The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Scholarship
The CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship is named in memory of Dawn Gideon, who devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed and who herself graduated from a CAHME-accredited MHA program at the University of Pittsburgh. The Scholarship is targeted to supporting women pursuing advanced education in healthcare management and who have demonstrated a commitment to communities in need.
The 2022 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Honoree
Melissa DePaola, LMSW, is the recipient of the 2022 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship. Melissa is a practicing social worker at Suffolk County Department of Health. She is described as the most talented, gracious, hardworking and generous students this professor has had in a decade of teaching. After losing both of her parents and being a mom of two children and surviving the pandemic she described her opportunity to pursue higher education in healthcare management during such difficult personal circumstances as “a gift” and “her respite.” She is a top performing student in their program, a stellar Teaching Assistant, a Peer Mentor and an Executive Board Member of their Future Healthcare Leaders of Stony Brook student organization.
Melissa embodies the words, generosity, warmth, modesty and inspiration. Her dedication to improving healthcare for all and helping healthcare organizations succeed is a tangible contribution to the greater good.
Melissa was nominated by Julie Agris, PhD, JD, LLM, FACHE, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Health Administration at Stony Brook University.
The 2021 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Honoree
Priyanka Santhapuram is the recipient of the 2021 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship. As a first-generation Indian American woman, Priyanka wants to give back to the country that welcomed her family. After receiving her undergraduate degree in public health, Priyanka worked in the community, where she gained insight into social justice issues that motivated her to work to increase accessibility to underserved communities.
Priyanka is also passionate about women’s health, specifically regarding sexual trauma experienced by the South Asian (Desi) women. During the pandemic quarantine, Priyanka created social media platform for Desi women to anonymously share their experiences of sexual trauma and to learn about recovery and coping methods. The platform creates a community of survivors and allies, advocating for and empowering woman.
Priyanka remains focused on the realities of the social determinants of health by addressing the gaps through creative methods. She is a self-starting woman working towards a healthcare leadership career.
Priyanka Santhapuram was nominated by Karen Charron, MPH, Assistant MHA Director at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Master of Health Administration Program. Priyanka is pursuing an MHA degree.
The 2020 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Honoree
Monica Avila. As a young researcher and public health advocate, Monica’s passion for cancer prevention and volunteerism stems from growing up in New Mexico where she witnessed the limited access to medical screenings, medical care and research firsthand. Her interest in preventive medicine grew stronger while studying as an undergrad at the University of New Mexico where her work surrounding the tumor environment in inflammatory breast cancer which disproportionately affected African American women, earned her departmental honors as well as the title of a Congressional Scholar for research in the Department of Biochemistry and Biology.
Avila has also interned at several health clinics, as well as the New Mexico Department of Health where she ultimately ran a health campaign in Cuzco, Peru, giving imprisoned women access to cervical cancer screenings.
Avila remains focused on finding effective ways to recruit eligible participants for national cancer trials, to help assure equal access to first-line therapies. She is currently at the MPH program at the University Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health.
The 2019 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship Honoree
Since Kaitlyn Chana was knee high she wanted to be a storyteller; she strives for purpose, brings truth, and helps others. It’s the crux of why Kaitlyn founded a nonprofit charitable organization called Reel Stories. Real People., Inc., in hopes, to tell positive stories of exceptional work being done in communities through video. Kaitlyn is working to obtain her master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida. She’s working on incorporating narrative storytelling in the health care industry to improve patient care.
Since Kaitlyn Chana was knee high she wanted to be a storyteller; she strives for purpose, brings truth, and helps others. It’s the crux of why Kaitlyn founded a nonprofit charitable organization called Reel Stories. Real People., Inc., in hopes, to tell positive stories of exceptional work being done in communities through video. Kaitlyn is working to obtain her master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of North Florida. She’s working on incorporating narrative storytelling in the health care industry to improve patient care. Her passion for storytelling cultivated in her early years after spending time with children with life-threatening illnesses in hospitals through her previous nonprofit organization, Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness, Inc. As a teenager, she traveled the country speaking about volunteerism as a Congressional Gold Medalist, 2010 Winter Olympic Torchbearer and as a spokesperson for the clothing store, Aeropostale.
Upon Kaitlyn receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, she planted her boots in Bangor, Maine as a television news reporter before moving to another market in Jacksonville, Florida. She asked people to tell their story on a daily basis, which, in turn, compelled her to share her story with you. Kaitlyn is a survivor of three different eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders. For about ten years her weight talked when she couldn’t verbally say how she was feeling. She’s now using her pain in an effort to change how schools nationwide approach mental health by designing an educational film and guided curriculum on eating disorders. She lives by the motto, “It only takes one person to move a mountain and then others will follow,” and she hopes this quote inspires others to do the unimaginable.
(published Dec. 16, 2018)
The 2018 CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship Honoree
The 2018 winner of the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship is Callie Parks, a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Master of Health Administration Program. Callie earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Central Arkansas, where she served as President and Treasurer of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, and represented her classmates on the Student Government Association. She was also recognized as a President’s Leadership Fellow, Outstanding Greek Woman, and “Who’s Who” among students in American Universities & Colleges.
Prior to beginning graduate school, Callie worked as a certified nursing assistant at a skilled nursing facility and medical assistant at a federally qualified health center. These experiences, coupled with a family member’s hospital stay, led her to pursue a Master of Health Administration. During her time in the Master’s program at UAMS, Callie has actively pursued opportunities to complement her academic training and skills. She started working as a graduate assistant at the UAMS Myeloma Institute in her first year, and subsequently started her roleas a Baptist Health Administrative Intern. Callie also serves as the Vice President on the MHA Student Association. Under her leadership, the organization has focused on increasing the integration between students and healthcare leaders by organizing professional development sessions and increasing the visibility of the MHA Program locally and nationally. Following graduation in May 2019, she plans to pursue an administrative fellowship.
Callie considers receiving the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship an honor as Dawn’s commitment to the field has paved the way for aspiring female healthcare leaders like herself. One of her personal goals is to create a professional group that fosters close partnerships between women who work in healthcare in the Central Arkansas area. Callie’s nomination noted her intellectual and academic excellence, leadership and communication skills, and commitment to innovation and service to others.
(published June 15, 2018)
The (2017) First CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship Honoree
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has named Samantha Clark as the first recipient of the CAHME/Dawn Gideon Foundation Scholarship Honorarium. The Honorarium includes a $2,000 scholarship. Samantha is a second-year student in the University of Washington Masters in Health Administration program. The Honorarium recognizes graduate healthcare management students who embody the spirit and attitude of Dawn Gideon.
Dawn, herself a graduate of a CAHME-accredited program at the University of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, devoted her career to helping healthcare organizations succeed. In Dawn’s memory, her family, friends, and colleagues founded The Dawn Gideon Foundation to support opportunities for education, development, and research in healthcare management, with a special focus on empowering women in the field. “Samantha Clark’s tenacity, intelligence, and resourcefulness—as described by her teachers and colleagues at the University of Washington—make her a worthy recipient of this award,” said Dr. Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME.
Samantha entered UW’s program after working several years as a healthcare social worker and case manager. As a first-year graduate student, she was part of the UW team that achieved second place in the highly competitive University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Administration Case Competition. This past summer Samantha interned with the Northwest Physicians Network in Puget Sound, and is now, in addition to her classwork, consulting with the NW Providence Medical Group in its Quality High Reliability department.
“CAHME is grateful to the Dawn Gideon Foundation for its support in helping to recognize future leaders in healthcare,” Dr. Stanowski said.
(published October 6, 2017)
( original publish date 10/6/2017 | last revised 1/21/2021 )