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Clare Picked for Student Relations Role at National Association

Brianna Clare, M.H.A. ‘18, has been chosen as the new student liaison for the St. Louis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives, a nonprofit association of black health care executives.

Brianna Clare stands in front of the entrace to Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justicealth and

Brianna Clare, Master of Health Administration student at Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice, took on the role of student liaison for the St. Louis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives in December 2016.

“It’s important to see people who look like me in executive positions, where impactful decisions about the delivery of health care are made. [Health care] is a field in which minorities are not proportionately represented in leadership roles,” says Clare, who aspires to a role in hospital operations management upon graduation.

In her role, Clare will help inform and plan the chapter’s programming by offering suggestions from a student perspective. She will also spearhead the effort to more proactively engage students throughout the region.

The association, which provides networking and professional development opportunities to its more than 1,000 members, is also focused on elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities.

In St. Louis, the chapter’s ten-person board has already proven to be an important support network for her. “It has been amazing to have the opportunity to network with people who are in roles that I aspire to be in,” says Clare, who assumed the liaison role in December 2016.  

As her first initiative, Clare and classmate Kwamane Liddell, J.D./M.H.A. ‘19, planned a three-session case competition preparation seminar for students. The sessions, scheduled for March 2, 23 and April 6, are open to all students in the area and feature speakers from NAHSE and faculty from Saint Louis University’s health management and policy department.

Additionally, Clare is helping to plan NAHSE’s annual fellowship dinner for graduate students at the end of April. Among her personal goals for the position, Clare hopes to increase awareness of the organization and its benefits for current students.

CPHSJ Communications
Published: February 23, 2017

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The Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice is the only academic unit of its kind, studying social, environmental and physical influences that together determine the health and wellbeing of people and communities. 

It also is the only accredited school or college of public health among nearly 250 Catholic institutions of higher education in the United States. Guided by a mission of social justice and focus on finding innovative and collaborative solutions for complex health problems, the College offers nationally recognized programs in public health, social work, health administration, applied behavior analysis, and criminology and criminal justice.