CHIA Committees and Task Forces

CHIA Committees and Task Forces

Volunteering with CHIA will connect you with HIM peers and colleagues, expose you to innovative ideas, and provide you with meaningful ways to support the HIM community. CHIA offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from based on the interests, the type of involvement and time commitment you are looking for.

Submit a CHIA Volunteer Questionnaire to let us know of your volunteer interest. Submissions will be shared with both CHIA and CLA leaders for use in appointing volunteer roles.

Learn more below about each committee’s purpose, roles and responsibilities, ongoing charges, current committee members, and more.

Qualification: Current CHIA Member
Time Commitment: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 (*unless noted otherwise)
Meeting Schedule: Monthly 1-hour WebEx meetings (*unless noted otherwise)

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Academics Committee

To establish and maintain communication between CHIA and existing and potential Health Information Administration (HIA) and Health Information Technology (HIT) programs in California.

Co-Chair: Pauline Joyce Calla, MBA, RHIA - IAHIA
Co-Chair: Holly Jagielinski, MPH, RHIA - SDHIA

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Awards and Scholarship Committee

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 CHIA Recognition Awards and CHIA Student Scholarships. Maintain award categories that are meaningful and fitting for the profession, the industry and the membership. 

Co-Chair: Sandy Hames, RHIA, CHP - NCHIA
Co-Chair: Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P - SVHIA

*Time Committment: March - April

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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.

Co-Chair: Vilena Boussarova, MS, RHIA, CCS, CHDA - SDHIA
Co-Chair: Svetlana Woersching, RHIA, CCS - SDHIA

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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.

Co-Chair: Caleb Jesudasson, RHIA, CHPC - IAHIA
Co-Chair: Deanna Klure, RHIT, CDIP, CCS - IAHIA

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Consumer Engagement Task Force

Develop CHIA’s Consumer Engagement program.

Co-Chair: Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP - SHIA
Co-Chair: Kenneth Graham, RHIA, FACHE - NCHIA

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Convention Committee

Plan and develop all education programs and selected social events for the annual CHIA Convention & Exhibit. 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 health care continuum working in both traditional and non-traditional roles.

Chair: Roy Shurtliff, RHIT - NCHIA

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Editorial Advisory Board

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.

Co-Chair: Judith Holloway, MPH, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P - GOCHIA
Co-Chair: Diana McWaid, MS, MEd, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CPC, CRC - SCHIA

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Legislation and Advocacy Committee

Monitor proposed legislation and regulations with potential impacts on health information management and/or the HIM profession. Make recommendations to the CHIA Board to watch, support, support with amendment, or oppose proposed legislation and regulatory changes. Inform CHIA members about relevant legislative and regulatory actions and involve the members in advocating for or against proposals as appropriate. Advocate for health information management issues identified by CHIA and/or AHIMA as priorities.

Co-Chair: Esther Tolentino, RHIT, CPHI, CHTS-IS, CHTS-PW - SVHIA
Co-Chair: Adriana van der Graaf, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CCS - SCHIA

*Time Committement: Two-years; January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

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Nominating Committee

To identify and present to the CHIA Board a proposed leadership ballot 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.

Chair: Brian Faust, MLS, RHIA - NCHIA

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Professional Education Committee

Annually plan, develop, and coordinate CHIA-sponsored seminar and webinar programs.

Co-Chair: Shirley Lewis, DPA, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ, CHC - SCHIA
Co-Chair: Freida Smith, RHIA - NCHIA

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