2013 MHSA Alumni Association Annual Luncheon

Governor Beebe at MHSA Luncheon

Governor Beebe at MHSA Luncheon

The 2013 MHSA Alumni Association Annual Luncheon was held in the I. Dodd Wilson Building on January 18. Chancellor Rahn welcomed the 60 attendees who included alumni of the MHSA Program, current students, and faculty.  Among those attending was Stansel Harvey, the first graduate of the MHSA Program in 1981, which was then located at UALR.

Governor Mike Beebe was the keynote speaker.   Following an introduction by Chancellor Rahn, Governor Beebe spoke to the group about the impact of Medicaid expansion under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.    He stressed the importance of the decision to expand Arkansas Medicaid and the potential benefits of keeping small hospitals operational throughout the state and reduction of uncompensated care at larger facilities like UAMS.

The MHSA Program was founded in 1980 at UALR.  In 2005 the program was transferred to the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.  Since the Alumni group is now comprised of both UALR and UAMS graduates, Dr. Raczynski presented information to the group on how to stay connected through the MHSA Alumni Association via the UAMS Foundation.

For more information about the Master of Health Services Administration graduate program at UAMS go to or contact Richard Ault at or 501-526-6652.