mechel mckinneyAug. 11, 2022–Mechel McKinney, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Missouri Western State University, has been elected to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Council for Excellence in Education. 

The Council for Excellence in Education was created to enhance the health information profession, plan for its future through education and provide health information professionals with a way to get involved in the process. The CEE advises AHIMA on education and workforce matters and their collective expertise strengthens the organization’s vision, mission and strategies set by the AHIMA Board of Directors. 

McKinney earned an Associate of Science from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration from the American Public University System. She is a Registered Health Information Professional (RHIA) and has been at Missouri Western since August 2019.

Missouri Western offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, preparing graduates to take the RHIA exam.

Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit