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Health Science Studies Students Awarded Idaho Health Information Management Association Credentialing Scholarship

Kayla Rigenhagen (left) and Hailey Poncia (right)
Kayla Rigenhagen (left) and Hailey Poncia (right)

Two Health Science Studies majors, Kayla Rigenhagen and Hailey Poncia, were awarded a credentialing scholarship from the Idaho Health Information Management Association (IdHIMA). The state association provides two to three scholarships per year to students and active members who are interested in sitting for a credentialing exam. The scholarship covers the fee for any American Health Information Management Association exam at the member rate.

Both students are Health Science Studies majors with an emphasis in Health Informatics and Information Management. Both students are interested in pursuing the Certified Coding Associate credential which will distinguish their competence in coding in any setting, a sought-after qualification by many facilities. Poncia will graduate in May 2016 and Rigenhagen will graduate in May 2017. The students will be taking the exam during summer 2016.

IdHIMA provides their members with access to professional education and networking among individuals within the health information management field and similar fields. IdHIMA is governed by a board which is elected by Idaho AHIMA credentialed members