By Cathleen Daly
Communications Major, Honors College
Starting a club on campus is no small feat: It takes a significant amount of time to plan, advertise and maintain a club. GCU Honors College student Genesis Cortez, a healthcare administration major and Spanish minor, was determined to make her dream of a healthcare administration club a reality.
Cortez, who was raised in Yuma County, Arizona, had experience working as an intern at a healthcare facility where she lives. Through this opportunity, she had the chance to job shadow the CEO and the office manager, where she learned skills that she was able to take into her management and leading of her new club. After she graduates, she plans on going back to Yuma to work for a nonprofit organization or healthcare facility.
What is Healthcare Administration?
“It is essentially the business side of healthcare,” Cortez explained. “You learn how to understand the legislation, policies and standards of healthcare. You learn the skills you need to be able to manage hospitals and healthcare facilities.”
Cortez had the idea to start the club, but at first, she was intimidated by the task. Then she saw “Start a Club” signs around campus and spoke with a professor about it. She asked her whole healthcare class if they would be interested in having a club that catered to their major. After they showed excitement, she decided to just go for it. She is now the proud president of the Future Health Care Administrators at Grand Canyon University.
What does FHCA do?
The club offers networking opportunities for students and hosts exclusive guest speakers from the healthcare administration world, such as Rhonda Anderson, ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). Additionally, club members can expect student panels from the program who will share their experiences, volunteer opportunities, capstone program guidance, mentorships, study sessions and much more!
The club has already proven successful. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions chose the FHCA to be their primary learning community. This is essentially the club that the college will work directly with. She expressed that she was honored to be chosen, especially considering it was a new club. With this honor, she will have the opportunity to present the club at a luncheon to the deans of the different medical-based colleges.
Cortez expressed how this whole process has been a learning experience. She learned a lot about networking, the importance of planning in advance as a leader and how to prepare for hosting guest speakers. She learned how to form the team that makes up the now FHCA leadership: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, PR officer, underclassmen liaison and the club advisor/professor.
Why Join FHCA?
“It’s an awesome opportunity. It’s going to help you professionally and at the same you get to enjoy yourself. Network with people in the same major. Sometimes when you are in a classroom, you only get to know the person sitting next to you or in your CLC group, but you don’t really get to know the other people in your class. For me, I only know one or two people in each class. But through the club, I actually get to know who the rest of the people are. Later on in life, I can contact them and see where they are.”
Learn more about the diverse clubs on GCU’s main campus by visiting our website or contacting us today using the Request More Information button at the top of the page. For current students, get involved by emailing FHCAOfficer@gmail.com.