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Mile Square Executive Director and UIC MHA Students honored by Chicago Health Executives Forum

three male and three female UIC students in formal attire, posing at the award event with Dr. Robert Barish in the center of the photo

UIC Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) student leadership Delaney Razo, Shivam Patel, Luciana Sandoval Camacho, Grace Jennings and Ali Mohamed Hejaij were honored by the Chicago Health Executives Forum (CHEF) at their Annual Meeting on February 21, 2024. They were joined at the event by Dr. Robert Barish, UIC vice chancellor for health affairs. These six exceptional students received the Health Studies Student Leadership Award that recognizes the achievements of outstanding graduate students in a Chicago healthcare management program. They were selected to be recognized for the excellence of their efforts in coordinating the 2023 CHEF/American College of Healthcare Executives Student Committee: Paving the Way for Leadership & Innovation held at UIC last November. It was a tremendous success.

The UIC Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), launched their residential program in 2005. The MHA program provides students a blend of cutting-edge theory and application within the healthcare sector. Since its inception, the program has graduated close to 500 students. These graduates have contributed to the improvement of community healthcare across Chicago, Illinois, the nation and indeed the world.

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At the same event, Henry Taylor, MPA, Executive Director of Mile Square Health Center was honored with the Community Leadership Award, which CHEF bestows to recognize the accomplishments of a health care leader or an organization in the Chicago area that has paved the way for excellence in health care service delivery. The award seeks to highlight successful health care leaders who have a demonstrated commitment toward the design, direction and delivery of quality health care within the community.

Henry Taylor has led UI Health’s network of federally qualified Mile Square Health Centers since 1998. He is a passionate advocate for the rights of underserved patients to increased access to quality health care and he is most deserving of this outstanding recognition of his commitment to the wellbeing of our communities.

“It is very gratifying to see these recognitions from an esteemed organization such as CHEF,” said Dr. Barish, “and it further affirms our commitment at UI Health to pursue academic excellence, quality care and health equity for the Chicago communities we serve.”

Congratulations to all the honorees!