By Kristie Hamon

Elizabeth Horn, 20,  pre-med biology and health administration major from Berea, was one of five students nationally to receive the Student Triumph Award from The American Health Information Management Association.

The association, which is a national professional organization for people in the health information management fields, gave a total of 18 awards at its conference in Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend. Only five awards were given to students.

Horn said she applied to be on the student advisory council for the association in May because of a recommendation from one of her professors, and was later selected to be on the council out of 70 applicants nationally.

“I am the only one from Kentucky and the southeastern region,” Horn said, who is now one of five students to serve on the council. “It really puts our program at EKU on the map.”

Horn said the five students who received the award last weekend were the first students to ever receive the award, and from now on, only one student will receive it.

She said the award is given to students who are promoting the advancement of the health information management sector.

At the convention Horn said she gave a presentation to the attending students about building bridges for the health information management sector.

Horn added that she worked on the student advisory council all summer on different projects for the association and found out she had received the award in August.

“This is like the first time a student really from Eastern has ever been recognized in this field,” Horn said.

She said the convention was a great opportunity to make important connections, and added that she was able to land an internship at one of the largest hospitals in Dallas, Texas.

“It was a great networking opportunity, and it will make it better for our program to promote itself and really expand at our university and draw more students in,” Horn said.

Horn said there were about 1,500 professionals there from across the nation at the convention.

Along with The American Health Information Management Association, Horn is appropriations chair of Eastern’s Student Government Association and vice president of administration for her sorority Alpha Omicron Pi.