CHIA Statement: June 2020

CHIA Statement: We Will Not and Cannot Be Silent

Statement provided on behalf of the CHIA Board of Directors and Executive Director/CEO

The California Health Information Association (CHIA) is deeply saddened by the senseless death of George Floyd and the subsequent surrounding events. Prejudice and bias against people and communities of color must be called out, recognized, and no longer tolerated for any reason. 

AHIMA ImageAs members of CHIA, we embrace our core values of diversity, transparency, integrity, innovation, collaboration, and leadership. CHIA’s vision of “Improved Health Through Trusted Information” supports all HIM professionals who are at the forefront of collecting data for social determinants of health to improve the economic, social, and behavioral conditions that influence the health and quality of life of all individuals and populations. CHIA continues our strong advocacy for patient rights. The right to live a healthy, productive life, free of the fear that is consuming our country today is an essential privilege for all Americans. CHIA agrees with the many health care association colleagues that racism is a public health issue. We understand that population health and wellness can be directly linked and exacerbated by factors such as social and environmental inequities, economic instability, and lack of access to behavioral and mental health services, often exacerbated by racial disparities.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” As a component state association, CHIA joins with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in support of the released AHIMA Statement: A More Just Society Through Healthcare Data, which identifies racism as a public health issue and encourages supporting all HIM professionals across the country, who share the common interest in empowering people to impact health.

CHIA will not and cannot be silent. We will continue our efforts to tirelessly advocate on behalf of the residents of California and the United States of America for access to quality health care and the right of every individual to live a healthy life, free of the fear of racism.