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Oct. 5 , 2005
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EMU graduate receives Henry Ford Fellowship

YPSILANTI - On the way to achieving her dream of helping to develop a national health care policy, Clarissa Russell is stopping at Henry Ford Hospital for a one-year fellowship. Russell is the first Eastern Michigan University graduate-and only one of three persons nationwide-to receive a Henry Ford Health System Fellowship for 2005-06.

The fellowship program provides an opportunity for individuals with a master’s degree to work in areas of administrative specialization with Henry Ford senior leaders.

“As a nationally recognized leader in health care, our administrative fellowship is a highly- sought-after appointment, and Clarissa’s academic preparedness and focus on serving the health care community was clearly evident in the competitive selection process,” said John Hayden, chief learning officer and program director of the Henry Ford Health System Administrative Fellowship Program.

“This is the best place to be. No doors are closed to me,” said Russell, of Southfield, who received a bachelor’s degree in communication from EMU in 2000 and a master’s degree in public health from Florida A & M University.  “I meet monthly with the CEO of Henry Ford Hospital for an update and overview of operations.  I’m able to ask questions specific to my career and am getting exposure to everything that’s health care related.”

During her fellowship, which runs through June 2006, Russell will write a budget for one of Henry Ford’s hospitals, work on projects involving comfort (palliative/hospice) care, analyze specific market expansions and streamline organization policy and procedure practices.

“My ultimate goal is to work on a national health care policy,” added Russell, who said Baby Boomers, as they become older, will expand the need for many types of health care.

            Last year, Henry Ford Health System received 60 applications for fellowships that include placement in Henry Ford Hospital, the Henry Ford Medical Group or the Health Alliance Plan.

Past fellowship recipients include graduates from Harvard, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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