Advocacy

HIMSS Advocacy
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HIMSS Advocacy and Public Policy Center
HIMSS mobilizes its members and other collaborators to successfully accomplish multiple levels of advocacy activities that are fueled by its members’ passion and experience. These activities include educating HIMSS members and Members of Congress and their staff on key issues to actually proposing and writing draft legislation. In addition, HIMSS works closely with key federal and state level decision-makers to advance improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

HIMSS Federal Affairs Center
HIMSS Federal Affairs team leverages member and staff subject matter expertise to provide insight to key federal agency representatives, while promoting agency personnel involvement in HIMSS activities at the local, regional and national levels.

HIMSS Congressional Affairs
The mission of the HIMSS Congressional Affairs team is to support the organization and its chapters by building relationships with members of Congress and their staff, providing them with accurate information about health information technology and management systems in order to help them make effective public policy decisions.

HIMSS State Government Affairs
The mission of HIMSS Office of State Government Affairs is to support the organization and its Chapters by building effective partnerships and relationships with state and local officials. This is achieved through the representation and advocacy of HIMSS Public Policy Principles, needs and interests. The office of State Government Affairs is headed by:

“To contact the HIMSS Government Relations team, please reach out to policy@himss.org.”

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program

With over 50 HIMSS Chapters across North America including the United States, its territories, and Canada,   HIMSS serves as the connection point for members and policy-makers on key health information and technology priorities. The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy program provides an opportunity for each HIMSS chapter to elect or appoint one or more of its members to expand HIMSS priorities through grassroots and grass tops engagement.

Collectively, HIMSS Chapter Advocates make up the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR). The CAR was established in 2004 to expand HIMSS’ outreach beyond Congressional and federal activities and it is an essential part of the greater HIMSS advocacy network. HIMSS CAR members serve as a strong coordinated voice and respected source of information about health information and technology. CAR members, through Researching, Educating, Power Building, and Monitoring, are able to influence state and local health information and technology policies.

Throughout the United States and its territories today, over 100 HIMSS Chapter Advocates are engaged in planning and facilitating advocacy and public policy activities within their state or region.

Chair

Pam Varhol
New England Chapter

Vice Chairs:

Kevin Conway
Vice Chair, Midwestern Region
Nebraska Chapter

John Ritter
Vice Chair, Eastern Region
Western Pennsylvania Chapter

Angelique Robateau
Vice Chair, Southern Region
Central & North Florida Chapter

Bonny Roberts
Vice Chair, Western Region
Colorado Chapter

To learn more about HIMSS Chapter Advocacy:

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Guide

HIMSS18 Interview with Chapter Advocates

Please contact Alana Lerer at alerer@himss.org or your local chapter for more information on HIMSS Chapter Advocacy.