|CSS Veteran's Q/A Panelists|
Earlier in the month, the traditional HIM senior students hosted the Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association (NEMHIMA) Region B Meeting. This annual event on campus brings together HIIM professionals from around the area. Participants are able to network and earn CEU’s toward credential maintenance. This year, the educational line-up helped to generate a full house! Topics such as Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), innovation in healthcare strategies, breakthrough technologies from GEOCOM Inc., Bridge to Health Survey Results, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Healthcare rounded out the agenda. One noteworthy theme from this event is the inclusion of the Veteran population. Being November, the month that honors all veterans on Veterans Day, it was very fitting to learn that, for the first time, the Bridge to Health Survey included veteran specific health questions to help identify the unique health needs of this population.
The College is also taking steps to focus on the unique needs of the Veteran population. The CSS Nursing Department received an INVITE grant to both assist veteran students achieve their desire to become baccalaureate prepared nurses, and to support college-wide faculty and staff in developing opportunities to support veteran at all levels and in all programs. The grant has also allowed CSS to offer of a new interdisciplinary course: Interprofessional Veterans Health. This course has been developed to help break down the silos of healthcare specialties so students can learn together on how to best care for the Veteran population, as the students begin to transition to the workforce. Several School of Health Sciences programs joined the collaboration with Nursing, including HIM! The traditional senior HIM students had the opportunity to collaborate with both faculty and students from these programs to begin the process of identifying obstacles and areas of common ground in order to become more efficient and effective in understanding the needs and providing the best patient centered care for this population.
In collaboration with the course, the HIIM Department hosted a very unique Veterans Q/A Panel. The panel participants (Elizabeth Palkie, Dean Mooney, Jon Brown) were veterans with unique experiences and talents. Each provided insight into their experiences, values, and knowledge of the veteran population. One of the panelists, Jon Brown, provided an overview of the VA System to help students understand how they can help support veterans in the healthcare industry even if do not work directly for the VA. We were very grateful for the time and effort the panelists put into the event and we are very thankful for their service.
Hoping everyone had a hearty and relaxing Thanksgiving!
Brooke Palkie, RHIA, EDD
Associate Professor, HIIM Department – The College of St. Scholastica