Component State Associations
AHIMA governance is a federation model, which includes a system of component state organizations (state chapters) in every state plus Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Component state associations (CSAs) provide their members with local access to professional education and networking. They serve as an important forum for communicating national issues and keeping members informed of regional affairs that affect health information management. Some of the CSAs also provide their own scholarships, so when applying for an AHIMA Foundation merit scholarship, students should also check with their CSA. If CSA scholarships are available, students are encouraged to apply for them as well. Links to each CSA appear below; simply click on your state's name:
The CSA Corner
The AHIMA Foundation will provide updates to this section as the CSAs provide items of interest to post here. We encourage CSA leadership and membership to interact regularly with the Foundation -- let us know what cooperative projects you would like to develop, and let us know how we can better assist you in fundraising efforts. Your donations to the Foundation are investments in the future of Health Information Management. They are an opportunity for paying forward!
Support the AHIMA Foundation Student Merit Scholarship Program
In 2014, a total of 104 students submitted their applications for an AHIMA Foundation Merit Scholarship; out of that pool,56 qualified candidates received scholarships for a total of $89,000 awarded. The ongoing gap between qualified applicants and scholarships awarded indicates a need to support even more promising HIM students each year. CSAs are encouraged to sponsor scholarship awards, supporting future professionals in our industry while also receiving national recognition for your CSA. Donation opportunities include general scholarship funds, named scholarships, and endowed scholarships.
To find out more about options to support the AHIMA Foundation Merit Scholarship program with a charitable contribution, visit our Support page or contact Mary.Taylor-Blasi@ahimafoundation.org.
In 2014, several CSAs used their annual member meeting to fundraise for a collective donation to the AHIMA Foundation scholarship fund. We encourage anyone who is interested in conducting a similar fundraising activity for their CSA to contact the AHIMA Foundation.