Health Systems Management Student Government and Professional Group

Mission

The mission of the Student Governing and Professional Board (SG&P) is to provide support for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Health Systems Management (HSM) Program at Rush University. The intent of this group is to engage the ideas of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni to plan and create events and programs that will aid HSM students in professional and personal development.

The group is entirely student-run and meets biweekly to discuss current issues facing students within the HSM program. SG&P board members provide representation on HSM departmental committees to contribute student perspectives as well as to report to the SG&P Board. All students enrolled in the Department of Health Systems Management are eligible to apply for the SG&P Board.

The board will meet to develop and plan events for HSM students, review issues facing the various departmental committees, and discuss other items potentially affecting HSM students. Attendance to SG&P meetings is open to all HSM students and faculty who are interested in voicing their opinions and concerns regarding the HSM program and any of its committees or organizations. The board will also embrace applicable professional organizations and student interest areas. Elected members are required to contact the appropriate committee chair(s) for meeting dates, times, and locations.

Those elected to certain positions during their first year will continue their role and train the upcoming first year that holds the same position. This will ensure continuity and experience in their role the following year.

Election Process

Selection of the incoming board will be achieved through a democratic process with the student cohorts and SG&P board each carrying equal weight in the election.

Second-year elections:

  • Individuals wishing to apply to the 2nd year (Alumni Relations Rep) position on the board (excluding President) will be asked to submit a written application, citing his/her interest in why they want to run for the Alumni Relations Representative.

  • Written applications will be distributed to the applicants’ cohort as well as the SG&P board.

  • The student cohort will vote via secret ballot for each position, with each student vote representing one vote.

  • The sitting members of the SG&P board (consisting of outgoing members and Vice President) will then vote via secret ballot, with each member’s vote equal to that of the cohort. This process creates equal weight between the board’s vote and the cohort’s vote.

First-year elections:

  • Students are introduced to the SG&P board and asked to submit a written application during the first week of the fall quarter, citing their top 2 position choices.
  • Written applications will be distributed to the applicants’ cohort as well as the SG&P board members.
  • The student cohort will vote via secret ballot for each position, with each student vote representing one vote.
  • The sitting members of the SG&P board will then vote via secret ballot, with each member’s vote equal to that of the cohort.
  • A composite score will be assigned to each applicant for each position, and those with the highest score are appointed to their respective positions.

Structure

All board positions are expected to attend Student Governing and Professional Board meetings, every other Tuesday at noon.

President: (2nd year)

  • Responsible for conducting the meetings of the Student governing board
  • Responsible for integrating all aspects of the governing board to ensure the incorporation of each board member’s ideas into HSM student activities
  • Responsible for communicating with the HSM Program Director and other faculty pertaining to the areas of:
    • The activities of the student governing board

    • Acting as a liaison by bringing faculty issues to the students

  • Responsible for the management of the SG&P bank account and ensuring the proper use of funds
  • Oversee the mentoring program
  • Plan the first social gathering of the year, a “meet and greet” for incoming first-year students
  • Expected to attend HSM Advisory Council meetings (Contact person: Andy Garman or Tricia Johnson)
  • Expected to attend Student Government Association (SGA) meetings

Vice President: (1st year)

  • The student selected to the Vice President role is expected to agree to a two-year commitment on the SG&P Board, serving as the President in his/her second year o Should the VP be unable to continue in his/her duties during the 2nd year of study, a different first-year representative will be elected by a majority vote conducted by the SG&P Board
  • Provides support for President and other board members
  • Responsible for all of the Presidents duties as well as ensuring that the SG&P is appropriately carrying out its mission
  • Expected to attend COFAD committee meetings
  • Expected to attend SGA meetings along with President
  • Expected to keep a record of meeting proceedings and disseminate Minutes to SG&P within 72 hours of each meeting.
  • Expected to take photos at events along with the Marketing representative.

Marketing Representative: (One 1st Year and one 2nd year)

  • Responsible for helping the head of marketing create the quarterly newsletter that is distributed to all students, faculty and staff o Responsible for assigning, writing, editing and overseeing the Students Speak section of the newsletter
    • Responsible for helping proofread other sections as necessary

  • Responsible for the Student Life article in HSM Newsletter

  • Responsible for attending HSM Marketing committee meetings
  • Expected to take photos at events along with the Vice President

Alumni Relations Representative: (One 1st Year and one 2nd year)

  • Responsible for embracing and fostering network of HSM alumni
  • Responsible for interfacing with HSMAA to maintain communication and organize events pertaining to the HSM program – at least one event per year
  • Responsible for attending HSM Alumni Association meetings (Contact: LaToya Artis (LaToya_Artis@rush.edu), current HSMAA President)

Career Services Representative (One 1st Year and one 2nd year)

  • Expected to attend Career Services committee meetings (Contact: Diane Howard)
  • Must be a member of a professional organization, such as ACHE, CHEF, NAHSE, etc.
  • Representative should be someone who is not already sitting on ACHE Regent Advisory Council
  • Responsible for communicating the efforts of the student board to the committee
  • Responsible for updating the student board about the actions of the career services committee
  • Is encouraged to be the Career Services Committee point person for at least three career service events a year (one per quarter)
  • Responsible for first year talent management and communications regarding career choices

Curriculum Committee Representatives (One 1st Year and one 2nd year)

  • The Curriculum Committee Representative must agree to serve on the Curriculum Committee throughout his/her two-year course of study. During the second year, this individual no longer represents the SG&P board on the Curriculum Committee, and in order to continue in a 2nd-year role on the board, he/she must apply to a 2nd-year position.
  • Responsible for communicating the efforts of the student board to the committee
  • Responsible for updating the board and solicit ideas about changes to curriculum
  • Responsible for attending Curriculum Committee meetings (Contact: Sue Lawler, Acting HSM Program Director)

Community Service Representative (One 1st Year and one 2nd year)

  • Responsible for sending communications to HSM students and faculty about student events via email, mailings, telephone, etc.
  • Responsible for attending monthly steering committee RUCaring meetings (Contact: Sharon Gates)
  • Responsible for distributing and gathering information and feedback from HSM student board and community about RUCaring events, promotions, and planning ideas
  • Responsible for recruiting HSM volunteers for RUCaring events
  • Responsible for developing and executing at least three service events per year
  • Responsible for discovering other community service opportunities for students to partake in outside of Rush.

Fundraising and Social Representative (One 1st Year and one 2nd year)

  •  Responsible for organizing (at least) three fundraising events over the course of the year (1 per quarter)
  • Responsible for fostering a collegial atmosphere between first and second year students
  • Responsible for facilitating additional communication opportunities between HSM students and faculty
  • Responsible for assisting with the needs of the marketing committee and attend meetings as needed
  • Responsible for coordinating with the alumni representative in order to drive alumni participation in social and fundraising events.

Faculty Advisor (Tricia Johnson)

  • Responsible for communicating faculty and staff concerns regarding the students
  • Responsible for helping the student representatives plan and coordinate events when asked
  • Responsible for the bank account along with the president and is responsible for ensuring that funding is being allocated properly

Contact Information

President: Brock Jarnagin
Marketing Representative: Jeremy Marks
Advisor: Tricia Johnson, Director, Health Systems Managemet