HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program
One of HIMSS’ many strengths is connecting HIMSS members with state, regional and national decision-makers on key health IT issues. HIMSS’ Chapter Advocacy program provides an opportunity for DVHIMSS chapter to elect or appoint one or more members to serve in the Chapter Board level position as Chapter Advocate. Chapter Advocates and other volunteers interested in state level advocacy participate collectively in the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR).
What does it mean to be a Chapter Advocate?
To advocate on behalf of your organization and community about issues important to furthering health IT policy and ensure state government officials are aware of your qualification as a health IT subject matter expert.
The conduct of this role will vary among the states based on local membership and volunteer capabilities. The responsibilities of this role should minimally include:
- Act as your Chapter’s connection to state level advocacy
- Create an advocacy action plan specific to your community
- Recruit Chapter volunteers
- Plan a State Health IT/Advocacy Day
- Attend or designate a chapter representative to sit in on monthly calls, quarterly regional calls and advocacy workshops
- Attend or send a chapter representative to the annual HIMSS CAR Offsite Training held during HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington D.C.
Getting Involved with Advocacy:
If you or your organizanization is interested in getting more invlolved with Advocacy at DVHIMSS, please contact Dr. Thompson Boyd, FACHE, FABQUAURP, CHCQM, CPHIMS, CPHM