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Berkeley College LaToya Trowers-Bell

Health Services Club Helps Students Make Professional Connections



Berkeley College LaToya Trowers-Bell


When Berkeley College Professor LaToya Trowers-Bell launched the Health Services Club in Brooklyn, students jumped at the opportunity to join. The club provides Berkeley College students enrolled in the Health Services program an opportunity to network with healthcare professionals, participate in educational field trips, and volunteer in the community.

“I recently took club members to visit North Shore University Hospital where they were given a tour of the facility by a hospital administrator,” said Ms. Trowers-Bell, who teaches in the Health Services Department, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. “This type of trip provides students with exposure to professionals within their field and can help open doors when applying for internships or jobs.”

Professionals in the industry also visit the College to speak with club members on a variety of healthcare topics, including the benefits of joining organizations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The ACHE is a nonprofit professional society of healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. In addition, Berkeley College students in Brooklyn can join the IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) Student Chapter. The mission of the institute is to improve health and healthcare worldwide.

“This is a great resource for our students. Those who join the IHI Chapter can access free online courses, participate in conferences, network and engage with faculty from other institutions, and submit scholarly work for possible publication,” said Ms. Trowers-Bell, a longtime member of the ACHE.

Health Services Club member Jasmine Roberts appreciated the opportunity to connect with Michael McDonough, Berkeley College Chair, Health Services Administration, who also is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in New Jersey.

“I would love to open a nursing home in the future, and was pleased that Mr. McDonough was able to answer my questions about residential living and long-term care,” said Ms. Roberts, who is on track to graduate in spring 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management.