HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Center
HIMSS mobilizes its members and other collaborators to successfully accomplish multiple levels of advocacy activities that are fueled by its members’ passion and experience. These activities include educating HIMSS members and Members of Congress and their staff on key issues to actually proposing and writing draft legislation. In addition, HIMSS works closely with key federal and state level decision-makers to advance improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.
HIMSS Federal Affairs Center
HIMSS Federal Affairs team leverages member and staff subject matter expertise to provide insight to key federal agency representatives, while promoting agency personnel involvement in HIMSS activities at the local, regional and national levels.
HIMSS Congressional Affairs
The mission of the HIMSS Congressional Affairs team is to support the organization and its chapters by building relationships with members of Congress and their staff, providing them with accurate information about health information technology and management systems in order to help them make effective public policy decisions.
HIMSS State Government Affairs
The mission of HIMSS Office of State Government Affairs is to support the organization and its Chapters by building effective partnerships and relationships with state and local officials. This is achieved through the representation and advocacy of HIMSS Public Policy Principles, needs and interests.
HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program
With over 50 chapters in the United States, one of HIMSS’ many strengths is connecting HIMSS members with state, regional and national decision-makers on key health IT issues. HIMSS’ Chapter Advocacy program provides an opportunity for each HIMSS chapter to elect or appoint one or more members to serve in the Chapter Board level position as Chapter Advocate. Chapter Advocates and other volunteers interested in state level advocacy participate collectively in the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR).
The CAR provides a networking and educational opportunity for Chapter Advocates to promote chapter level advocacy programs at the grassroots level in coordination with the HIMSS advocacy and public policy Board-approved agenda. Throughout the United States today, over 60 HIMSS Chapter Advocates are actively engaging state legislators through planning and facilitating advocacy outreach campaigns alongside their local chapters.
What does it mean to be a Chapter Advocate?
To advocate on behalf of your organization and community about issues important to furthering health IT policy and ensure state government officials are aware of your qualification as a health IT subject matter expert.
At the state and local levels, chapters will need to clearly define the role of the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Member. The conduct of this role will vary among the states based on local membership and volunteer capabilities. The HIMSS State Government Affairs team will work with each Chapter to develop this position and will support the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable in a number of ways. The responsibilities of this role should minimally include:
•Act as your Chapter’s connection to state level advocacy and keep members of your Board informed about campaign efforts
•Create an advocacy action plan specific to your community
•Recruit Chapter volunteers and other community leaders to join the campaign
•Plan a State Health IT/Advocacy Day to lead the chapter in developing and maintaining relationships with state elected officials
•Attend or designate a chapter representative to sit in on monthly calls, quarterly regional calls and advocacy workshops to discuss current advocacy initiatives and provide feedback from local efforts
•Attend or send a chapter representative to the annual HIMSS CAR Offsite Training held during HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington D.C.
HIMSS Advocacy Fact Sheet
With over 50 HIMSS Chapters across the United States, one of HIMSS many strengths is to connect HIMSS members with local, state and national decision-makers on key health IT issues.
Collectively, HIMSS Chapter Advocates make up the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR). The CAR was established in 2004 to help build grassroots support at the Chapter level. Grassroots outreach is an essential part of an advocacy network. HIMSS seeks to establish strong, local advocacy networks that can be kept current as issues change. Chapters have identified advocacy leaders within their communities in an effort to educate and build "friends" among opinion leaders and lawmakers in their districts. Throughout the United States today, more than 60 HIMSS Chapter Advocates are engaged in planning and facilitating advocacy and public policy activities within their local chapters.
Healthcare regulations and policies will reflect the expertise and knowledge of healthcare information and management systems professionals to frame and lead healthcare legislation, regulations, policies, standards and practices.
- Provide leadership and direction on healthcare issues and policy related to healthcare information and management systems professionals.
- Achieve recognition as the organization of expertise in healthcare information and management systems policy.
- Encourage industry and government to embrace and incorporate the best use of information and management systems to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery.
Transforming healthcare through technology will take all of us working together. Find your niche and start contributing your ideas to HIMSS initiatives and to the national healthcare agenda. Join your peers in one of our vibrant communities, committees or chapters and start making a difference right now!
For more information on HIMSS advocacy activities, please contact:
Chad Hiner RN, MS HIMMS WA Board Member - Chair of Advocacy. Email firstname.lastname@example.org