Topic: Health and Well-being of Professional Education in Health Information Management
Intent: Strong partnerships between CSAs, HIM educational programs, and AHIMA must be enhanced with regard to marketing and recruitment so that adequately prepared student applicant pools are attracted to these existing programs. New program development evolves from "grass-roots" involvement and should focus on expanding programs at the baccalaureate and master's degree levels in doctoral granting and research institutions.
Addressed to: AHIMA House of Delegates
Originator: Washington State Health Information Management Association
Approved by: 2000 House of Delegates
Date: September 24, 2000
Whereas, we recognize the outstanding work in the white paper "Health and Well-being of Professional Education in Health Information Management" prepared by the Joint Committee on Education.
Whereas, we recognize the importance of the action steps in each of the strategic issue areas presented in the white paper and believe that action is needed sooner rather than later.
Whereas, we believe that prioritization needs to be given to strategic issue #2, which emphasizes recruitment of students and marketing of our profession to prospective employers, students, and others.
Whereas, we also believe that priority for growing HIM programs should be focused on baccalaureate and master's degree level programs.
Whereas, AHIMA currently provides resources and tools for recruitment and many CSAs provide resources and assistance to the HIM educational programs in their regions, there continues to be a need for a strong partnership between the CSAs, the HIM educational programs, and AHIMA in marketing and recruitment activities.
Resolved, that AHIMA partner with HIM educational programs and CSAs to develop a strong recruitment campaign to attract adequately prepared student applicant pools using the resources and tools that emanate from AHIMA's image marketing.
Resolved, that AHIMA will incorporate this issue as part of its strategic planning.
Resolved, that AHIMA will report on a regular basis to Team Talks and to future Houses of Delegates progress on this issue, until the full intent of this resolution is accomplished.