PhD student Charles Senteio accepted into prestigious honor society

UMSI PhD student Charles Senteio has been selected for induction into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. 

Inductees into the Bouchet Society exemplify the academic, professional, and personal achievements of Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet, who became the first African American to complete a PhD in the United States when he earned his doctoral degree in physics from Yale in 1876. Members serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in academic circles.

With his induction, Senteio will be joining a national network of scholars who foster an environment of support and set the pace for innovation and merit in American graduate education. Senteio and fellow members of the 2014 class of inductees will be honored at Yale University on March 28-29 with an official induction ceremony, academic conference, awards dinner, and an opportunity for inductees to present their work.

Senteio’s research and professional work have embodied the tenets of the Bouchet Society through his focus on improving health outcomes for vulnerable patients and reducing the cost of care by leveraging health behavior and health informatics. His work with community-based research strategies, including interviewing low-income patients to understand the challenges they face in accessing care and getting information, is helping to develop innovative research around models of care, health informatics, health behavior, and care delivery that can directly impact patient wellness.

More specifically, Senteio’s research with the U-M Community Health Informatics Lab has looked into improving chronic disease care for susceptible and underserved patients and how factors like diet, medication and appointment attendance can impact care. These efforts have built upon his professional ventures in the healthcare field, which include founding his own healthcare consulting company, the Senteio Group, in 2004, and working on various wellness initiatives for underserved populations in the U.S, Central America, and Asia. In 2008, he also created Namamai Services, a Dallas-based health services and consulting firm for home health and hospice services.

An avid volunteer with the Big Brother program since 1994 and a mentor to at-risk youth and ex-offenders, Senteio earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business and is a recipient of the University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship. He was also named Alumnus of the Year for the Ross School of Business Black Business Students’ Association in 2003. 

Senteio is the second UMSI student to receive admission into the Bouchet Society, which has held a chapter at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School since 2008. PhD student Devan Donaldson was the first UMSI student to be honored with induction into the society in 2012.

Posted on Friday, december 20, 2013