Are you interested in becoming an AHIMA-published author? Have a story that you want to share, or a unique perspective on health information management (HIM) that you think could be helpful to others? Several new volunteer writing opportunities with Journal of AHIMA publications have been added to the Engage Volunteer Center. Opportunities include writing as a guest blogger for the Journal of AHIMA blogs such as Code Cracker, Data Revolution, and Documentation Detective, writing for the Working Smart or Coding Notes sections of the magazine, and writing feature articles for the magazine or website.
For many HIM professionals, volunteering is a way for them to engage with their community and work to advance the profession. Volunteering to write for Journal publications offers a potential route for members to build their resume, work with new people, and exercise new skills that they might not get to use often in their daily jobs.
As the experts with real-life experiences and challenges to share, along with the innovative solutions developed along the way, you have unique insights and a fresh perspective to share that could help other members facing similar issues. These volunteer writing opportunities are a way for members to volunteer their expertise and add to their resumes, with a range of options from guest blog posts to feature articles. Some volunteer authors may even be eligible to earn CEU credits.
Volunteers will work directly with AHIMA staff subject matter experts and Journal editors to facilitate, develop, and review an article. Those interested are strongly encouraged to review recent issues of the Journal and articles on http://journal.ahima.org/ to get a feel for the publications. When writing for the Journal blogs, for example, authors might find that a more relaxed, conversational writing style works best.
How to Get Started
- For more information and to volunteer to write for the Journal website, including web features and the Journal of AHIMA blogs, click here.
- For more information and to volunteer to write for the Journal magazine, including Working Smart, Coding Notes, and feature articles, click here.
- To submit an original manuscript to the Journal for consideration, click here.
- For more information on writing opportunities related to coding topics, click here.
- For tips on landing the steps from reader to published writer, check out “From Pen to Press: Publishing Tips for HIM Professionals.”
What to Write About
Journal publications cover an array of topics. Some areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Electronic health records
- Coding and reimbursement
- Information governance
- Health information exchange
- Privacy and security
- Personal health records
Sarah Sheber is web editor/assistant editor at Journal of AHIMA.