Throughout her 30-year career, Susan Even, MD, has strived to place college students in the center of what she and the Health Center accomplishes every day. Being inducted as an American College Health Association Fellow recognizes Even’s national and state leadership in college health and her accomplishments as a physician.

Susan Even, MDDuring her career, she has provided direct patient care, served as the Health Center executive director and the University of Missouri’s chief health officer and has been actively involved in local, regional, state and national college health organizations. She has provided outstanding service in the critical public health areas of tuberculosis and vaccinology.

“She is the voice of college health regarding all national vaccine guidelines issued by the U.S. government and has a tremendous responsibility in advocating for both college students and health care professional,” says James Turner, MD and ACHA past president. “Her staff members are compassionate providers of health care and education, and embody all the professional attributes expected at a contemporary college health service. Most impressive are their efforts to reach out to and care for diverse and underserved student populations.”

Even has taken special interest in providing care to students who identify as transgender. During the last several years, she heightened her medical skills in hormone therapy to so transgender students seeking this service at Mizzou could receive it. She also provided the guidance to create a supportive and open Health Center for the LGBTQ community. As a campus leader, she worked with University administrators to include transgender health care in the University-sponsored student insurance plan.

She continually works to help the Health Center meet the needs of a growing and changing campus population. Her vision includes moving the Health Center toward a certified patient-centered health care home with integrated medical care, behavioral health services and health promotion and wellness services.

The ACHA Fellows organization was established in 1967 to recognize those members who have given outstanding service to the association, and have demonstrated superior professional stature and performance in the college health field.