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EKU senior one of 6 students nationally chosen for health advisory council

Arikka Standafer
Arikka Standafer

Jackson County High School graduate

RICHMOND, Ky. (June 21, 2017) — Eastern Kentucky University senior Arikka Standafer, from Sandgap, is one of only six students selected from across the nation to participate on the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Student Advisory Committee.

In October, she will attend the 2017 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Los Angeles, where she will be responsible for planning the student track and representing student needs to AHIMA leadership.

The nationally prestigious AHIMA appointment is only the most recent in a long line of academic achievements for the 2014 graduate of Jackson County High School. In the past few months alone, she has been named a Kentucky Health Information Management Association (KHIMA) Ambassador; received a KHIMA scholarship; has been selected to attend the LEAD KY “camp,” where college females learn how to be leaders; and received the Outstanding Pre-HSA Student Award for 2016-17. All that is on top of a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Even before she graduates in May 2018, Standafer hopes to obtain her Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential and begin working in health care IT, either at a large healthcare facility or a consulting firm. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in health informatics with the hope of becoming an IT manager and someday the director of a department.