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Student Benefits for Higher Education Network (HEN) Schools

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of 78 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level.

ACHE is committed to supporting healthcare management programs that nurture and teach the future leaders of our profession. To assist your work as mentors of the next generations of healthcare managers, ACHE helps to provide support for student organizations through the ACHE Higher Education Network.

The following schools participate in the HEN as part of the Massachusetts Chapter:
Bay Path University
Boston College
Boston University School of Public Health
Boston University Questrom School of Business
Brandeis University
Framingham State University
New England College of Business
Northeastern University
Simmons University
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Worcester State University


Student Associate
Students must be enrolled in a health services administration or related administrative program. They can find answers to their most pressing career questions—and gain a competitive edge—through ACHE's countless resources. Annual dues are $75.


David Kinzer Scholarship
Two $1,500 awards are given yearly at the ACHE of Massachusetts Spring Conference.

The Regent reaches out to the HEN Program Directors two months prior to the Spring Conference. Each HEN Program Director can nominate their most qualified and deserving student by providing a letter of recommendation along with the student’s resume that identifies evidence of meeting the eligibility criteria.

A subcommittee of the Chapter Board will review nominations and select two finalists. The Regent notifies the HEN Program Directors of the award winners and invites the award winners to the Spring Conference gratis.

All HEN Directors are invited to attend the Spring Conference gratis. The ACHE of MA Administrator reaches out to them as soon as promotion of the conference takes place.


  • A student associate of the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • Enrolled in one of the MA Higher Education Network member graduate programs, in their final year of study

Candidates must also:

  • Demonstrate leadership ability
  • Demonstrate participation in health association activities
  • Demonstrate participation in civic/community activities and projects

ACHE Congress Scholarship

In order to encourage Massachusetts healthcare management graduate students’ early engagement in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and its local Massachusetts chapter, ACHE of Massachusetts offers each participating Higher Education Network graduate program in Massachusetts with the opportunity for their ACHE student members to apply for a scholarship to attend the ACHE Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership in March with some support for airfare, hotel and travel expenses.

Student Board Representatives

The Student Representative is a non-voting Board position representing the interests and views of local college and university students enrolled in one of the 12 accredited programs that make up the ACHE of MA HEN. There may be more than one Student Representative but only one for any single institution. (A total of up to 4 Student Associates or Faculty Associations can be on the board at one time.) The Student Representative is a graduate student enrolled in either a part-time or full-time healthcare administration program. The Student Representative has an interest in health care administration and demonstrates potential to be a leader in this industry.  

Each Student Board Rep is eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards attending ACHE Congress during his/her term.


  • Support Chapter and board members as appropriate.
  • Provide student perspective on Chapter matters and current and pertinent issues facing the health care industry.
  • Assist with recruitment of new student members.
  • Encourage student members to attend Chapter events.
  • Help at the registration desk for the spring and fall conferences.
  • Collaborate with the Chapter Regent to disseminate and share the value of ACHE membership, networking opportunities, mentoring programs and other such offerings.


  • Must be a current ACHE Student Associate in good standing.
  • Must be a Student Member with a college or university that is part of the ACHE Higher Education Network in Massachusetts.
  • Must have previous experience in a leadership role.
  • Dedication to the Chapter.
  • Must possess good communication, leadership, and organizational skills.

Term of Office: 1 year

Mentorship Program

The ACHE of MA Mentorship Program is designed to support the development of future healthcare leaders and make a lasting contribution to the healthcare field.

The goal of the Mentorship Program is to provide interested ACHE of MA members with opportunities to learn and grow through partnerships with other local healthcare professionals. Through the program, professional development will be fostered, knowledge of industry issues will be enhanced, and the value of and participation in the American College of Healthcare Executives will be promoted.

The mentorship program runs October – April. Registration takes place in August - September.

Discounted Registrations Fees for the Massachusetts Chapter Events

Sample Yearly Educational Program Schedule

Spring and Fall Conference – Keynote speakers and panelists. Students can attend for only $35.

Breakfast with Healthcare Champions – A one hour presentation by a CEO discussing the brief history of the organization; the type of organization it is and its service area; and, what have been the reasons for its success. The speaker also discusses their leadership style, skills and attributes and how they have been successful.

ECN Panel Series – A panel of speakers that discuss various topics.

ECN Community Engagement – Opportunity to volunteer at The Greater Boston Food Bank

ECN Networking Event – Network with others in the healthcare space

Western MA Events – Events in the Western/Central MA area

Faculty Representative for the Higher Education Network
Chris Louis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Massachusetts Chapter Regent
Karen Moore, RN, MS, FACHE, Senior Vice President Operations/CNO, Lawrence General Hospital
978-683-4000 ext 2040,

ACHE of MA Chapter Administrator
Donna Powell, 978-692-3548,