CHIA Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Approved by CHIA Board of Directors - December 2017

Discussion: At the October 6, 2018 CHIA Board meeting, a discussion was held regarding a potential candidate who was unsure about running for office due to not being able to attend a CHIA Board meeting on a Saturday (stating religions reasons). Additionally, an issue arose during an IAHIA event where a member complained about being “singled out” due to skin color. After researching CHIA policies, it was identified that CHIA did not have a specific policy on diversity and inclusion. AHIMA was contacted and CHIA was provided a 2006 Resolution on AHIMA Volunteer Diversity which was reported as AHIMA’s recent policy on diversity. The following verbiage was blended from a policy found on the internet and AHIMA’s 2006 Resolution.

Recommendation: Approve creation of a new CHIA policy for diversity and inclusion with language included as follows:

California Health Information Association Diversity and Inclusion Statement

California Health Information Association (CHIA) is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization. All employees and volunteers are welcome regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability. CHIA is committed to a culture that respects diversity and inclusion where all members feel valued and respected throughout its organization and the HIM profession at large.

To achieve this end, the California Health Information Association strives to:

  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to CHIA’s mission.
  • Ensure the well-being of the health information management communities we serve.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
  • Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how cultural competence positively impacts our organization’s work, and how best to incorporate diversity to support CHIA’s mission.
  • Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization, and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
  • Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, committee, and advisory bodies.
  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
  • Respect individual sensibilities, personal beliefs, differences, and privacy and other rights of all HIM professionals, students, and AHIMA/CHIA members.
  • Adhere to the AHIMA Code of Ethics that states the “inherent dignity and worth of every person” should be respected.