Founded in 1946, the House of Delegates is a long-standing, decision-making body of our professional association. Delegates have a critical role in guiding and governing the health information management (HIM) profession. In 2007, the House of Delegates implemented a structure comprised of six standing house teams representing individual facets of health information management. This structure allowed for more tactical work, engagement, and valuable contributions. Team charges were set by the AHIMA Board of Directors and accomplished over time.
In 2012, the HoD implemented a new, forward-thinking approach to the operations and configuration of the House of Delegates. The diagram below illustrates how we are currently organized. This allows for more agility and diverse input for strategic planning to better address and meet the needs of our members, profession, and industry.
Governing the Profession
We gather input from the Envisioning Collaborative consisting of one selected delegate or non-delegate representative per state to help inform the Board in setting strategy. We have a House Leadership Team consisting of one CSA delegate per state, divided into three functional workgroups. Along with subject matter experts from other relevant areas, delegates not on the Leadership Team or Envisioning Collaborative will join Task Forces. As issues come through the House Leadership pipeline and are vetted, delegates will be notified and assembled to address them.
This approach will position the House of Delegates to move more agilely to address the issues facing our profession today, tomorrow, and in the future and will allow the House to make the best use of time and effort for our delegates to govern the profession.
*The number of task forces will evolve as needed.