Committees and Task Forces

CHIA has over one hundred dedicated volunteers participating on committees, task forces, and other volunteer groups. Whether you are interested in volunteering on one of these committees below, on the CHIA Board of Directors, as a Delegate to AHIMA, or in another capacity, just let us know by visiting the Volunteer Opportunities page and completing the Volunteer Questionnaire. For further questions, email Volunteer@CaliforniaHIA.org. Volunteers make a world of difference!

Review the 2016-17 CHIA Committee Deliverables to learn more about each committee’s purpose, composition, roles and responsibilities, deliverables, ongoing charges, and more.

Committee & Committee Purpose 2016 - 17 Members
Academics Committee
Members include one HIM educator from each HIA/HIT school and other non-educators. To establish and maintain communication between CHIA and existing and potential Health Information Administration (HIA) and Health Information Technology (HIT) programs in California.
Monica Thurston, MBA, RHIA - SCHIA

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Awards and Scholarship Committee
The committee shall be composed of the chair plus four members, one of which is a member of the CHIA Board of Directors. To honor and recognize the excellence, dedication and service of those professionals or groups whose steadfast efforts have enriched the HIM profession by selecting and acknowledging these individuals or groups for these awards. Maintain award categories that are meaningful and fitting for the profession, the industry and the membership.

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Candidates Committee
To solicit and/or recommend candidates for nomination for AHIMA elected positions, AHIMA Triumph Awards, CHIA Recognition Awards; and to coordinate the completion of the respective nominations. While nominations for the above offices and awards can be made by any member, the Candidates Committee will serve as an additional avenue to assure that qualified candidates are considered from among the CHIA membership.
Maria Castillo, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS - IAHIA

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Coding and Data Quality Committee
Disseminate current coding and reimbursement information to CHIA membership and other health care practitioners and to take an active role in all matters related to classification, severity, adjustment, collection and use of health care data.
Deanna Klure, CDIP, CCS - IAHIA

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Continuum of Care Committee
Provides the CHIA membership with resources and educational opportunities specifically for the continuum of care settings – post acute care, which includes an array of healthcare settings including; Long Term Care Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Rehab Services and Therapy, Home Care, Hospice, and Extended Healthcare.
La Shaun Lewis, RHIT - SCHIA

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Convention Committee
Plan and develop all education programs and selected social events for the annual CHIA Convention & Exhibit while remaining within the confines of the CHIA budget. Select topics and speakers to develop an all-inclusive educational program that includes important national trends and reflects the interests of all HIM professionals across the healthcare continuum working in both traditional and non-traditional roles. Recommend policy and procedure changes for future CHIA conventions.
Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS - SVHIA

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Editorial Advisory Board for the CHIA Journal
Serve as an advisory and peer-review body concerned with the content of the CHIA Journal, inform CHIA membership of activities of the Association and educate its readers in matters pertaining to health information administration and technology.
Melanie Meyer, MHA, RHIT, CCS, CPHQ - NCHIA

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Exhibitor Advisory Committee
Foster relationships between CHIA staff and all exhibitors at the CHIA Convention & Exhibit, continue open communication on-site and throughout the year, act as representatives for all exhibitors with CHIA and set exhibit-related policies.

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Information Governance
Provide CHIA members with training, education and awareness regarding information governance and health informatics initiatives in healthcare. These include any process relating to “big data” in healthcare and may incorporate issues relating to compliance, data analytics, lifecycle practices, and privacy and security.
Gloria Ruiz, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ - SCHIA

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Legislation and Advocacy Committee
Committee terms are based on legislation calendar year (Jan - Dec). Monitor CA legislation that has an impact on the HIM profession making recommendations to the CHIA Board of Directors to support, oppose, support with amendments or watch only. Inform and involve CHIA membership regarding legislative/regulatory and provide summaries of bills chartered into law.
Nicolet A Araujo, RHIA

Kristie Brown, RHIT, CCA, CRCR

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Nominating Committee
To elect effective leadership for CHIAs Board of Directors. This is accomplished by reviewing, interviewing, and selecting qualified candidates. In odd numbered years, prepare and submit to the CHIA President, CHIA’s nominee for the AHIMA Nominating Committee. Enhance CHIA’s leadership development and member engagement initiatives by improving the process for identifying volunteers to fulfill leadership positions and fostering diversity and inclusion. Suggest improvements for the voter experience and increasing voting rate.
Shirley Lewis, DPA, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ - SCHIA

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Seminars Committee
To plan, develop and coordinate seminar programs - face-to-face education programs except those coordinated by the Convention Committee, Webinar Committee, or other Education Committees appointed by the Board.
Tunde Oyefeso, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P - SCHIA

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Social Media
Coordination, communication and oversight of timely and pertinent information updates/announcements on CHIA designated social media sites.
Kristen Borth, RHIA

Robin Hernandez, RHIA

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Webinar Committee
Plan, develop and coordinate CHIA-sponsored webinar education programs.
Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS - NCHIA

Vivian Thomas, RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CPHQ - GOCHIA

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