Faculty Profile for Mrs. Melissa E Walston-Sanchez

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Mrs. Melissa E Walston-Sanchez
Senior Lecturer — Dept of Health Informatics and Info Mgmt
SON 204
phone: (512) 716-2847

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Melissa Walston-Sanchez is a senior lecturer for the Texas State University Health Informatics and Information Management Department. She teaches undergraduate classes and is the clinical placement coordinator. She began her career in HIM in 2009 and has been teaching for twelve years at Texas State University. Melissa is a lifetime Bobcat with both her bachelor's and master's degrees coming from Texas State University.

Prior to joining the Texas State faculty Melissa worked as a HIM Supervisor and Outpatient Coder. In 2016 and 2018 Melissa was awarded the Texas State University College of Health Professions Achievement Award in Teaching. Ms. Walston-Sanchez holds certification as a registered health information administrator (RHIA) and has been a volunteer for AHIMA by serving on the CEE Virtual Lab Strategic Advisory Committee and Capital Area TXHIMA. Her research interests are health literacy and health disparities in rural, minority, and socioeconomically challenged communities.

Research Interests

-health disparities in rural, low income and minority populations

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Phi Kappa Phi, Texas State University. March 2017 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award, College of Health Professions. August 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award, College of Health Professions. August 2016

Selected Service Activities

Study Abroad Committee
2022-August 2023
Nontenure Line Faculty Committee
September 2023-Present
Capital Area Texas Health Information Management Association Planning Committee
January 2023-Present
Student Recruiting/Outreach Committee
Student Scholarships, Financial Aid, & Awards Committee