A privacy awareness message from your local chapter chair
Privacy Awareness Week, observed annually around the globe every May, is designed to promote awareness of privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information. This year, Privacy Awareness week will take place May 10-14.
As health information professionals, we are leaders in protecting Canadians’ personal health information (PHI) and ensuring that our respective organizations have official policies and procedures in place to govern the collection, use, and disclosure of PHI.
Find out more information about important privacy-related Ontario resources here.
Carol Adam, CHIM, PMP
Ontario Chapter Chair
The ON chapter is an integral part of the HIM community, bringing continuing education, networking events and activities, professional development support, and communication services to CHIMA members in Ontario.
The Ontario chapter is one of eight across the country. It’s led by a chapter committee consisting of volunteer members, including HIM professionals holding a professional designation from the Canadian College of Health Information Management.
We are a dedicated team of CHIMA member volunteers that have expertise through many facets of health information with experience in private and public health care settings encompassing health information management, decision support, clinical informatics, quality and risk, educator/education, information technology, patient registration, and more, giving us a broad perspective on the industry.
The chapter committee and subcommittees work to provide opportunities for continuing professional education, including both online and in-person education sessions. Our goal is to provide a forum for networking and to bring relevant, leading-edge, and timely information to our members.
We appreciate ideas and suggestions from our members and would love to hear from you. Our future looks bright and exciting!
Frequently asked questions
The committee meets online once per month except for July or August. Once per year, we have a full-day planning session to map out the goals for the next year.
The chapter committee is composed of a chair, vice-chair, and secretary-treasurer, as well as 3–4 other committee members responsible for the education, engagement, and domains of practice subcommittees.
The chair (or vice-chair, if the chair is unavailable) leads the monthly committee meetings and attends Chapter Advisory Council meetings. The secretary-treasurer takes minutes at all committee meetings and monitors and reviews the financial reports with the committee members. Other chapter committee members participate in all committee meetings and bring updates on the status of their respective subcommittee.
Chapter committee members commit for a three-year term and must be active members of CHIMA.
Committee members attend and participate in all committee meetings unless circumstances do not allow for it. They help plan the activities of the year and brainstorm learning, engagement, and networking opportunities for those in the health information industry and beyond. Committee members may participate in online or in-person events by assisting with registration or introducing presenters and speakers.
The Ontario chapter currently has three subcommittees. Succession planning can lead to members of subcommittees joining the chapter committee when positions are available. The subcommittees are as follows:
The education subcommittee helps organize and facilitate continuing professional education (CPE) activities for the Ontario chapter members, including determining topics and sourcing presenters. This subcommittee is also responsible for in-person education day events, which may include selecting a theme or topic, sourcing speakers and a venue, creating an agenda, and providing support during the event. Previously, these have been full-day events biannually. Through 2021, the events will likely be held online.
The engagement subcommittee is primarily responsible for engaging with members by producing community-generated content that may be featured on the CHIMA blog and in newsletters. This might include health information thought leaders, developing poll questions, and featuring stories about CHIMA members.
Domains of practice
This subcommittee was formed in 2020 and focuses on the domains of practice by creating education and engagement opportunities and developing professional practice briefs (PPBs).
Volunteering for CHIMA is an extremely rewarding experience, offering an opportunity to network and learn from fellow health information professionals and experts in our domains of practice. These networking opportunities can develop into life-long friendships, advance your career, and give you opportunities that you would never have expected. While we do not currently have open positions on our chapter committee, we still encourage you to apply as there may be opportunities to participate with a subcommittee, contribute to a blog post or newsletter, or even help with writing a PPB.
To submit a question, click on the ‘Contact the chapter’ button found on this page. We generally review the questions weekly and will respond as soon as we can.