Cheryl Evans, MHRM, RHIA, CCS, was recognized with the prestigious WHIMA Educator Award for 2024, celebrating her outstanding contributions to health information education. The accolade was bestowed upon her during the Award and Recognition luncheon at the WHIMA Annual Conference held in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The WHIMA Educator Award is a testament to Cheryl’s unwavering commitment to preparing the next generation of health information (HI) professionals. The award honors educators who teach in HIM-related programs and who actively engage in WHIMA’s initiatives at both local and state levels.

Cheryl Evans is not just an instructor; she is a catalyst for innovation and inspiration in her field. Her approach to teaching goes beyond traditional methods, encouraging her students to think critically and engage deeply with the complexities of health information technology (HIT). Cheryl is praised for her ability to motivate and empower, fostering an environment where learning is dynamic and relevant to real-world challenges.

“Cheryl Evans is a HIT instructor that thinks outside the box,” remarks one colleague. “She truly motivates her students to be engaged and understand the HIT profession.”

Furthermore, Cheryl embraces educational challenges with enthusiasm, consistently striving to enhance the learning experience for her students. Her recent involvement with WHIMA, including serving on the Nominating Committee, underscores her commitment to advancing HI practices and standards.

Reflecting on Cheryl’s impact, another colleague notes, “She is a good listener, innovative, and demonstrates real-world learning for our HIT students.” Conducting mock interviews is an example of real-world learning. Her insights and contributions are highly valued within the HI community, making her a deserving recipient of the 2024 WHIMA Educator Award.

To Cheryl, we extend our heartfelt congratulations!  Your dedication to teaching and mentoring enriches the educational landscape and shapes the future of health information.

For those who wish to extend their congratulations to Cheryl, she can be contacted at CEvans18@wctc.edu.