Michelle Green Receives 2008 FORE Triumph Educator Award

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Michelle Green Michelle Green, MPS, RHIA, CMA(AAMA), CPC, FAHIMA (NY), SUNY (State University of New York) Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physical and Life Sciences Department, Alfred State College, has received the 2008 FORE Triumph Educator Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The Educator Award honors those who demonstrate excellence in preparing the next generation of professionals for their HIM (health information management) careers. To be eligible, qualified individuals or departments of educators must teach in a formal health information administration or health information technology program that grants associate, baccalaureate, or master degrees, and be involved in AHIMA activities at the state or national level.

Criteria for this award include the development and implementation of creative teaching tools and methods, high standards of excellence and high expectations of students, awareness of the instructor's impact as a role model, commitment to student mentoring in the classroom and beyond, and outstanding contributions to the research base of the field. Awards will be presented at the 2008 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit in Seattle, WA.

AHIMA strives to reflect in its membership and leadership the diversity within the United States, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, special needs and other diverse populations. AHIMA encourages the celebration of promotion of diversity through education mentoring, recognition, leadership and other programs.

Green, a member of the Alfred State College faculty since 1984, teaches courses on campus and online in health information technology and coding and reimbursement and serves as academic adviser, and in 1999, began teaching the college's first Internet-based courses.

She attained the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor in 1988, 1993, and 1999, respectively. In 2004, she was honored with the SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor designation. In 2000, Green was honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Green holds a master of professional studies from Alfred University, a bachelor of science from Daemen College, Buffalo, and an associate in applied science from Alfred State College. She is active in the New York Health Information Management Association.

A graduate of Elmira Free Academy, Green resides in Belmont with her husband Michael and son Eric.

Green authored three textbooks for Cengage Delmar Learning, including Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement, Essentials of Health Information Management, and 3-2-1 Code It!

In February 1999, Green was awarded an $18,000 Campus Grant by the Joint Labor Management Committee (United University Professionals and the State University of New York) to create the College's first Internet-based courses.

Green was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for 1997; she was also named to Who's Who among America's Teachers, 1994 and 2000.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 16 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. Alfred State continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students. The College is located in Alfred, NY, a scenic village in Allegany County. It is 15 miles north of the Pennsylvania border, 70 miles south of Rochester, and 90 miles southeast of Buffalo.