OAHQ 2019 Fall Newsletter

From the President, Jhera Woodard

Welcome to Fall! We are one quarter away from the end of 2019. As I reflect on the year, I am pleased with OAHQ’s accomplishments and ready for challenges that lie ahead.

2019 goals were as follows:

  1. Provide education relevant to healthcare quality

  2. Remain financially solvent

  3. Maintain viability by sustaining or increasing membership

  4. Remain in the forefront of healthcare through membership who provide a pool of knowledge, competent professionals willing to accept leadership positions

  5. Provide membership with a ballot at annual meeting for board positions

Success was achieved with three of five goals this year…

  1. Annual state conference occurred with new topics (Medicaid, managed care, human trafficking) and two CPHQ review classes were offered (May and July).

  2. Funds were maintained to ensure annual conference and review classes could occur. New venue at Quest was cost effective.

  3. We saw an 18% reduction in membership this year. 2019’s membership is 72, 2018 was 88, and 2017 was 104. In order to sustain this great organization, it will take all of us. OAHQ launched the new website this year, opened a Twitter account, and are working on creating a Facebook account. We would love to have interested members share their talents and volunteer. If you have suggestions on how to increase membership or want to get involved please reach out to us at oahq1119@gmail.com.

  4. We have a diverse group of OAHQ members that bring their talents, skills, and experience. The Board will continue to network and encourage current members to consider volunteering. If you can’t give your time consider promoting the organization at work or on social media to help spread the word about our great organization!

  5. We did not have any nominees to bring forward via ballot for vote this year. We need you…VOLUNTEER WITH OAHQ!

It’s been an interesting year for OAHQ and 2020 will be even better! We will miss our board members that have resigned this year and the dedication that they always gave. Those of us that remain are ready to take the helm and steer this organization into a new year! I personally want to thank each Board member for their tenacity, drive, willingness, and commitment to OAHQ.

Be ready for changes to the conference date and a sneak peek announcement at the end of this newsletter issue regarding a renowned keynote speaking who is confirmed as well. You won’t want to miss it!


OAHQ 2019 Spring Newsletter

From the President, by Jhera Woddard

Dear OAHQ Members,

I am so honored to be able to serve as the President of this organization! I have been attending OAHQ meetings for several years and decided last year to volunteer my talents. I have enjoyed the speakers, the networking, the opportunity to learn, and to gain continuing education. I used to reflect on the conferences and think to myself, what could I bring to this organization? Most of us who work in the quality arena think of ways to make things more functional, more efficient, how to improve, etc. Being a person who has experience in the managed care industry, I also wondered what I could do to help increase awareness and collaboration amongst hospital and managed care industries.

Taking an active role within the organization was a way to make my thoughts become a reality. We’ve incorporated some topics within this year’s conference that provide managed care and Medicaid information. It is a great start to continue to help OAHQ sustain and improve!

We are always looking for volunteers to assist our organization. Perhaps you’ve thought about ways that your talents can be an asset. If you enjoy giving back and appreciate what this organization has done for you…volunteer and help this organization to continue to be successful! We need you…VOLUNTEER WITH OAHQ!

OAHQ 2018 Spring Newsletter and Conference Brochure

From the President, by Patti Klingel

Dear OAHQ Members,

First, I want to thank everyone for allowing me the honor to serve in this wonderful organization. Being a member of OAHQ has given me the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people and literally build lifelong relationships. The support of this organization has provided me with many personal and professional growth experiences that have afforded me opportunities well beyond what I could have ever imagined.

In case you haven’t been a member for very long, let me share a few facts about our organization. OAHQ was originally established in 1979 as the Quality Review Coordinators of Ohio, Inc. In 1992, the name was changed to Ohio Association for Healthcare Quality, Inc. Since we began tracking members in 1997, 2,134 quality nurses, infection control practitioners, case managers, medical records personnel, medical staff services personnel, risk managers, patient safety coordinators, educators, etc., have had a membership with our organization. Just knowing this information shows how dedicated and committed this organization has been to the membership it supports.

I’m happy to announce that we recently had two new members join our Board. Please help me welcome Shari Botts as a member at large and Jhera Woodard as the President-elect. You can read more about them later in the newsletter. We look forward to their fresh ideas and input in the coming months!

While I know you may already be aware, our past, current and future efforts are to support those in quality professional roles or those who seek quality roles in their respective organizations. Therefore, we clearly support those who wish to obtain their Certification in Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). We offer educational opportunities throughout the year and then subsequently support those who have obtained their CPHQ by offering conferences/education throughout the year. OAHQ members are informed of these events first prior to any external communication we may do. If you’d like to be one of the first to know about our upcoming educational opportunities, you can join the OAHQ and you will be the first to be in the know. Just follow this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-oahq-membership-tickets-34558987863?aff=es2 to become a member.