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 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 and meet our 2022 recipients

The call for scholarship applications for 2023 opens Monday, October 3 and closes on Monday, October 31, 2022.

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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 one letter 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.

Many HIMSS chapters provide scholarships for HIMSS Student Members. Contact your local chapter for availability and eligibility. You may find your local chapter contact information here.

This scholarship will not be offered at this time.

This scholarship will not be offered at this time.

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.