Roundtable Participants Share Best Practices for HIM Advocacy
By Lesley Kadlec, MA, RHIA, CHDA
As the saying goes, there’s no point in reinventing the
wheel—which is one reason a diverse group of current and
future advocacy volunteers gathered to share their strategies at an exclusive advocacy roundtable event at AHIMA19:
Health Data and Information Conference.
AHIMA often shares its advocacy initiatives with members, but at the advocacy roundtable these roles were
flipped. Attendees were invited to share their ideas and
unique approaches with AHIMA staff in an effort to involve
more health information management (HIM) professionals in
a wide variety of state and national advocacy efforts.
According to roundtable attendees, advocating for the
HIM profession has resulted in an increase in their self-confidence and enabled them to perform their jobs more successfully.
Additionally, many reported that they have become trusted partners with their elected officials.
The following are some of the resourceful, easy, creative,
and inventive ways that attendees have found success in
advocating on behalf of AHIMA and their state associations:
Utilize social media for advocacy initiatives. It only takes
a few seconds to post an article to LinkedIn, put a message on Facebook, or compose a tweet on Twitter. Did
you know that you can contact your elected officials on
social media? Check out their websites and follow them
on Twitter or Facebook.
Inquire about AHIMA or component state association
(CSA) advocacy partnerships, such as shared state Hill
Day activities with state hospital associations. Members
also can follow advocacy activities of other associations
and organizations—such as their state medical society—and can champion HIM initiatives together.
Invite an elected official to speak at a local or state meeting or set up a time for them to visit your organization so
they can learn more about health information management and HIM professionals’ roles and responsibilities.
Send out thank-you notes to elected officials who have
voted in favor of an HIM advocacy regulation or policy.
If your elected official voted no on an issue important
to HIM, reach out and ask them about the rationale for
their vote. Let your voice be heard!
Find ways to build strong relationships with elected officials. Attend AHIMA’s Advocacy Summit events and
share information about HIM.
Take advantage of the opportunity to attend advocacy
sessions at CSA meetings and volunteer to speak on
This is an excerpt from “Under the Dome,” an online column from AHIMA’s Policy and Government Affairs team
published by Journal of AHIMA . Read the full article and get
more legislative insights at journal.ahima.org. ¢