I am truly honored to be the President of the Connecticut HFMA chapter for the 2018/2019 chapter year.  Being a member of HFMA has had a significant impact for me both personally and professionally.  I have been a member for over 10 years but it wasn’t until I became active about 5 years ago that my story started to change and I saw the true value of my membership.

In today’s challenging times, value is on the forefront and being able to show our members and prospective members the value that HFMA has to offer is a top priority for me as President.  With so many different associations out there it is sometimes hard to decipher what each one offers and the benefits to joining one over the other.  As I have become more involved with HFMA I realized that the true value was in the opportunities the association was providing to me.  I have worked in the healthcare industry my entire career and have learned what a small world it is, especially in Connecticut. Through HFMA I have been able to expand my professional network and develop relationships that have become invaluable in my career.  HFMA has also provided opportunities to further develop my communication and leadership skills through participation in committees and programs.

The healthcare industry is constantly changing and my goal is to provide our members with out of the box education and networking opportunities.  This past year we held our first dodgeball tournament which proved networking can be more than just a happy hour where you attempt to make small talk.  Our Women in Leadership event included networking bingo as an ice breaker to get the conversations flowing, even for the most introverted attendee.    With these types of events, members were able to come together and meet in a manner that encouraged developing meaningful relationships, not just handing out business cards.

This year we are switching up our educational programs and offering a telemedicine event in late fall, which will include a legal and revenue track.  We are also collaborating with the other HFMA chapters in New England to offer an FQHC conference this fall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.   I’m a strong believer that collaboration is the new innovation.  I feel that by working with our neighboring HFMA chapters we can reach more members and offer superior programs.  Be on the lookout for more collaboration with other HFMA chapters as well as other associations who have the same goal in mind.

Finding the right way to reach our members is at the top of our list and this year we are focusing on reaching members via social media.  Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear the latest news and stay up to date on upcoming events.   This year we have also rolled out a new registration platform which we hope will make registering for programs more user friendly.

I would be remised if I didn’t take a moment to thank our dedicated volunteers and our sponsors.  Without you both our Connecticut chapter would not be what it is today.  Thank you for your dedication and support.

We are only as good as our members and look to you to help add to the value of HFMA.  We welcome new ideas and honest feedback so that we can continue to make HFMA the go to association for healthcare.  I encourage each one of you to get more involved and find out how HFMA can help to change your story.