Advocacy & Public Policy

Chapter Leaders advocate on behalf of their Chapter to further policy at the state, provincial and local levels to transform health through information and technology. Chapter Advocates collectively participate in the Chapter Advocacy Task Force. The Task Force offers peer-to-peer sharing, training, and educational opportunities to advance chapter advocacy in coordination with the HIMSS Government Relations team and HIMSS key public policy issues. Learn more about advocacy from your peers.

Note: The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) has been re-named the Chapter Advocacy Task Force. The objectives remain the same.

HIMSS's public policy key issues: Interoperability; Connected Health; Cybersecurity & Privacy

Types of Advocacy Activities:

  • Hold an Advocacy Day with meetings with your legislators at the State Capitol
  • Invite government officials and partners to chapter events
  • Educate membership on advocacy priorities
  • Recognize a government official with an award
  • Request a proclamation from your Governor's office to declare State Health IT Day

First time Chapter Advocate or need a refresher? Click HERE for resources to get you started.

See below to identify your advocacy region and your Chair and Regional Vice Chair and to the right for additional resources, including advocacy toolkits, call slides and recordings, recognition opportunities, and public policy news and resources. 

Participate in monthly interactive Chapter Advocacy Task Force calls to stay engaged and learn from your peers. Call recordings posted HERE.

Lauren Wiseman, FY16-18 Chapter Advocacy Task Force Chair and Greater Illinois Chapter Advocate and Hank Fanberg, 2017 Chapter Advocate of the Year and Louisiana Chapter Advocate speak at HIMSS18 about the value of chapter advocacy.

Chapter Advocacy Regional Map

Chapter Advocacy Task Force Leaders and Mentors FY21 - FY22

Task Force Leaders are experienced chapter advocates who volunteered to mentor advocates, moderate discussions, and advance Task Force strategy with the HIMSS Government Relations team. Contact your Chair or Regional Vice Chair for any questions or mentorship on advocacy. Learn more about your CAR Leaders. 

Ian Slade, Southern California Chapter

Vice Chair, Western Region:
Amanda Bergamo, New Mexico Chapter

Vice Chair, Eastern Region
Ed Grogan, Maryland Chapter 

Vice Chair, Midwestern Region:
Jim Kamp, Michigan Chapter

Vice Chair, Southern Region
Nasim Rezanejad, Houston, Texas Chapter




Additional advocacy mentors available:


General Inquiries? Contact Alana Lerer at or Evan Dunne at