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AHIMA Presents 2023 Triumph Awards

Honors members with outstanding accomplishments in health information

CHICAGO – October 4, 2023 – The American Health Information Management Association® (AHIMA) will recognize recipients of the association’s 2023 Triumph Awards in Baltimore, MD, on October 9. AHIMA presents this honor to members who have demonstrated excellence in their dedication and service in healthcare and to the health information (HI) profession. 

“Congratulations to all the 2023 Triumph Award winners,” said Sarah Branish, RHIA, AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee chair. “We are honored to recognize their outstanding accomplishments, exemplary service, and dedication to the health information field.” 

Advocacy Award 

Rita Bowen has served on The Sequoia Project Board of Directors and is an active AHIMA member presently serving on our Privacy and Security Counsel. 

Distinguished Member Award 

Claire Dixon-Lee, PhD, RHIA, CPH, FAHIMA, received the AHIMA Triumph Distinguished Member Award, the Association’s highest honor, for her outstanding achievements in the HI field and many years of voluntary leadership at AHIMA. 

Educator Award 

Pam Oachs, MA, RHIA, CHDA, FAHIMA, is a full-time faculty member and program director of the undergraduate Health Informatics and Information Management Program at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. 

Emerging Leader Award  

Heather Hunn, RHIA,leads the Federal Aviation Administration’s Autopsy Program Team in Oklahoma City, OK. 

Influencer Award  

Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, CDIP, and Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS, CRC, received the Influencer Award for their commitment and contributions to the HI profession. 

Innovation Award 

Debi Primeau, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, is the founder and CEO of Primeau Consulting Group, where she has led the consulting practice since 2011.  

Leadership Award 

Jessica Johnson, RHIA, is a strategic leader, advisor, and owner of J2 Integrity Solutions LLC. 

Mentor Award 

Megan (Munns) Pruente, RHIA, MPH, is the director of professional services at Harris Data Integrity Solutions (formerly Just Associates Inc.)  

Student Award 

Katia V. López Martinez, MS-HIM, RN-BSN, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, completed a BS in nursing at the International University, Metropolitan Campus. She is pursuing a master’s in HI management at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. 



AHIMA is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals with more than 67,000 members and more than 100,000 credentials in the field. The AHIMA mission of empowering people to impact health® drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients and providers. Our leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide.


Erin Wendel-Ritter 


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