Should You Join A Professional Organization? If so, which one? - Part 5
AHCAP – Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals
The Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP) is a not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to executive assistants, administrative assistants, and other professionals who support healthcare management. Their mission is “to advance professional development, leadership, value and excellence of healthcare administrative professionals through education, recognition, communication and advocacy.” They have eight value statements covering topics such as respect, diversity, opportunities, educational experience, and innovation. The goal of their organization is “for administrative professionals to be recognized as leaders who support and strengthen the delivery of healthcare.” AHCAP has divided the U.S up into nine different regions instead of individual chapters.
Members are eligible for a variety of benefits, including access to print and online resources, networking opportunities, monthly newsletters, job-search tools, and discounts on educational events and conferences. AHCAP offers two types of membership. General membership, reserved for individuals who provide administrative support to executives and senior management in healthcare organizations such as hospitals, healthcare systems, associations, health plans, and any other organization with healthcare as their primary mission, is $165. Active general members may hold committee and leadership positions. They also offer an associate membership for individuals and companies that support healthcare administrators or provide products or services to the healthcare industry at large. They can be appointed to committees but may not hold leadership positions.
AHCAP also offers a yearly educational conference and the cHAP certification exam. A combination of professional experience, education and other activities allow members to become eligible for the exam. It is an online test designed to measure occupational knowledge and skills. Their conferences focus on various aspects of the workplace, from Microsoft Office training to event planning. They also have designated times for you to network with other professionals.
If you would like to find out more about the Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals, please visit www.ahcap.org or find them on LinkedIn or Facebook.