Getting involved in your professional association offers benefits for both you and for the profession. Here’s what you will both gain.
For the profession:
AHIMA volunteers and their accomplishments are recognized throughout the year, including articles in newsletters, through Engage, and a volunteer reception and ribbon at the AHIMA annual convention.
To allow as many interested volunteers to serve as possible, members are limited to one AHIMA volunteer opportunity at a time.
Learn more about the AHIMA elected and appointed volunteer positions by selecting the tabs above.
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
Also visit the Engage Volunteer Center
Our volunteer competencies self-assessment will help you get familiar with the ideal set of skills for volunteer leaders in several key areas, and help you track your progress toward acquiring and strengthening those skills.
Volunteer Competencies (printable self-scoring PDF version)
Volunteer Competencies (online automatic scoring version)
Applications for appointed positions on committees, practice councils, task forces, and ad hoc volunteer groups open in the summer and are selected by AHIMA leadership in the fall of the calendar year prior to the next term. Committee, council, and task force appointments exist for at least one year. Ad hoc groups are formed with shorter time commitments throughout the year.
Click here to apply for appointed volunteer opportunities. Before you apply, assess your leadership skills and abilities with the AHIMA Volunteer Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment tool.
For additional information on AHIMA’s appointed positions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Elected positions are leadership roles on the AHIMA Board of Directors, the House of Delegates, the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM), and the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE). The application to serve is due March 31. The election takes place in August, and the winners will take office on January 1. The AHIMA Election timeline can be found here.
The positions to be filled are:
The elected officials will assume office on January 1 of each year.
**Please note, individuals currently serving their CSA as an officer or in the House of Delegates or serving on a national volunteer groups are required to resign from the position if elected.
Review the descriptions of AHIMA’s elected leadership positions below. Before you apply, assess the level of your leadership skills and abilities with the AHIMA Volunteer Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment tool (printable self-scoring PDF version) or (online automatic scoring version)
President/Chair-elect: 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.
Directors: The Directors serve as voting members of the Board of Directors as well as voting members of the House of Delegates. The Board of Directors governs the association, sets strategy, budget, and maintains 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 HIM profession.
CCHIIM Commissioners: The Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) commissioners serve the public by establishing, implementing, and enforcing standards and procedures for certification and recertification of HIIM professionals. They provide strategic oversight of AHIMA certification programs, and are empowered with the sole and independent authority in all matters pertaining to both the initial certification and certification maintenance of HIIM professionals.
Speaker-elect of the House of Delegates: The Speaker-elect supports the House of Delegates (HoD) along with the Speaker and exercise other duties as delegated by the HoD.
CEE Council Member: CEE Council members set education strategy for the profession, guiding the academic community through improvements to the education, coursework, and curricula for associate, baccalaureate, and graduate programs in HIM and related areas.
The positions above also serve as liaisons to the CEE and affiliated organizations.
Click here to apply for elected positions
For additional information on AHIMA’s elected positions, contact email@example.com
This tool outlines the core competencies needed for AHIMA volunteer leadership positions and specifies additional competencies for leadership roles. It is a useful tool for professional development and when considering your qualifications for leadership positions and for tracking your professional development.
Self-assess your competency by rating your experience according to the following scale. Examples of experience may include executive/governance level experience, such as CSA or other non- profit, for-profit, or work setting, or personal experience.