The 2019 AHIMA Leadership Symposium began with a presentation by President, Valerie Watzlaf and AHIMA CEO, Wylecia Wiggs Harris.
Whereas last year, leadership heard of concerns within AHIMA, and faced the reality that the organization was in a downward spiral, 2019 has brought about a new hope of revitalization. Our change will take “time and sustained urgency”, and will require pressure on leaders, consistent evaluations, and an “unwavering focus on the vision”.
Virginia is on board and supportive of AHIMA’s revitalization. Ironically, discussions this year were very much in line with Grace Whiting Myers’ President’s Address at the first Annual Session in the very same city of Chicago in 1929 (90 years ago!!):
“The group brings together all the excellence of many individuals, raises it to a high plane, and gives it a large outlook embracing great possibilities.”
We can almost feel her spirit as we embrace the new Mission and Vision Statements of AHIMA.
AHIMA’s new Mission Statement:
Empowering People to Impact Health
AHIMA’s new Vision Statement:
A world where trusted information transforms health and healthcare by connecting people, systems, and ideas.
ALL members in attendance were charged with the idea that “Transformational leaders paint a vision of the future, define and model what it will take to get there, and inspire others to make it happen despite the obstacles.” ALL HIM professionals have the responsibility to carry the torch and work to this means.
We all share the responsibility of protecting and growing our profession. To foster membership engagement and motivate the next generation of leaders – those who will be our next leaders of change.