The New Year 2018, has begun. We hope your holidays were memorable and relaxing. As the New Year unfolds, take some dedicated time to get out in the fresh air, walk, meditate, and consider your future. Make some notes after your brainstorming and taking stock of your life. Having a plan with specific goals is essential to achieving our dreams for ourselves in the workplace as well as our chosen social and spiritual realms.
GHIMA has plans and goals called Strategic Plans. We are working on achieving these goals that we set last summer as a Board and review them regularly at our quarterly GHIMA Board meetings. We look at our strengths and what we are successful at. We also review areas where we need improvement and seek for ways to tweak the plan if there were unforeseen changes in various circumstances for which we need to adapt. Our Strategic Plans include Informatics/Analytics, Information Governance, Consumer Engagement, HIM Pathways, and Regions. We are excited to see work being accomplished and steps taken toward meeting goals in many of these areas. We are planning ways to continue to improve in those areas that need more attention.
February 18th brings the AAHIM/GHIMA Leadership Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. If you are interested in expanding your leadership role and skills within your organization, this is the meeting for you! Please see the GHIMA website or the GHIMA eblasts that regularly come to your email for information on registration and the agenda for the day.
March brings the AHIMA Advocacy Summit and Hill Day and all that is involved in approaching our national government representatives and senators, sharing who HIM is in the context of legislative goals and needs. AHIMA trains the CSA representatives for a day, and then we have the opportunity to meet and discuss important topics with our personal legislators. Karen Searcy, GHIMA President-Elect, Tyler Schumann, GHIMA Advocacy Chair, and I will be proudly representing you in D.C. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments relating to this opportunity which will be held on March 19 and 20, 2018.
We are excited to open the “floor” for nominations for the various GHIMA Officers, and for Award recipients. Please feel free to nominate others or yourself for the Officers and those you wish to recognize for GHIMA Awards. We look to our memberships’ help in these areas and for the future growth and strength of GHIMA. Recent eblasts in your email or checking the GHIMA.org website will help you respond to this request for input from you, our members.
After the nominations have been considered and the ballot has been completed, the GHIMA election will be open for online voting from April 2 – 13, 2018. Please submit your nominations ASAP for Annette Baker, Nominating Committee Chair, and Karen Searcy, Awards Committee Chair to be able to process your input.
Are you interested in serving at the State level of the HIM profession? As you make your plans for the year, be sure to include this goal and nominate yourself. You can find requirements for each position on ghima.org. We welcome your input in every area and invite your participation in this needed expansion of GHIMA volunteerism.
We thank you for the privilege of serving the great State of Georgia and our health information professionals. Feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments or ideas.
Yours for a growing and leading GHIMA,
Jan House, MS, RHIA (retired), GHIMA President