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AHIMA Advocacy

Your AAHIM Board attended AHIMA advocacy on March 28 and 29. The goal was to advocate and support bills that will transform health and healthcare through information access, integrity, and connection. The first day of this Summit was a virtual Public Policy Institute, featuring sessions with federal policymakers and other stakeholders on policy issues related to this agenda. On the second day, your AAHIM board met in video chats with Alabama congressional leaders and their staff about these issues.

Board Spotlight - Linda Ponder

Meet our Birmingham Regional Council President: Dr. Linda Ponder, MSHI, RHIA, CHTS
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Colorado Technical University

Education:  Dr of Management – Higher Education, Teaching & Learning
  • MS – Health Informatics
  • BS – Health Information Management
  • AS - Business
Licenses / Certifications / Credentials:  RHIA, CHTS

HIM Volunteer
  • BRHIMA President 2021-2022
  • Upcoming AAHIM 1st Year Director 2022-2023
  • HIM Awareness Liaison
  • Chair, HC Information Exchange
  • Co-Chair, Advocacy Committee
  • Director 2004-2006, 2009-2011
  • Community Ed. Coordinator
  • My PHR Representative
  • Co-Chair, Arrangements
  • Chair, Public Relations
  • Chair, Marketing
Previous Roles in HIM 
Director, UAB Transition Center
Instructor, Huntington College
Instructor, University of AL at Birmingham
Supervisor, UAB Medical Center
Supervisor, St. Vincent’s Hospital
Physician’s Practice Mgr.Children’s Hospital
Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was in grammar school. I finally achieved my goal. I am do something every day that I love to do.
Something Surprising to Know About Me
Something that only a few people may know about me is that I am a trained clown. My son wanted to become a clown when he was only 11 years old. So, we went to “clown school” together.
Another thing is that I love the outdoors and I like to go hiking and geocaching. For those that have never heard of that, it is a sport where you look for small objects in different places all over the world. They could be in caves, beside a tree, under a guardrail, on a stop sign, under a rock, on a billboard, just anywhere in plain sight sometimes, but out of sight. You must look to find them. So far, I have found almost 5000 of them in 43 states and several countries. There is one on the moon, but I have not found it yet.
How Did I Get Into HIM? I love Math (I wanted to be a Math teacher) and Healthcare. I started looking into how I could combine those two things & I met Sara Grostick. I began as a supervisor when I graduated with my BS. Sara encouraged me to start teaching once I got my Master’s. I have loved growing in different HIM capacities & teaching throughout my career.
Professional Advice
Make sure everyone feels a sense of belonging.
Connect with me on LinkedIn

AAHIM Clinical Validation Webinar

April 7, 2022
10:00-12:00 CST

Join AAHIM for an informative webinar and hear about clinical validation that will: Define clinical validation; Explain the distinction between coding regulations and CMS billing regulations and applicable statutes; Articulate solutions to these conflicting imperatives.

Click Here to Register

2022 Annual Meeting

April 25-27, 2022

Orange Beach Convention Center
Orange Beach, AL

Registration is OPEN.
Click Here to Register

Upcoming Regional Council Dates


  • April 15, 2022
  • June 17, 2022


  • April 12, 2022
  • June 9, 2022

West Alabama 

  • April 21, 2022
  • June 23, 2022
  • August 18, 2022
  • December 22, 2022


  • May 18, 2022
  • July 20, 2022
  • September 21, 2022
  • November 16, 2022
 Please contact Karen Price at with any questions.
AHIMA 2022 Nominations and Elections Call to Volunteer  

AHIMA 2022 Nominations and Elections Call to Volunteer

The AHIMA Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to serve in AHIMA volunteer leadership positions, to fill the positions of:
  • One AHIMA President/Chair-elect
  • Three Directors for the Board of Directors
  • One CCHIIM Commissioner (1 position; CCHIIM is looking for candidates who hold one of the following credentials: CDIP, CHDA, or CHP)
  • Two open positions for Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) Member
  • One Speaker-elect for the House of Delegates
Please click here  to read the descriptions of each position. Positions are located mid-way down the page under Term-Based: 1-3 years. If you are interested in applying for multiple positions, you will need to complete an application for each position.

Mentee Opportunity

Do you have a completed project? Are you currently working on an HIM-related project?

Dr. Shannon Houser, member of AAHIM Board of Directors, chair of Research and Data Analytics Committee, would like to offer her services and expertise to work with you and possibly to publish or present your work. Contact Dr. Houser at to discuss further.
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