Assisting health information professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented type of natural disaster and could result in wide-reaching and adverse economic consequences for individuals and their families. In the coming months, the Foundation will utilize the Fund to help vulnerable health information professionals recover from current and potential economic impacts caused by the pandemic's spread.

The effects of COVID-19 have escalated and changed our lives in ways we could not have foreseen. Health information professionals are making a tremendous difference as our world tries to curb the COVID-19. Health data is a vital element of healthcare, including efforts to stem the pandemic. By doing their jobs effectively, health information professionals, enable providers more time to focus on patient care.

For Those Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic Requesting financial assistance:

Applicants may request up to $500 in assistance to help them during the economic fall-out from virus containment efforts. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for financial assistance from the HIRO Fund:

  • Applicants must live and/or work in a county that has been declared a FEMA-designated disaster area within the past twelve (12) months.
  • Applicants must be AHIMA members in good standing before the date on which the county was declared a FEMA disaster area
  • Applicants must experience and demonstrate financial need due to job loss caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
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Eligible applicants may apply for financial assistance by completing and submitting the HIRO Fund Assistance Application.

Upon verification by AHIMA Foundation and the applicant's Component State Association, financial assistance will be distributed to applicants as available and in as timely a manner as possible.