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Published 5/12/2005

Owens Community College Chair Named to National Allied Health Leadership Program

Catherine Ford Owens Community College Chair of the Medical Imaging Technologies, Catherine Ford has been chosen among health care professionals nationwide to participate in the Coalition for Allied Health Leadership (CAHL) program.

The CAHL is comprised of 30 leaders within the allied health care community who are dedicated to exploring national issues affecting the present and future of allied health practice and education. Supported cooperatively through several organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program was created with the overall mission of providing leadership for emerging professionals within allied health. The national leadership organization is being sponsored through the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the Health Professions Network and the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges, among others.

As an organizational member, CAHL participants will have the opportunity to define qualities of leadership and learn about various problem-solving and decision- making skills. In addition, individuals will discuss regulatory and legislative issues facing the allied health field and learn how to work with governmental agencies to advance the profession.

"Selection to the Coalition for Allied Health Leadership program is a privilege and honor," said Ford. "I see my appointment as a unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow health care professionals and work toward enhancing the quality of practice, education and research as it relates to the allied health care community."

Ford has been an employee of the College for 24 years. In her current position as Chair of Medical Imaging Technologies, she responsible for overseeing all administrative facets of the radiography, diagnostic medical sonography and nuclear medicine programs. She previously served as a Teaching Associate in Radiography and a Part-Time Lab and Clinical instructor.

Her professional involvement includes membership with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists. Additionally, Ford currently serves as an Apprentice Site Visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and an Advisory Committee member for the Nuclear Medicine Institute at the University of Findlay.

She earned her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Toledo and an associate degree in radiologic technology from Owens Community College. The Oak Harbor resident is currently pursuing her master's degree in higher education from the University of Toledo.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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