Student Healthcare Association (SHA), formerly known as ACHESA, was established as an organized movement within WKU among students who were taking courses in health administration. Although the organization started earlier in the 1970s, a formal recognition was received on January 1, 1988 when the association was officially established as an approved affiliated student chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, in 1988, the student association is dedicatedly working towards helping students to become global leaders in healthcare sectors and creating meaningful healthcare initiatives within the university. The association had the main objective of promoting an environment conducive to educational and ethical development of personal and social skills in a manner that will develop healthcare leadership. This objective has been upheld by the association through community participation and good ambassadorship in every opportunity presented to the students. As a result, the student organization has developed very close relationships with local agencies such as area hospitals and nursing homes and regional collaborators including the Nashville Healthcare Council and ACHE Kentucky Chapter among others. Since 1993, the student organization has been recognizing its leaders and members in different categories of leadership and community participation with awards for academic excellence, service and leadership.
"Our mission is to facilitate substantial connections among students and professionals
and to develop global leaders in all healthcare sectors."
SHA's vision is to connect students with each other and with professionals in order to participate in and create meaningful healthcare initiatives within the university, throughout the community, and throughout the nation.