Committees and Task Forces

Volunteers make a world of difference! CHIA has over one hundred and fifty dedicated volunteers participating on committees, task forces, and other volunteer groups. 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, just let us know by visiting the Volunteer Opportunities page and completing the Volunteer Questionnaire. For further questions, email Volunteer@CaliforniaHIA.org.

Refer to the 2017-18 CHIA Committee Deliverables to learn more about each committee’s purpose, composition, roles and responsibilities, deliverables, ongoing charges, and more.

Committees & Committee Purpose 2017 - 18 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.
Janet Robertson, RHIA - SCHIA

Safiah Mamoon, MS, RHIT, 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.
To be announced

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Candidates Committee
Maximize membership engagement through participation in and marketing of the Engage Communities. Increase networking, knowledge exchange, and develop Engage Community facilitator leadership. Recommend policy and procedure development, and oversee software improvements.
Vilena Boussarova, RHIT, CCS - SDHIA

Maria Castillo, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS - IAHIA

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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, CDIP, CCS - IAHIA

Nancy Andersen, MS, RHIA, CCS - 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.
La Shaun Lewis, RHIT - SCHIA

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 while remaining within the confines of the CHIA budget. 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 healthcare continuum working in both traditional and non-traditional roles. Recommend policy and procedure changes for future CHIA conventions.
Tracy Elmer, RHIA - SDHIA

Adrienne Beauvois, BS, RHIT - SCHIA

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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.
Melanie Meyer, MHA, RHIT, CCS, CPHQ - 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.
To be announced

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Information Governance
Provide CHIA members with training, education and awareness regarding information governance and health informatics initiatives in healthcare. These include any process relating to “big data” in healthcare and may incorporate issues relating to compliance, data analytics, lifecycle practices, and privacy and security.
Gloria Ruiz, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ - SCHIA

Vickie Skidmore, RHIA - SDHIA

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Legislation and Advocacy Committee
Monitor legislation that potentially impacts 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.
Nicolet A Araujo, RHIA

Kristie Brown, RHIT, CCA, CRCR

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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.
Shirley Lewis, DPA, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ - SCHIA

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Professional Education Committee
Annually plan, develop, and coordinate CHIA-sponsored seminar and education programs.
Vivian Thomas, RHIA, CDIP, CHDA, CHPS, CPHQ - GOCHIA

Victoria Hernandez, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P - SVHIA

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