Resolution from the 1997 House of Delegates
AHIMA's Directional Strategies: Values, Vision, and Mission
Associations exist to serve the goals of its members who are its community
of interest. Unlike the private sector, associations have no stockholders.
Its customers are its owners and its owners are its customers. An association's
strategic frameworkits directional strategies are its values,
vision, and mission statements.1
- Values are the principles that guide all association planning and
activities. Values are the ethical framework of the association.
- Vision is what the association aspires to become. It describes the
long-term results that are sought.
- Mission establishes the boundaries and focus for the association's
operating plans. A useful mission imposes discipline as it keeps the
targets in focus.
Directional strategies are vitally important in today's private, public,
and social organizations as they provide the context for all decision
making. Maintaining and communicating directional strategies is a key
role of AHIMA's Board of Directors.
Values, vision, and mission must be evaluated periodically to reflect
the environmentboth external and internaland the rapid pace
of change. AHIMA's current vision, values, and mission pre-date Vision
2006. Some pieces of the current statement date to 1991. Through this
resolution, the Board calls upon the delegation to commit to the revised
values, vision, and mission and help communicate these to all members.
The updated statements are shortened and simplified to ensure that AHIMA's
members, its component and specialty organizations, and staff share and
support a common set of values, vision, and mission. The revised statements
will also be used in all communications with the press, the community,
alliance organizations, and sponsors.
||AHIMA's Directional Strategies: Values, Vision, and Mission
||Provide the statement of organizational purpose and context for decision
||AHIMA members and staff and the health care community--providers
||AHIMA Board of Directors
||1997 House of Delegates
||October 19, 1997
Whereas, AHIMA's Board of Directors has developed the following values,
vision, and mission statements to guide its thinking and decision making:
- Respects all members whom we serve, and all individuals with whom
we work and collaborate
- Advances the importance of health information to improve healthcare
- Embraces a code of ethical health information management practice
- Promotes the public's right to private and high-quality health information
- Delivers high-quality services and products
AHIMA will set the standard and be the recognized leader in health information
management practice, education, certification, research, and advocacy.
As the membership organization of health information management professionals,
AHIMA fosters the professional development of its members through education,
certification, and lifelong learning. These commitments promote quality
health information for the benefit of the public, healthcare consumers,
providers, and other users of clinical data.
Whereas, an explicit and consistent statement of values, vision, and
mission would aid the operation of component and specialty organizations;
Whereas, all members should know and understand what the organization
stands for and what it works towards; therefore, be it
Resolved, That AHIMA and its component organizations commit themselves
to uphold the above stated values and to work together to achieve our
vision and mission.
1. Eadie, D.C. Meeting the Change Challenge. Washington, DC:
American Society of Association Executives, 1997.
"AHIMA's Directional Strategies: Values, Vision, and Mission." (Resolution from the 1997 House of Delegates)
Journal of AHIMA 69, no. 1 (1998): insert before p.49.