Pay It Forward Scholarship Drive: Your Opportunity to Invest in the Future
By Liz Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, LCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC, Retired CIO
When I look back on my career, I know I would not have reached this point without the opportunities I enjoyed through CHIME to learn, network and be challenged by colleagues who helped me grow and thrive. I suspect many of you feel the same. We have been blessed by having fellow CHIME members with us on our journeys as CIOs and healthcare IT executives.
For some of our members, though, the journey is hampered by limited resources that make it impossible to experience forums and boot camps. They want to attend in-person events but because of budget constraints, they can’t. At CHIME, we want everyone – regardless of their circumstances – to have the chance to be exceptional, to be leaders, to use their expertise to make health and care the best it can be in their communities.
The CHIME Education Foundation has launched a Pay It Forward Campaign to encourage CHIME members to support their fellow members through donations that will fund scholarships for Spring and Fall CHIME Forums and Healthcare CIO Boot Camps. This is more important than ever in our increasingly complex industry that serves an increasingly diverse patient population. As chair of the campaign, I am asking you to invest in your colleagues and in the future of our profession.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in any amount. Every dollar will help. If you are later in your career, think back on how you got here and contribute to the generation that will follow. If you are earlier in your career, consider the vacuum you will face if so many of your colleagues are not beside you to share experiences and lessons. And if you are a beneficiary of a past scholarship, recall how the experience served as a springboard for your career.
You will be helping your fellow CHIME members, but even more the patients they serve.
You can learn more about the campaign and make a donation here. We’d also love the hear from members who received a scholarship and what that meant for them. Please email Rose Lucas, CHIME Foundation executive assistant, at [email protected] if you would like to share your story or have any questions about the Pay It Forward campaign.