Chapter Advocacy Roundtable

HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program

With over 50 HIMSS Chapters across the United States, one of HIMSS many strengths is to connect HIMSS members with local, state and national decision-makers on key health IT issues. The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy program provides an opportunity for each HIMSS chapter to elect or appoint one or more members to serve in the Chapter Board level position of Chapter Advocate.

Collectively, HIMSS Chapter Advocates make up the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR). The CAR was established in 2004 to help build grassroots support at the Chapter level. Grassroots outreach is an essential part of an advocacy network. HIMSS seeks to establish strong, local advocacy networks that can be kept current as issues change. Chapters have identified advocacy leaders within their communities in an effort to educate and build "friends" among opinion leaders and lawmakers in their districts. Throughout the United States today, more than 60 HIMSS Chapter Advocates are engaged in planning and facilitating advocacy and public policy activities within their local chapters.


Lauren Wiseman
Chair, CAR
Greater Chicago Chapter

Vice Chairs:

Joy Selleck
Vice Chair, Midwest Region

Richard Moore
Vice Chair, Eastern Region

Chad Cothern
Vice Chair, Southern Region

Shanti Wilson
Vice Chair, Western Region

To learn more about HIMSS Chapter Advocacy:


The following Chapters are still searching for Chapter Advocates:

Indiana North Dakota

 Western Pennsylvania

Midwest GatewayNorthern Ohio

 South Dakota


  Texas, San Antonio





Please email Marielle Kocak or your local chapter, for more information on how to become a Chapter Advocate!