By Michael Gaspar, Program Manager, Social Media, HIMSS Media
What does it mean to be a social media ambassador?
Our health information technology community is a special one. I joined the HIMSS family five years ago – it was my first major career opportunity in social media. Honestly, I had no idea what I was signing up for. Little did I know what would ensue between October 2011 and today would be some of the most exciting, inspiring and formative years for my life. Why? Put simply: the amazingly talented, passionate, and gracious people that work in this industry. HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador, Tamara StClaire really nails how special this community is in her 2016 National Health IT Week tweet:
Our tribe attends conferences, posts blogs, and hosts Twitter chats. But, we’re genuinely interested in building relationships and collaborating, not only for the benefit of each other, but also for advancing the industry.
The HIMSS Social Media Ambassador program is both a symbol and an actualization of leaders and luminaries that use social media to explore and advance the possibilities for all of us to design a culture of wellness – in health centers and in our daily lives – through the thoughtful use of technology.
What do they do?
Each year HIMSS selects up to 20 health information technology leaders who demonstrate exceptional social media savviness in the advancement of health IT’s mission to improve health of populations. The 2016-2017 class of HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:
A maximum of 20 ambassadors will be selected to work with HIMSS for the 2016-2017 class of Social Media Ambassadors. A new class will be selected in the Fall of 2017. In order to qualify, applicants should meet the following criteria:
Please note: Past participation in the program does not automatically qualify applicants for acceptance. Social Media Ambassador credentials only include complimentary HIMSS17 registration costs and does not extend to travel, lodging, food or other conference-related expenses. The Ambassador credential only applies to individuals, not organizations.
How can I apply?
Applications must be completed and submitted by no later than December 2 at 12 p.m. CT. In the event an applicant is not selected, he or she will have until December 5 to register to attend at the early bird discount rate. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in the order in which their applications were submitted. No late applications will be accepted.
*In the event of professional misconduct HIMSS reserves the right to terminate Social Media Ambassador credentials at any time.