about it. Or if I had found out about it on my own I would have assumed it has more to do with information technology. So I thought it was reassuring that they talked about their experiences and the networking they were able to do through HIMSS.”

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