Mr. Soumitra Bhuyan, a doctoral student in the department of health services research and administration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health received the 2013 “Rising Star” award from the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association. This award recognizes outstanding potential in the field of health administration and public health practice. Mr. Soumitra accepted the award during the 141st American Public Health Annual Meeting in Boston.
"It is a wonderful recognition, and I want to thank Dr. Li Wu Chen and Dr. Jim Stimpson for their help and support," Mr. Bhuyan said. "Nebraska is a wonderful place to learn and practice public health. I am so grateful to the college leadership for providing the students with excellent resources for professional development. This award has another symbolic meaning for us. Although the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is relatively new, we all know that Nebraska is a fast-growing, ‘rising star’ in the world of public health.”
Mr. Bhuyan also received the best student paper award from the Medical Care Section for his paper entitled, “Rural-Urban Difference in Acute Myocardial Infarction Mortality: Evidence from Nebraska,” supervised by Dr. Ge Lin, associate professor in the department of health services research and administration. His other paper titled, “Factors associated with the provision of cultural sensitivity training in hospice agencies: Evidence from national home health and hospice survey” was nominated for the Retirement Research Foundation Doctoral Student Research Award from the Aging and Public Health Section.
Mr. Bhuyan is a graduate research assistant in the College of Public Health, for the health professions tracking service under the direction of Ms. Marlene Deras, and for the Center for Health Policy under the direction of Dr. Jim Stimpson, associate professor in the department of health services research and administration.
[Photo: Mr. Soumitra Bhuyan]