HIMSS Foundation

The HIMSS Foundation provides educational and professional opportunities to prepare the next generation of health information and technology leaders for the digital health workforce.

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Our Impact

The HIMSS Foundation is passionate about leading the way for the future digital health workforce. Through scholarships, grants, internships and externships, we provide educational and professional opportunities to prepare the next generation of health information and technology leaders that is representative of the patients they serve.

Launched in 1996, the HIMSS Foundation has supported 65+ students with $260,000+ in scholarships to pursue their education in digital health, information and management systems. We have provided hands-on training to 150+ students, helping guide health policy and informatics education.

Beginning in 2021, the HIMSS Foundation funded $25,000 for two educational programs to increase the diversity in the digital health workforce: the CAHIMSSM Grant for Minority Professionals and Students, and the Emerging Healthcare Leaders Program.

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Supporting the Future

Scholarships

The HIMSS Foundation funds several scholarships annually for HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrate the potential to be future health information and technology leaders. Recipients receive financial awards and complimentary access to the HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition (restrictions may apply). View previous awardees.

The call for scholarship applications for 2021 is closed. The next application period will open late summer/early fall 2022. For more information, email us.

Meet our 2022 recipients

These HIMSS chapters have established 2022 scholarships through the HIMSS Foundation to promote the development of emerging healthcare leaders in health information and technology:

  • HIMSS Georgia Chapter
  • HIMSS South Florida Chapter
  • HIMSS South Texas Chapter

HIMSS Student Members of these chapters who are attending schools within the chapters’ regions are eligible to apply. Applicants must be current HIMSS Student Members in good standing and actively taking coursework in an accredited undergraduate, masters or doctoral program related to the health information and technology or healthcare management systems fields at the time the scholarship is awarded. Only fully completed online applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

Applicants cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS, or serving on HIMSS Board of Directors or any HIMSS Advisory Boards. Scholarship judges and previous HIMSS Foundation Scholarship recipients are also exempt.

Some HIMSS chapters also provide scholarships outside of the HIMSS Foundation. Check their websites for more information.

The HIMSS Foundation awards two $5,000 HIMSS Student Member scholarships annually: one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. Undergraduate applicants must be at least first-term juniors when the scholarship is awarded. The application requires a resume or CV and two letters of recommendation from peers, colleagues, managers or professors. Letters of recommendation from Selection Committee judges are discouraged.

Applicants must be current HIMSS Student Members in good standing and actively taking coursework in an accredited undergraduate or masters program related to the health information and technology or healthcare management systems fields at the time the scholarship is awarded. Only fully completed online applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

Applicants cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS, or serving on HIMSS Board of Directors or any HIMSS Advisory Boards. Scholarship judges and previous HIMSS Foundation Scholarship recipients are also exempt.

This scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree that engenders the use of management engineering. Undergraduate applicants must be at least first-term juniors when the scholarship is awarded. The application requires two letters of recommendation from peers, colleagues, managers or professors. Letters of recommendation from Selection Committee judges are discouraged.

Applicants must be current HIMSS Student Members in good standing and actively taking coursework in an accredited undergraduate, masters or doctoral program related to the health information and technology or healthcare management systems fields at the time the scholarship is awarded. Only fully completed online applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

Applicants cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS, or serving on HIMSS Board of Directors or any HIMSS Advisory Boards. Scholarship judges and previous HIMSS Foundation Scholarship recipients are also exempt.

This scholarship is awarded to a student that embraces the use of digital health or technology-enabled workflow innovation in support of the HIMSS mission to reform the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology. Undergraduate applicants must be at least first-term juniors when the scholarship is awarded.

The submission should identify and highlight metrics for success in either an operations or clinical workflow improvement and include one of these scenarios:

  1. Apply or reference any common industry business framework to a workflow redesign project that is designed to move beyond the basics
  2. Identify new tools, articulate tactics and design roadmaps to simplify the adoption and scalability of new care model innovations by other health organizations
  3. Present relevant, practical and new innovations that will employ digital health to improve care delivery, the consumer experience, and/or the usability of health information systems

Applicants must be current HIMSS Student Members in good standing and actively taking coursework in an accredited undergraduate, masters or doctoral program related to the health information and technology or healthcare management systems fields at the time the scholarship is awarded. Only fully completed online applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

Applicants cannot be currently employed by HIMSS, engaged in a consulting contract with any component of HIMSS, or serving on HIMSS Board of Directors or any HIMSS Advisory Boards. Scholarship judges and previous HIMSS Foundation Scholarship recipients are also exempt.

Internships

The HIMSS Foundation is committed to providing hands-on experiences for undergraduate and graduate students to broaden their experiences in such areas as policy development, informatics, and health association management to advance their careers and the future of the digital health ecosystem. Student applications are accepted on a rolling basis for the winter, summer and fall semesters.

The public policy internship program provides leadership and professional development experiences for undergraduate and graduate students interested in healthcare and public policy. Whether in the Washington, DC office or remote, these internships offer unique opportunities to gain valuable work experience and knowledge of Congress and federal and state governments. Working on a flexible basis, participants experience a fast-paced, real-world environment that helps prepare them to be future healthcare leaders.

The application period for Fall 2022 will open in July 2022. For more information, email us.

The Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Scholars Informatics Internship provides two interns (one U.S., one global) seeking a healthcare master’s degree or doctorate with the opportunity to grow their health informatics knowledge and skill set. Supported by the HIMSS Foundation, this internship enables recipients to:

  • Enhance their knowledge of health informatics education and practice
  • Engage in activities that promote health informatics through education and advocacy
  • Develop mentoring relationships with community leaders

The application period for Fall 2022 will open in July 2022. For more information, email us.

Grants

Through grant funding, the HIMSS Foundation provides opportunities for current and emerging professionals to diversify the digital health workforce.

The HIMSS Foundation has partnered with the HIMSS Global Health Equity Network to offer this new grant to help prepare underrepresented health information and technology professionals and students to attain the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS)sm certification.  

The 2021 CAHIMS Grant for Minority Professionals and Students is now closed. Please check back in fall 2022 for more information.

Initiatives

HIMSS Gives Back

HIMSS Gives Back is a new initiative through the HIMSS Foundation that taps the collective power of HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition attendees and HIMSS members to make a social impact on our conference host communities. As part of HIMSS22 in Orlando, HIMSS Gives Back is raising funds to benefit Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County, a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure pregnant women have access to care, and to improve maternal and infant health while reducing preterm births, low birth weight babies and infant mortality.

TIGER

The Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative provides the global health workforce with innovative informatics/eHealth tools and resources to transform health for all. The global TIGER network collaborates to integrate informatics/eHealth into healthcare education, certification, practice and research through an inclusive, interdisciplinary, intergenerational approach.

 

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