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Nonica Santiago Wins National Student Triumph Award

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By Marisa Ramiccio

And the winner is…Nonica Santiago!

The American Health Information Management Association has selected Santiago, a recent graduate of the health informatics and information management program, as the 2015 winner of its Student Triumph Award. This national award is bestowed upon promising individuals who are recognized as the best up-and-coming talent in the field of health information management. 

To be eligible for the student award, nominees must have a student membership to AHIMA at the time of their nomination, maintain a GPA of at least 3.5, demonstrate leadership and commitment to the field of HIM, and be trained in a program that is approved by AHIMA or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management.

During her time as a student, Santiago served as the secretary for the Student Health Information Management Association as well as a volunteer student liaison for the Florida Health Information Management Association. She was also a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota National Honor Society and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Additionally, she interned at the Orlando VA Medical Center under the associate chief of staff for education.

Santiago was nominated for the Student Triumph Award by HIIM program director Alice Noblin, Ph.D., who cited her leadership skills, her advocacy efforts, and her ability to work well with a variety of individuals as reasons why Santiago was an award-winning student.

"I believe Nonica is a wonderful representative of the UCF HIIM program and FHIMA, and deserves the recognition that the AHIMA Triumph award represents," Noblin wrote in her nomination letter. "She is truly a role model for all students to follow and her future in the HIM profession is boundless."

Santiago will receive the award during AHIMA's Annual Convention and Exhibits, which will take place on Sept. 28 in New Orleans. But Santiago isn't the only alumna from the Department of Health Management and Informatics to win this award - Kaley Schnitker was honored with this distinction in 2014.

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