My name is Christopher Wheat and I am 1st year Director of Education and 2017 Co-Chair for the ILHIMA Annual Meeting. Shanel Woods (1st year Director of Communication and 2017 Co-Chair for the ILHIMA Annual Meeting ) and I would like to thank you for your interest in volunteering for ILHIMA. Our mission as the member organization of health information management professionals of Illinois is to foster the professional development of our members through education and lifelong learning. These commitments promote quality health information for the benefit of the public, health care consumers, providers, and other uses of clinical data. As we are a member run organization, your interest in participating with this effort is a testament to importance of lifelong learning and of our membership to promote the best in health information.
The following are areas that you may volunteer for:
- Education Committee- The Education Committee will assist in planning and selecting topics for the continuing education activities throughout the upcoming board year July 2017 through June 2018. These can be of any of the following type; in-person meetings, webinars, coding roundtables, etc. It is our hope that with an active membership committee, the topics selected would be of more relevance to our members and any emerging topics won’t get missed. While this will be the first time this committee convenes, no set schedule has been determined. At most, this committee will meet once per month via WebEx and will communicate via Basecamp.
- Annual Meeting Planning Committee- The Planning Committee is now currently forming and also needs volunteers. The makeup of the committee includes one or two co-chairs, and members for each of the following subcommittees; food and entertainment, silent auction/basket raffle, communications, speakers, and vendors. As the next Annual Meeting will be a joint meeting with Missouri, there will be multiple individuals working on this project is an excellent opportunity to network with our neighboring state for all issues pertaining to health information. Also, the number of volunteers needed may vary.
- Career Awareness Committee- The Career Awareness committee is responsible for informing others about the HIM field. Members of this committee will visit career fairs or other events held where we can teach others about the HIM field. This committee will also be responsible for revamping the current brochure and PPT used during the career fair presentations. The expectation is as a committee to attend 6-10 career fairs during the year which will be from June 2017- June 2018. At most, this committee will meet once per month via WebEx and will communicate via Basecamp.
- Social Media Committee- The Social Media Committee is responsible for the ILHIMA Social Media sites as it pertains to content. The volunteers of this committee will monitor Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other social media sites where our presence should be known. If you are a social media junky or tech savvy, please join this committee. At most, this committee will meet once per month via WebEx and will communicate via Basecamp.
If you are still interested in volunteering, these are the perfect opportunities for you. Volunteering with any committee does not take much time and duties/tasks are spread out among the members. You will have plenty of support and experienced committee members to help you with any issues that may arise.
If you would like to participate and volunteer for any of the above activities, please complete the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9882TM.
If you have any questions about the positions described, please feel free to ask.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Christopher Wheat, First Year Director of Education
Shanel Woods, First Year Director of Communication