CHIA HOD Weighs in on Organizational Governance & Strategic Planning Priorities

Submitted by Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA; CHIA President 2017-18
(August 9, 2017)

Two topics of importance to CHIA were the subject of deliberations at the 2017 CHIA House of Delegates (HOD) earlier this summer. First up was CHIA’s organizational governance initiative. In follow-up to deliberations at the 2016 HOD a task force was appointed last year to explore possible alternative governance models for the association. The CHIA Governance Structure Task Force issued a report and SBAR earlier this year outlining three models – Geographic, Statewide and Hybrid – and offering an assessment of the pros and cons of each.

The task of the 2017 HOD was to assess the relative merits of each of the models, as well as the pros and cons of CHIA’s current organizational structure, and to rate each of the four models on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest possible rating. The results of the House ratings ranged from a median of 2 for the statewide model, to 3 for the geographic model, to a tie of 4 for the hybrid model and CHIA’s current structure with a slight mean average edge of 3.75 to 3.40 for the hybrid model.

This input from the House of Delegates provides a couple of important guideposts for moving forward with CHIA’s multi-year governance initiative. The results would seem to suggest a broad-based willingness to consider changes to the current CHIA organizational structure, while also indicating a clear preference for the continuance of a formal regional organizational structure within the larger state-wide organization.

Now it is your turn, what are your thoughts on CHIA’s organizational structure? As a proposal on governance is prepared for consideration by the 2018 HOD, individual CHIA members are invited to share their thoughts on enhancements to the way CHIA governs itself by emailing suggestions to All input by members will be considered as work on the governance initiative proceeds.

Strategic Planning Priorities

The second task of the 2017 HOD was helping to set CHIA’s strategic planning priorities for the year. CHIA implemented its first ever three year strategic plan in 2016. While the goals, strategies and desired outcomes of the three year plan remain constant over the lifespan of the plan, the accomplishments and specific actions undertaken in furtherance of the plan are reviewed and prioritized annually. During their deliberations this year, the HOD identified and ranked prioritized actions for each of the ten strategies in the 2017-2019 CHIA Strategic Plan. The House ranked action items are in turn used to update the strategic plan and to finalize committee deliverables and other association actions for the year.