James Q Cannon Memorial Scholarship

AHQA is pleased to announce the creation of the James Q. Cannon Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is a first of it’s kind of award whose purpose is to help early career professionals working in the health quality improvement field attend the annual AHQA Quality Summit. Recognizing that professional relationships and peer learning are critical to success, AHQA is seeking to assist the next generation of emerging professionals in building those relationships and further that learning. The scholarship will cover housing, registration, and travel (ground and air) to and from the conference. 

Application process for the 2018 James Q. Cannon Memorial Scholarship has now been closed. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be an early career professional (5 years or less) who is working on any QIO project (eg. QIN, HIIN, SURS, ESRD Network etc) or have a  maximum of 8 year cumulative experience in healthcare. 
  2. They must be a staff member or contractor of any current AHQA member or member organization.
  3. Must complete an online application.
    1. Complete with a 500 word statement of interest in why they want to attend, what they hope to learn at the Quality Summit, and how it will improve their current work.
Recipients of the James Q. Cannon Memorial Scholarship will be required to: 
  1. Attend the 2018 AHQA Quality Summit
  2. Attend at least three sessions at the Quality Summit
  3. Compose a blog post, article, video, or any method agreeable to AHQA that describes their experiences at the AHQA Quality Summit and how it impacted their work. 

Click here to apply online. 

Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on February 7, 2018. 

About James Q. Cannon

James Q. Cannon (1944 - 1999) was a noted leader in setting national health care policy.
Mr. Cannon became president and chief executive officer of HealthInsight in 1985, a leading non-profit organization, which contracts with federal and state governments to help improve the health of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in Utah and Nevada.
He was honored on the Senate floor by Sen. Orrin Hatch for his dedication to "fostering collaboration and continuous learning among health care providers, policy makers, consumers and business leaders. Jamie Cannon's vision and pioneer spirit have assisted in bringing hundreds of people together annually to learn, discuss and implement community-wide health care quality improvement strategies."
Mr. Cannon served as a member of the board of directors of the American Health Quality Association and was chairman of numerous national committees and task forces to improve the quality of clinical medicine.
Mr. Cannon was raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah. He continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a graduate degree in urban planning. He worked for the California Department of Health in Sacramento and later joined the Utah Professional Review Organization, the predecessor to HealthInsight.