As AAHCI begins a new membership year, I am pleased to welcome new members and share some exciting plans for the association as we look ahead.
The new AAHCI Steering Committee, which is tasked with recommending the path forward for the Association—including setting priorities for our strategic direction as well as reviewing member services, programs, and meeting themes and locations, is ready to move forward in the year ahead. The composition of the committee reflects our diverse membership and terms are staggered to maintain balance. The new Chair of the Steering Committee is Dr. Nicholas Fisk, deputy vice chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Fisk has taken over the chair position from Dr. Martin Paul, president of Maastricht University, who recently completed his term after serving in an outstanding fashion. The Steering Committee Chair also serves as a full member of the AAHC Board of Directors.
Among new initiatives planned for this year is the further implementation of the Aligned Institutional Mission (AIM) Program™, which is currently in the development phase at six sites around the world. The development phase uses an iterative process, working with the sites and Association staff to provide feedback on the technical and support aspects necessary to advance the program. AIM™ will issue a call for pilot sites in the fall and plans to launch the Pilot Phase in the first quarter of 2017. Sites selected for the pilot phase will be limited to institutions that represent the range of AAHC’s membership and will be engaged in testing the AIM process and products developed during the previous phase.
We also have plans for enhanced and expanded AAHCI Regional Office offerings following an in-depth evaluation of our current Pilot Regional Offices. Our current regional offices are hosted by the National University of Singapore (Southeast Asia), Hamad Medical Corporation (Middle East & North Africa), and Maastricht University (Europe). AAHCI will be issuing a call for applicants to host new regional offices in Latin America and elsewhere in the fall of 2016.
We have an excellent line-up of programs scheduled for the upcoming membership year, including:
- September 22-23, 2016 – Annual Meeting on Academic Health Centers and the Private Sector in San Diego, California, USA
- October 27-28, 2016 – Fall International Meeting on Innovation, Technology and Health: Making it Work in London, Ontario, Canada
- December 1, 2016 – Middle East & North Africa Regional Meeting on How Academic Health Systems Can Be More Responsive to Population Needs, in conjunction with the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Qatar
- December 8-9, 2016 – AAHC Research Meeting on Precision Medicine in Washington, DC, USA
- March 9-10, 2017 – Latin America Regional Meeting on International Collaboration of Academic Health Centers: Improving Global Health, Health Professions Education, and Biomedical Research in Mexico City, Mexico
- May 1-2, 2017 – AAHC Global Issues Forum on Emerging Trends Shaping Research in Academic Health Centers in Washington, DC, USA
- A growing variety of online programs
In addition, we are pleased to introduce a number of new working groups to AAHCI:
- The New and Emerging Academic Health Centers Working Group convenes leaders of new and developing academic health centers and systems to exchange ideas, best practices, and elaborate on the new and innovative models that emerge from their unique positions and locations. If you are interested in joining the discussion, please contact us or fill out this survey.
- The Latin America Working Group is working to provide more regional services, and more meetings within the region to allow members to share knowledge and network.
- The Africa Working Group is working to increase momentum in Africa by enhancing its presence in the region, and planning for an inaugural Africa Regional Meeting to allow members to share knowledge and network.
- Our Nursing Leadership group works in conjunction with the International Learning Collaborative (ILC) to better understand how nursing and nursing schools can contribute to the work and mission of AAHCI.
Please contact us if you have any thoughts or comments about our plans for the coming year. Suggestions and ideas are always welcome and we look forward to continuing to work with you.