AHCJ invites members to run for board of directors

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Photo: FutUndBeidl via Flickr

Photo: FutUndBeidl via Flickr

Each year, members in AHCJ’s professional category elect members for the association’s board of directors. Six of the 12 director positions come up for election each year for two-year terms.

AHCJ is built on the wisdom, experience and energy of its members. It is what makes AHCJ a professional home for so many journalists.

Board members are responsible for association policies and statements and work with the executive director on training, financial and other efforts to achieve AHCJ’s strategic goals. They take on committee duties and contribute to association activities, including fundraising, advocacy, helping plan sessions at training events, membership outreach and writing/editing contributions.

Qualified members are invited to declare their candidacy between May 4 and the call for candidates will remain open until May 29. We’ll post candidate statements on our website starting May 25, so it is advantageous to declare well before the declaration deadline.

The election will be conducted June 12-25 via the Internet. Members will be sent an email with the special ballot link. Your vote will remain confidential, although staff will be able to track whether someone attempts to vote more than once. Any duplicate votes used through that special link will cause all votes by that member to be voided.

Winners will be named June 26. Their terms will begin July 1.

You can declare by sending the following to info@healthjournalism.org:

  • A combination bio and candidate statement of up to 400 words. This is your chance to tell the membership who you are and why you want to serve.
  • A head shot to accompany your statement on the website.

Even if you don’t run, please watch for emailed ballots in June and participate in selecting AHCJ’s leadership.

For those of you attending Health Journalism 2015, look for the “Getting Involved” table in the Exhibit Hall during the breaks on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Board members will be available to talk about how AHCJ members can participate in the organization.

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