Christine Staropoli of Perkasie Receives Professional Award

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GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA (11/10/2010)(readMedia)-- Christine Staropoli, MS, RHIA, CCS, of Perkasie, Pa., received the 2010 Community Outreach Award from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

The Community Outreach Award recognizes Health Information Management (HIM) professionals who exemplify leadership in promoting consumer health awareness and advocacy through dedicated volunteer service, innovative outreach and a spirit of collaboration and teamwork.

Staropoli is an assistant professor and the program director for Gwynedd-Mercy College's HIM program. She promotes the personal health information campaign, volunteering at career fairs and orchestrating other activities.

Staropoli's dedication to both her profession and the education of HIM is exhibited through the impact she has in her community. For two years, she attended the annual state meeting for the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. While there, she represented the Pennsylvania branch of AHIMA to educate the school counselors about HIT/HIM careers and its opportunities.

The award was presented to Staropoli during a ceremony in Orlando, Florida, this fall. Organizations or individuals who are interested in scheduling a presentation about the personal health record may contact Staropoli at 215-646-7300, ext. 660 or

In U.S.News & World Report's 2011 edition of "Best Colleges," Gwynedd-Mercy College ranked in the first tier of its category, which is largely attributed to its high graduation and retention rates. The college prepares students to become top professionals in the fields of allied health professions, arts and sciences, business, education and nursing. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1948, Gwynedd-Mercy College is a coeducational institution offering more than 40 associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs on a full- and part-time basis. Main campus is situated on Sumneytown Pike between routes 309 and 202 in Gwynedd Valley, Montgomery County. The college also offers degree programs for working adults through its Center for Lifelong Learning campuses in Plymouth Meeting and Philadelphia. Learn more at