SILS welcomes April Hutchinson

September 3, 2010

The School of Information and Library Science is pleased to welcome April Hutchinson to the position of health informatics technology coordinator.

In this role, Hutchinson will collaborate with instructors to schedule courses, collect up-to-date syllabi and communicate about course offerings in the health informatics technology (HIT) program. She will provide guidance to prospective and current students interested in pursuing academic tracks in the program, track finances and generate status reports for the program. In addition, she will assist in marketing and communicating information about the HIT program and assist in maintaining the program Web site. Hutchinson will help with development activities aimed specifically toward the health care industry, trust funds and foundations as part of a broader fund-raising effort for the program.

“Health Information Technology is going through revolutionary changes and it is imperative that we begin to focus on this area as a serious academic field,” said Dr. Javed Mostafa, Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor and director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program. “We are fortunate that visionary leaders at UNC have recognized this need and it is through their generous investments that April's position as the HIT academic coordinator has become possible. I know April will be a wonderful addition to our school and to UNC.”

Hutchinson’s most recent professional experience includes coordinating the Duke University Integrative Medicine Education program for faculty and students, as well as assisting with grant activity and special events. Additionally, she managed the inter-institutional registration program at Duke (a collaborative educational exchange between several local universities) and supervised the collection of data for a national longitudinal research study involving American youth and religion. She has worked as an adult literacy and English as a second language tutor, a research assistant and interviewer on various social science and medical studies. She has also served as an academic tutor in a variety of subjects. She received her BA in English from UNC at Chapel Hill. Her interests include education, literature, mythology and art.

Welcome to SILS, April!