National Volunteer Week
During National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, we thank our volunteers for all they do for AHIMA and advancing the HIM profession. This week celebrates and recognizes volunteers across the country who take action. Thank you!
Your Work Matters
In 2018, AHIMA volunteers dedicated over 2,200 hours to developing and strengthening resources for HIM professionals including toolkits, practice briefs, brochures, articles in the Journal of AHIMA and CodeWrite, Webinar presentations and blogs.
In 2019, more than 2,000 AHIMA volunteers are taking on industry topics, such as documentation integrity, clinical documentation improvement, HIPAA modernization, information blocking, patient access and more. Read this most recent article in the April 2019 AHIMA Advantage to see how AHIMA volunteers are contributing to the HIM profession.
Encourage Your Colleagues
Volunteers tell us they value the experience because they get to share their expertise, learn from their peers, and increase their sense of belonging within the profession.
If you are serving on a national AHIMA committee this year, you will also see a Volunteer “digital ribbon” on your Engage profile.
Donate to the AHIMA Foundation in Honor of AHIMA Volunteers
Our volunteers are the hardest working and most talented professionals in healthcare. Help the AHIMA Foundation recognize these volunteers for their important contributions by making an in-honor donation. During National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019), the AHIMA Foundation and AHIMA will recognize all donations on our social media sites, Website and newsletters. Say thank you to those who volunteer their time, knowledge and leadership to the profession: www.ahimafoundation.org/give (Be sure to select the box at the top that says: Make my donation in honor or in memory of those who inspired me as part of Volunteer Week)
Spread the Word
Help spread the word about the great work AHIMA volunteers are doing and how to be part of it. Share your enthusiasm for volunteering and the many reasons why you volunteer with AHIMA on social media, using hashtag #AHIMAVolWeek2019.
Volunteers can work on longer term projects, quick deliverables, year-long elected leadership posts, short-term appointments, and everything in between. Learn more at ahima.org/volunteers. Applications for open positions can be submitted through the Engage Volunteer Center. Appointed positions will be posted on Engage this summer. Assess your leadership skills and abilities with the AHIMA Volunteer Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment tool.
In the meantime, get ready for the AHIMA Election and plan to vote on the volunteer leaders who will lead AHIMA’s future. The AHIMA Election will take place in July.
For those who want to start at the local level, this map provides contact information for AHIMA’s Component State Associations (CSA). Contact your CSA and learn about the many volunteer opportunities they have available.
Again, thank you for leading the profession!