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Council Member

Mechel McKinney, MBA, RHIA

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Mechel McKinney, MBA, RHIA, has collectively practiced in the health information field since 1996 with extensive experience in the healthcare continuum from rural critical access hospitals to urban healthcare systems and health information management, higher education with online emphasis. She brings her diverse experience and well-rounded background to the Committee to be the voice for rural communities. Mechel has served as program director of the health information technology (HIT) program and interim director/assistant professor at the Missouri Western State University’s HIM program.

Mechel is a member of the AHIMA Council on Excellence in Education. Her professional affiliations include being President of the NMHIMA in 2007 and 2021, serving on various AHIMA task forces and committees, being a peer reviewer for the AHIMA Perspectives in Health Information Management publication, and serving on a community college distance learning advisory committee. Certifications include the RHIA and Quality Matters Peer/Course Reviewer. Mechel believes in lifelong learning and personal development; her next goal in progress is the completion of a certificate program in data analytics. She holds a master’s degree from American Public University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and a health information technology associate degree from the University of New Mexico. Certifications include the RHIA, project management essentials, and Quality Matters Peer/Course Reviewer.

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