Committees and Task Forces

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, let us know by submitting the Volunteer Questionnaire form. Volunteer requests and information will be shared with both CHIA and CLA leaders for their use in making appointments to volunteer roles. For further questions, email Volunteer@CaliforniaHIA.org.

Refer to the 2018-19 CHIA Committee Deliverables to learn more about each committee’s purpose, composition, roles and responsibilities, ongoing charges, and more.

Committees & Committee Purpose 2018 - 19 Chairs & Volunteers
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.
Pauline Joyce Cabanada, MBA, RHIA - IAHIA

Safiah Mamoon, MS, RHIA, CPC - GOCHIA

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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 these awards. Maintain award categories that are meaningful and fitting for the profession, the industry and the membership.
Freida Smith, RHIA - NCHIA

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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.
Vilena Boussarova, MA, 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.
Deanna Klure, RHIT, CDIP, CCS - IAHIA

Caleb Jesudasson, RHIA, CHPC - IAHIA

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Consumer Engagement Task Force
Develop CHIA’s Consumer Engagement program.
Roberta Baranda, MS, RHIA, CHP - SHIA

Kenneth Graham, RHIA, FACHE - NCHIA

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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.
Diane Brooks, RHIT, CCS-P - SHIA

Lauren Powers, RHIT - SHIA

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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.
Roy Shurtliff, RHIT - NCHIA

Patricia Small, RHIT, CCS - IAHIA

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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.
Janet Franklin, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P - 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.
Matt Turner

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Information Governance
Provide CHIA members education, training and resources on Information Governance and Health Informatics. Advocate for the adoption of Information Governance principles and practices in health care.
April Morris, RHIT, CHDA - SCHIA

Esther Tolentino, BA, RHIT, CPHI, CHTS-IS, CHTS-PW - SVHIA

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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 of Directors 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 the American Health Information Management Association as priorities.
Esther Tolentino, BA, RHIT, CPHI, CHTS-IS, CHTS-PW - SVHIA

Adriana van der Graaf, MBA, RHIA, CHP, CCS - SCHIA

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Nominating Committee
To identify and present to 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.
Deborah Collier, MSQA, RHIA - SCHIA

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Professional Education Committee
Annually plan, develop, and coordinate CHIA-sponsored seminar and webinar programs.
Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P - SVHIA

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

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