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Term-Based Volunteer Opportunities (1-3 years)

To view information specifically about elected positions, click here.

 

Practice Councils

Purpose:
Monitor and provide AHIMA with expertise related to clinical documentation integrity (CDI) and clinical foundations. This Practice Council will serve as subject matter experts and participate in evaluating and recommending AHIMA domain-specific educational resources.

Time Requirement:
12 months, January – December 2023

Purpose:

Monitor and provide AHIMA with expertise related to data structure, coding, content, and information governance. This Practice Council will be comprised of subject matter experts that will participate in evaluating, recommending, and potentially lending their expertise in the creation of AHIMA domain-specific educational resources. Council may address:

  • Clinical coding and management and use of coded data
  • Future health information management roles and functions relating to clinical terminologies and classification systems
  • Current and future strategies necessary to address expanded clinical terminology and classification use
  • Development of educational resources to prepare HIM professionals for current and future roles in the use and management of coded data and terminology asset management.
  • Software applications and technology related to health information such as encoders, groupers, computer assisted coding, speech recognition, ROI, EHRs

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Purpose:

Monitor and provide AHIMA with expertise related to healthcare analytics and data use. This Practice Council will serve as subject matter experts and participate in evaluating and recommending AHIMA domain-specific educational resources.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Purpose:

Monitor and provide AHIMA with expertise related to information protection. This Practice Council will serve as subject matter experts and participate in evaluating and recommending AHIMA domain-specific educational resources. Council members will advise on industry’s challenges, trends and best practices on operations as they relate to access, disclosure, archival, privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) to support AHIMA mission to empower people to impact health. This Practice Council will assist AHIMA in developing educational resources to prepare HIM professionals in all areas of information protection.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Purpose:

Monitor and provide AHIMA with expertise related to revenue cycle management. This Practice Council will serve as subject matter experts and participate in evaluating and recommending AHIMA domain-specific educational resources.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Advocacy and Policy Council

Purpose:

The purpose of the Advocacy and Policy Council is to advise AHIMA leadership and the AHIMA Board of Directors on critical areas for AHIMA strategic engagement in advocacy and public policy that align with the AHIMA mission and vision.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Professional Certificate Approval Program (PCAP) Review Team

Purpose:

The PCAP Review Team is composed of individuals who review submitted PCAP applications/self-study documentation and make recommendations to the PCAP Council regarding program approval. The PCAP Council is composed of coding subject matter experts holding a qualifying credential who have previously served as PCAP Reviewer.

Time Requirement:

24 months, January 2023 – December 2024

Annual Conference Program Committee

Purpose:

Construct superior professional development offerings that are market-driven, align with AHIMA strategic initiatives, utilize evolving technology to enhance audience engagement and learning, allowing for this event to launch successful, professional, and lifelong learning journeys.

Time Requirement:

12 months, October 2022 – October 2023

Fellowship Committee

Purpose:

Recognize significant and sustained contribution to advance the profession through meritorious service, excellence in professional practice, and through innovation and knowledge sharing. Secure the application and scoring for candidacy and Fellow status.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Professional Ethics Committee (PEC)

Purpose:

Improve members’ and certificants’ professional position by developing content for education. Protect and maintain high level of ethics for the profession by use of the ethics violation review process. Preserve the relevance and applicability of the Code of Ethics by continued review and revision based on the changing environment. Define member eligibility and accountability.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Communications Advisory Circle

Purpose:

The Communications Advisory Circle provides feedback, advice, and opinions with the AHIMA Strategic Communications team. Their perspective is invaluable as the team works to reach members in new and creative ways. By sharing their thoughts on strategy, messaging, communications channels and more, the Communications Advisory Circle will help AHIMA remain the leading voice in health information.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Emerging Professionals Advisory Council

Purpose:

Advise AHIMA on strategic membership value opportunities for students, new graduates, and emerging professionals.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

Membership Advisory Council

Purpose:

Advise AHIMA on strategic membership value opportunities to promote benefits to existing and prospective members and enhance member engagement.

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023

The Journal of AHIMA Editorial Advisory Council

Purpose:

The Journal of AHIMA is the official publication of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It delivers best practices in health information management and keeps readers current on emerging issues that affect the accuracy, timeliness, privacy, and security of patient health information.
The Journal of AHIMA Editorial Advisory Council is tasked with advising on the direction of the Journal’s content and overall themes. The council’s goals are in line with the AHIMA mission, which includes:
  • Ensuring the quality and integrity of health information that supports accurate and timely decisions about patients’ health and healthcare.
  • Empowering patients and their caregivers the ability to access and share health information with the confidence that it is private and secure no matter where that information lives.
  • Identifying and supporting efforts to address underlying causes in healthcare that keep patients from being at the center of care.

 

Time Requirement:

12 months, January – December 2023, meetings monthly, as needed

Elected Positions

Elected positions are leadership roles on the AHIMA Board of Directors, the Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates, the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), and the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE). Applications for elected positions are due March 31. All required documents must be included. The election takes place in July, and the winners will take office on January 1.

The AHIMA Election timeline can be found here.

The President/Chair leads the board of directors, which governs the association, sets strategy, budget, and maintains fiduciary oversight. The President/Chair serves as an ex-officio member of all volunteer groups.

The Directors serve as voting members of the Board of Directors (BoD) as well as voting members of the House of Delegates. The Board of Directors governs the association, sets strategy, budget, and guides fiduciary oversight. Members of the Board are also called upon to represent the association at meetings and to speak on behalf of AHIMA and the health information profession.

The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) serves the public by establishing, implementing, and enforcing standards and procedures for certification and recertification of health informatics and information management (HIIM) professionals.

CCHIIM is looking for candidates who hold one of the following credentials: CDIP, CHDA, or CHP.

The Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) exists to improve and adapt the education strategy for HI and related professions, focused on future opportunities and challenges. It is responsible for fostering support and adoption of new initiatives and improvements to curriculum, credentials, academic programs, and resources. CEE focuses on the changing needs of the students and working professionals and consider innovative ways of providing world class education in health information.

The Speaker-elect supports the House of Delegates (HoD) and along with the Speaker, leads the House Leadership Team and serves on the Board of Directors as Speaker functioning as the primary liaison between the HoD and BoD. The HoD annually elects a Speaker-elect.

The elected officials will assume office on January 1 of each year. The AHIMA Nominating Committee places a high priority on diversity, seeking candidate diversity at the national level.

For more details on the elected positions, please refer to the Handbook on AHIMA Elected Positions.

Please note, individuals currently serving their CSA as an officer or in the House of Delegates or serving on national volunteer groups are required to resign from the position if elected.

Before applying, applicants should assess the level of their leadership skills and abilities with the AHIMA Volunteer Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment tool (printable self-scoring PDF version). Also, all applicants submitting a nomination for the Board should review the 2023 AHIMA Board of Directors Competencies and determine their qualifications. Applicants submitting a nomination for CEE and CCHIIM should review: the 2023 CCHIIM Competencies and the 2023 CEE Competencies determine their qualifications.

For additional information on AHIMA’s elected positions and how to apply, contact profession.governance@ahima.org.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Enterprise is committed to embracing the diversity of our staff, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders, and supports the need for equity and inclusiveness in our organization, our profession, and in advocating for improved healthcare that is broadly accessible and equitable to all individuals.

AHIMA’s mission is Empowering People to Impact Health. To support this, AHIMA is committed to striving for equity for all patients and members. Equity for our patients means that everyone has access to healthcare without differences in access, treatments, or outcomes for certain populations. AHIMA is working across the healthcare landscape to educate, align, and advocate for purposeful and informed strategies that safeguard privacy, reduce cost, improve quality of care, and foster a patient-centered experience that is broadly accessible and equitable to the communities the health system serves.

At AHIMA a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace is one where all staff, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders feel valued and respected, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, military/veteran status, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability or on any other basis included in applicable state or federal laws.

 

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