Christine Ritchie, MD MSPH FACP FAAHPM
The Academy conducts a lot of surveys, I know. Some of you may feel surveyed-out. I want you to know how much I appreciate your responses. Our surveys help us evaluate and assess the work we do. More importantly, I’d like to assure you that your responses prompt action and meaningful change. Two important examples of the power of your input are the creation of AAHPM Connect and AAHPM councils. Simply put, these initiatives came from your suggestions. Time and again, you have told the Academy that you value opportunities to create community engagement. The history of these initiatives demonstrates how members can influence AAHPM’s trajectory.
Growth and Evolution of AAHPM Communities
The first iteration of our communities model was created in 2008 to add support and structure to existing special interest groups (SIGs). Today AAHPM communities have grown to include 23 SIGs, six forums, and (coming soon) two councils. These self-identifying groups represent key constituents within the Academy. Their efforts are far reaching. They communicate regularly via Listservs; develop education for annual assemblies (SIG symposia); are invited to engage in strategic efforts and initiatives (eg, Capitol Hill Days); and provide input and subject matter expertise related to Academy publications, products, and positions.