SHP Flag Bearer Jennifer DingleJennifer Dingle, SHP flag-bearer at 2014 UAB graduationJennifer Dingle, a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Care Management Program, wins a $40,000 scholarship from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). She is one of only two students in the U.S. to earn the HCA Corris Boyd Scholarship for 2014.

“This scholarship will allow me to work toward my goal of becoming an administrator in a pediatric healthcare facility and providing all patients, regardless of socioeconomic background, especially children, high-quality, evidence-based healthcare,” said Dingle.

The HCA Corris Boyd Scholars program, established in 2006, provides scholarships to two deserving minority students each year. The award is named for Mr. Corris Boyd who “dedicated himself to diversity and excellence in leadership – especially among people of color.”

“I believe she will make a tremendous contribution to the healthcare industry,” said Pam Paustian, Ph.D., RHIA, associate professor and HCM program director. “Jennifer was an outstanding student who was actively engaged in HCM program activities, as well as, research activities. She held student leadership positions at both the University and School level, and participated in the SHP Honors Program.”

Dingle, who was honored as the UAB School of Health Professions flag-bearer at graduation, was recently awarded 2nd place at the 7th annual UAB EXPO. Her poster, titled “A Survey of the Healthcare Information Management Workforce in Rural Alabama Physician Practices,” took a close look at individuals performing Health Information Technology in rural physician practices. Her goal with that project was to improve the quality of care by enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of those working in rural Alabama.

This is the second time a UAB Department of Health Services Administration alumni is named a Boyd Scholar in the past five years. In 2010, William English, a graduate of the HCM Program and the nationally ranked Master of Science in Health Administration Program, earned the prestigious honor. He currently serves as administrative manager at Duke University Hospital.