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SLU Health Information Management Program Director Named MoHIMA Educator of the Year

Saint Louis University Health Information Management (HIM) Program Director and Assistant Professor Teresa Neal, MHA, RHIA, was recently announced as the recipient of the Missouri Health Information Management Association (MoHIMA) 2020 Outstanding HIM Educator award. Neal and the recipients of the other 2020 MoHIMA awards were recognized at the virtual MoHIMA 2020 Annual Meeting.

Teresa Neal
SLU Health Information Management Program Director Teresa Neal, MHA, RHIA, was named the 2020 MoHIMA Outstanding HIM Educator.

The MoHIMA Outstanding HIM Educator award is designed to honor those who demonstrate excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for the HIM careers. Candidates needed to have 5+ years of experience in the education field, contribute to the development of the curriculum, participate in HIM education events and be involved in American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) leadership events.

Neal was thrilled to find out she had been awarded this honor from MoHIMA.

“I was honored and humbled to win the award,” Neal said. “Being recognized by MoHIMA inspires me to work even harder and do more with our students.”

SLU’s HIM program resides in the Clinical Health Sciences (CHS). CHS Department Chair Amy Harkins, MBA, Ph.D., was pleased to hear that Neal’s creativity and ingenuity in the classroom were being honored.

“I am incredibly proud that MoHIMA has recognized Teresa Neal for this Outstanding Educator Award in the field of Health Information Management. Teresa is highly creative in her delivery of the materials,” Dr. Harkins said. “As one student said, ‘I liked how she created games and concept maps to further our understanding of the subject’. Her creativity is impressive in designing pedagogy for optimal understanding in courses that could otherwise be dry or boring.”

Dr. Harkins went on to compliment Neal’s hard work in the classroom, especially in this unique school year.

“Teresa has worked long and hard to flip the classroom and make learning fun and interactive even in the current events of distance education. Teresa is highly deserving of this recognition.”

The Missouri Health Information Management Association MoHIMA began in 1952 and has continued to this date as the authority within Missouri on Health Information practices and procedures. MoHIMA is an integral part of AHIMA and supports their strategies to increase the visibility of the profession.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.