Call for Volunteers

FY 2021-22 Project Leaders & Committee Members

The OHIMA Board of Directors is comprised of elected officers, directors, delegates, and committee chairmen. The goals and objectives that are established at the beginning of each year are the strategies that make up the OHIMA Strategic Plan and drive our efforts and endeavors throughout the year. As a project leader, committee member or other volunteer, you would assist OHIMA in accomplishing our goals for the organization, the membership and the HIM profession.

Project Leaders are needed to help complete the projects which make up the 2021-22 OHIMA Strategic Plan. Committee Members are needed to accomplish the objectives of each committee. Become a Project Leader or a Committee Member by completing the Volunteer Form by May 31st. You will be contacted about project/committee assignments in early July.

VIEW Strategies and Committees for FY 21-22

VIEW Frequently Asked Questions about being an OHIMA Volunteer


FY 20-21 Strategic Plan & Committees



The goals and objectives set forth at the beginning of each association year are the strategies comprising the OHIMA Strategic Plan. Each strategy has a course of action or project to assist in carrying out its goals. The status and progress of projects are reviewed and discussed at each Board meeting.

PROJECT LEADERS are assigned to projects. Project Leaders attend OHIMA Board Meeting and are part of the Full Board (without voting rights; only elected OHIMA Board Members have voting rights).  Below is a listing of each topic (and the Executive Board Member who oversees the strategy); the projects will be further defined as the year progresses.

Strategic Compliance




Investigate and plan an Ohio Salary Survey of HIM Professionals

Professional HIM Development


Plan non-coding content and speakers for OHIMA Annual Meeting



Plan CDI workshop

Professional Coding Development


Plan coding content and speakers for OHIMA Annual Meeting Coding Tracks and Fall Coding Seminar

Membership Engagement

STRATEGY MANAGER: Manjusri (MJ) Nguyen

Create New Member Onboarding Toolkit 



Create and distribute education surrounding social determinants of health 
Stay informed on state legislative and regulatory issues


Privacy & Security

STRATEGY MANAGER: Alonzo Blackwell

TBD project related to Privacy & Security

Awards & Scholarships


Facilitate the nomination and selection of OHIMA members for the OHIMA Achievement Awards, Established Professional Scholarships, AHIMA Triumph Awards and develop activities surrounding Health Information Professionals Week 

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Committee Members serve on a assigned committee in order to accomplish a goal - such as selecting the recipients of a scholarship, or brainstorming and providing ideas for a new endeavor. COMMITTEE MEMBERS volunteers will be assigned to the following committees.

Young Professionals Committee

STRATEGY MANAGER: Manjusri (MJ) Nguyen

Develop ways of better engaging with Young HIM Professionals

Student & New Graduate Committee


Brainstorm ideas for the Student and New Graduate track at the OHIMA Annual Meeting

Newsletter Committee

STRATEGY MANAGER: Alesha Andrews/Alonzo Blackwell

Develop content (write articles, brainstorm ideas, etc.) for the OHIMA Blog and OHIMA e-newsletters

Advocacy Committee


Plan State HIM Advocacy Day

Financial Oversight Committee


Provide financial oversight for the association by reviewing the budget, employee expenses and providing suggestions for new revenue generators

Summer Meeting Committee


Assist in planning the topics and content for the Summer Meeting

Educators Committee


Plan Educators Day

Scholarship & Awards Committee


Evaluate and select recipients for OHIMA scholarships, awards and contests
**Please note that if a committee member applies for an OHIMA scholarship or award during the time that they serve on this committee, they will not be able to participate in the selection process.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteers

What exactly is a Project Leader?

A Project Leader is a volunteer member of the OHIMA Board of Directors who is assigned a project in order to accomplish a goal of a strategy. Project leaders work with their assigned Strategy Manager, an elected member of the Executive Board.

What is a Committee Member?

A Committee Member is a volunteer member of OHIMA but not a member of the Board of Directors. Committee Members serve on an assigned committee in order to accomplish a goal - such as selecting the recipients of a scholarship, or brainstorming and providing ideas for a new endeavor (for example, a group of students and new graduate volunteers formed a committee last year to assist OHIMA in coming up with ideas for the Student & New Graduate track at the OHIMA Annual Meeting).

What are the benefits of serving as volunteer?

There are many benefits to serving as a volunteer including personal growth, networking, and giving back to the association. Project Leaders who successfully complete a project get one day of their registration free waived to attend the OHIMA Annual Meeting.

How much time commitment is involved with becoming a Project Leader or Committee Member?

For Project Leaders - it depends on the project, but usually no more than 10 hours total for the project itself (over the course of the year) - plus the time spent participating in Board Meetings. See below for information on board meetings.

For Committee Members - it is less of a time commitment than being a Project Leader (being a Committee Member is a great place to start if you haven't volunteered before!). Most committees have two or three 1-hour conference calls per year.

How many Board meetings are you asked to attend as Project Leader?

There will be two face-to-face full Board meetings that Project Leaders are expected to attend (Friday, September 11th during the day and Sunday, February 21st in the afternoon). Both meetings will be held in Columbus. Project Leaders are also asked to participate in any Virtual/Online Board Meetings throughout the year.

What are Virtual or Online Board Meetings?

These are meetings conducted through our website. This online format has been developed in an attempt to increase board member participation while decreasing time and cost involved with traveling to Columbus. Currently, there is an Online Board Orientation in July and an Online Board Meeting in February.

Are the face-to-face Board meetings formal?

No, business casual dress is always encouraged when attending the Board meetings. Though much business is discussed at the meetings, the atmosphere is relaxed.

How long do I serve as Project Leader or Committee Member?

The commitment is for 1 year. The association year begins in July and runs through June. You can also choose to remain as Project Leader for multiple years!

I really have not been involved with anything on the state level, can I still volunteer?

Absolutely! Just complete the online volunteer form on the previous page and you will be contacted about how you can serve. Although it is a volunteer position, one of the most important qualities of a good Project Leader or Committee Member is the ability to commit to and follow through on a project.

I am currently a student, can I serve as Project Leader?

We appreciate and encourage student involvement! Depending on your experience, we may utilize your skills as a committee member or on other tasks throughout the year. When completing the volunteer form, please indicate your student status and we will let you know where we need you!

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