How do I become a member of IHIMA?
If you would like to become a member of IHIMA, you will first have to join as a member of our national organization AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). You can find out more information about joining AHIMA at http://www.ahima.org/membership or you can go to http://www.ahima.org/directory to find a list of contacts for the AHIMA organization.
Once you are a member of AHIMA, go to www.ahima.org and then click on the tab labeled Update Profile. You will log-in with your AHIMA membership number and the assigned password. The first letter of your password will be capitalized if using the default AHIMA password (your last name), otherwise it will be entered just as it was when setting up your profile. In your Profile on the About Me tab, there should be a field labeled State Association. That is where you will need to select NC to be sure you are a part of our state association.
How do I receive updates and notices from IHIMA?
If you go to www.ahima.org and then click the link at the top of the page to Update My Profile, it will take you to a log-in screen where you will enter the same information to log-in to the main AHIMA site. Once logged in for your profile information, go to the Communication Preferences tab. You will see options for selecting contact. Under the CSA (Component State Association) Selections heading select Yes or No for contact by e-mail, phone, or fax. They all default to “No” for each AHIMA member so you have to change certain ones to “Yes” to get those communications.
What is the AHIMA CoP, how do I join/remove a community, and how do I receive updates from the AHIMA CoP?
Log-in to the AHIMA website (from the main page – not from Update Profile), you will be taken to a screen with a lot of links, you will click on a link labeled Communities of Practice. This will take you to your personal page. All communities that you have joined will show as a link at the bottom of the page. You would then click on Indiana to go to the Indiana CoP or AHIMA to go to the main AHIMA CoP. There are communities for states, job interests, students, recent graduates, HIM disciplines, and for types of AHIMA volunteers. The communities allow you to chat with other HIM professionals all over the US and to find information related to HIM.
If you are not a member of the Indiana CoP, on your personal page will be a passport icon labeled “Join/Visit Communities”. You would click on that icon, it will take you to an alphabetical list of communities to join, you will find Indiana under “I”, put a check mark in the Join column next to the community name, and then click the Join Communities button at the bottom of the page. This will add the link for this community to your personal page. There are many other communities to choose from, look though the choices to find one that is meaningful to you.
To remove a community, click on the link labeled “Unsubscribe” in the My Communities header on your Personal Page of the CoP. A list of the communities that you are currently a member of will come up on the screen, click on the box next to each community name in the “Unsubscribe” column and then click the “Unsubscribe” button at the bottom of the screen. This will remove you as a member from the selected communities and will remove the link to that community from your Personal Page on the CoP.
To manage your communications from the Communities of Practice, on your Personal Page, there should be a link at the top called “Notification Management”, click on that link and select your communication preferences for all of the communities that you are a member of on the AHIMA CoP. Everything is defaulted to “Don’t Notify”. If you want to change your communication preferences for a single CoP, click on the link to that CoP, once in the community there should be a link at the top called “Notifications”, you can click on this link to setup notifications for that specific CoP, and you would then click the Set Notifications button at the bottom to save your changes.
Why does my password no longer work for the AHIMA website?
Remember: Your password is now CASE SENSITIVE so if you are using the default password, the first letter will be capitalized. Your initial password for the AHIMA website is your last name or if you have gotten married recently…it would be your maiden name. The password will be just as it is entered in your profile if it has been changed from the initial password. If you still cannot gain access, please click on the “I Forgot My Password” link on the main AHIMA page (www.ahima.org).
Who do I contact if I have problems with the AHIMA website or the AHIMA CoP?
If you have a technical issue with the AHIMA website, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. This website has help materials for the AHIMA site if you need further assistance http://www.ahima.org/help/index.asp.
How do I go about finding a mentor?
The student is responsible for selecting a mentor. It is advisable to select a mentor in the area of study that you would like to go in to for the HIM Industry.
The Student Mentor Program was established in 2003 to give AHIMA students a method to get assistance from qualified HIM professionals. There is a Mentor contact list on the Student Community of Practice on the AHIMA website under Community Resources. Each mentor should have a phone number and e-mail address listed so that a student may contact them for assistance. There is also a small description of each member and their area of expertise so you can make a more specific selection in the HIM professional you would like to work with.
You should get a response from an AHIMA mentor within 3 business days. However, keep in mind, these are busy HIM professionals and their responsibilities might not allow them to respond to your request right away. If the person you chose has not responded within a week, choose another person on the list. The AHIMA mentor begins responsibilities on September 1st of each year and their “term” goes to September 1st of the next year. The mentor can continue to help students for as long as they would like to do so.
If you have any questions about a mentor or would like to volunteer to become a mentor through AHIMA, send an e-mail to StudentConnections@ahima.org to get more information. If you can not find an “official” mentor through AHIMA to meet your needs or you would like assistance from someone locally, you can contact the Central Officer Coordinator at email@example.com
How do I run for an AHIMA position?
Looking to share your knowledge and skills? Do you have the leadership and governance skills needed for the national level? Do you want to be a pioneer for HIM? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have an offer for you. Please consider volunteering for AHIMA through an elected position! Volunteering with AHIMA is a rewarding experience that you simply can’t get on the job or in a class. With so many opportunities available, why not give it a try?
Nomination submissions can be made through the Application to Serve.
Before you fill out the application, be sure to take the Volunteer Leadership Competencies Self-Assessment, which outlines the skills and abilities required for AHIMA volunteer leadership positions. The self-assessment explains the core competencies for all volunteers and specifies additional competencies for director, commissioner, and committee chair roles. Descriptions, duties, and qualifications can be found through the Application to Serve Web page. Select Elected Groups to submit your online application. Join the many AHIMA volunteers who invest their time and reap the rewards.
How do I run for an IHIMA position or register to volunteer?
Click on the Volunteer link on the IHIMA web page and fill out the form. You will be contacted.