Higher Education Network Resource Center

Students - welcome to the HEN informational page! We hope that this content is of use to you as you continue your journey as the future of the healthcare profession. Please contact hen@hlny.org if we can be of assistance

List of HEN Programs (as of Spring 2024)

New York City

  • Columbia University (program lead: Dr. Rebecca Sale)
  • New York University Wagner (program lead: Dr. Carla Sampson)
  • CUNY Baruch College (program lead: Dr. Alex Mills)
  • Fordham University (program lead: Caroline Pogge DrPh)
  • St. John’s University (program lead: Joan Tropnas)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (program lead: Dr. Brian Nickerson)
  • St. Joseph’s College (program lead: Dr. Lauren Pete)
  • SUNY Downstate (program lead: Dr. Robert Karpman)

Long Island

  • Adelphi University (program leads: Dean Elaine Smith and Provost Steven Everett)
  • Hofstra University (program lead: Dr. Edward Coffield)
  • Long Island University – Post (program lead: Dr. Linda Vila)
  • SUNY Stony Brook University (program lead: Dr. Lisa Benz Scott)
  • Molloy College (program lead: Dr. Gioia Bales and Brian O’Neill)

Westchester/Hudson Valley

  • Dominican College
  • Iona University (program lead: Dr. John Meyer)
  • New York Medical College
  • PACE University (program lead: Dr. Denise Tahara)

Interested in joining the ACHE/HLNY Higher Education Network? Please contact HEN@hlny.org or click here for more information.

HLNY Achievement Award of Distinction Scholarship

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship Winners!

Each year, a $1,500 stipend is awarded to one or more graduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence, community service, and a desire to become future healthcare leaders.

Send completed applications along with supporting documentation to HEN@hlny.org

Applicants must be enrolled in schools that have an approved Higher Education Network Agreement with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). At the time of application, the student shall be declared a graduate student in a healthcare course of study (i.e., Public Health, Public Administration or Hospital Administration) and must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Additionally, applicants must submit an essay describing his or her specific career goals and discuss his or her vision of the future. The essay must indicate contributions to the promotion and protection of the health of individuals, families, and communities; and/or demonstrate the ability to transfer theoretical ideas and knowledge into practical application.

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship Winners!

Past Scholarship Winners:

Leonard Achan Sr Health Equity Scholarship

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship Winners!

Each year, a $1,500 stipend is awarded to up to four graduate students with diverse backgrounds exemplifying a commitment to the betterment of the healthcare ecosystem, with the hope of one day “paying it forward”.

Send completed applications along with supporting documentation to HEN@hlny.org

This scholarship, named in memory of Leonard Achan Sr., was founded by a member and former HLNY Award of Distinction Recipient, Leonard Achan Jr, who funded the initial scholarship for 5 years and created an evergreen platform for healthcare leaders and companies to participate to bring awareness to health equity and the need for raising and guiding future leaders committed to changing the healthcare equity landscape in New York.

Most notably, scholarship award recipients will be assigned mentors for their last graduate year through the vast network of HLNY. Mentorship will be curated and introduced with a one hour minimum per month commitment for remote or in-person mentorship and advisement meetings with scholarship recipients for a one (1) year period upon graduation.

Candidates must be scheduled to graduate from any allied health administration degree program e.g. MPH, MPA, MHA, MBA (health concentration) or another accredited administrative degree program in any healthcare arena within the next 2 years, show dedicated Community Service work to underprivileged communities or patient populations in New York with a recommendation/letter of support attesting to this work, and an essay (max 600 words) outlining the candidate’s current or aspiring commitment to the betterment of the healthcare ecosystem.’

Congratulations to our 2024 Scholarship Winners!

Past Scholarship Winners:

Sganga Family Scholarship for Early Careerists

Applications are no longer being accepted

This scholarship supports healthcare professionals who have recently completed a healthcare degree program and are paying off student loans.  The program recognizes student loan debt obligations can be barriers to career progression and professional development.  The Sganga Family Scholarship provides a one-time financial payment of $5,000 for up to three recipients who are:

  • Employed in a professional role in a healthcare organization
  • Early careerists (defined by ACHE as being under 40 years of age)
  • Active member of HLNY/ACHE

HLNY Poster Competition

Each year, the Healthcare Leaders of New York (HLNY) hosts a poster competition for students across our Higher Education Network! This competition helps foster innovative ideas amongst graduate and undergraduate students at schools affiliated with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The application process consists of completing a two-page form, which includes a request for a 350-500 word abstract addressing a topic of the student’s choice. This abstract should be reflective of knowledge, experience, or best practices in the field of healthcare research. Winners of the HLNY Poster Competition will present their posters at the HLNY Mini Congress event in the Fall, and will be honored at the HLNY Gala for their accomplishment.

To be eligible to apply, you must be an active undergraduate or graduate student at an ACHE-contracted Higher Education Network (HEN) school with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Membership in ACHE/HLNY is not required at the time of submission.

Congratulations to our 2024 Poster Competition Winners!

Upcoming Events

Joining HLNY and networking is the link to professional and personal growth. Networking is especially important to finding success in the healthcare industry, as most healthcare jobs are filled through known or referred contacts in the industry. Professional networking can help in the search of new opportunities and in exploring different careers within healthcare, which is why students and early careerists should take advantage of networking. After joining ACHE and attending HLNY events, new relationships are built. Sometimes it only takes meeting the right person at the right time to unlock a new opportunity. Find An Event >

Student and Early Careerist Info Session (Recorded Sept 2020)

We truly believe that ACHE/HLNY Student Associate membership is an eye and door-opening experience. It’s the start of the ACHE path for many of the ACHE Careerists and FACHE fellows.

In this Higher Education Network (HEN) Info Session, we discuss the opportunities associated with ACHE Student membership overall as well as how HLNY helps students locally in the Tristate area.