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Weldon takes second place in national essay contest about health administration

The health services administration (HADM) program is allotted one student entry to the annual Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management. For the sixth consecutive year, the student essay they have submitted has taken home top honors. This year, Christopher Weldon, a senior majoring in health services administration, took second place in the undergraduate division of the contest for his essay titled, “Reducing Avoidable Re-admissions by Implementing New Discharge and Follow-up Care Procedures.”

"When I first found out that I placed second in the essay competition I was initially upset that I didn't win. Then I quickly realized just how big of an accomplishment it was, and that I should be extremely proud of my hard work, writing and ideas," Weldon said.

The Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition was named in honor of Richard J. Stull, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) president from 1965-1978. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession.

“We are thrilled to have another Auburn HADM student’s work honored in this prestigious competition. Chris’s essay was selected to represent our program from among many outstanding essays written by students enrolled in our healthcare management course. The well-deserved recognition received by Chris and our previous winners is a testament to the high caliber and hard work of our students,” said Cathleen Erwin, HADM director

Weldon is the sixth Auburn HADM student to place in the competition in the six years that HADM has participated. Previous winners include:

  • 2016 – Savanna Williams – 1st place for “Strategic Plan for Maximizing Shared Savings in an Accountable Care Organization”
  • 2017 – Julia Alton Tubbs – 3rd place for “Sustaining the Healthcare System through New Staffing Models, Community Relationships, and Multidisciplinary Outpatient Facilities”
  • 2018 – Hannah Kaye Fleming – 1st place for “Improving Quality and Lowering Cost Through Community Care Teams”
  • 2019 – Andrew Peeler – 1st place for "Strategies for Cost Saving through Social Determinants of Health"
  • 2020 – Matthew Davis – 1st place for “Utilizing Technology to Combat Clinician Burnout”

Weldon receives a cash prize and will be formally recognized at the Postgraduate Fellowship Event co-hosted by the American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and National Center for Healthcare Leadership in late April.

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