NAHC Board Election to be Held in October
August 11, 2015 08:54 AM
In October, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) membership will have the opportunity to vote for their representatives on the NAHC Board of Directors. To ensure continuity, the NAHC bylaws specify that half of the NAHC Board is up for election each year. Any NAHC member in good standing as of July 1 can run for election to the board or its nominating committee.
The NAHC Board of Directors has the responsibility for making policy decisions and has the responsibility of preserving and protecting NAHC’s assets. The NAHC Board holds three meetings a year, one in January, June and October. Each meeting lasts one day and travel and hotel is paid by NAHC for those who attend the board meetings.
This fall, all NAHC members will have a chance to vote for the position of Vice Chairman and Treasurer. The Vice Chairman shall serve in place of the Chairman in case of his/her absence or inability to serve, and the Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Association and shall report on the financial status of the Association to the membership annually and to the Board of Directors at each regular meeting of the Board. Because of the importance of these two officer positions, prior experience on the Board is a necessary prerequisite to run for either of these positions.
All NAHC members will also have the opportunity to vote for members of the NAHC Nominating Committee. The nominating committee is made up of one representative from each NAHC section (Corporate, Financial Management, Forum of State Associations, Hospice, Institution Sponsored, Official, National Medicaid Action Council, Pediatric, Private Duty, Proprietary, Technology, and Voluntary/Non-Profit) and its job is to select two candidates from among those who submit their names to oppose each other in next year’s October 2016 election.
NAHC members will also have the opportunity to vote for their two specific representatives on the NAHC Board. The first is elected geographically. NAHC is divided into 10 regions following the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services model. Elections will be held in five of the 10 regions this year including Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT), Region III (DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV), Region V (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Region VII (IA, KS, MO, NE), and Region IX (AZ, CA,HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam). In addition, NAHC members also elect a section representative depending on their area of primary interest. The sections which are up for election this year include: Hospice Provider Section, Official Section, Pediatric Section, Proprietary Section, Voluntary/Non-Profit Section, and the Forum of State Associations.
NAHC members who wish to run for the Board should submit a consent to serve form (located here), along with a one-page resume and a photograph. This should follow the standard format because it will be mailed out with the ballot to guide member balloting. The biography prepared by Ruth Constant, NAHC’s past chair, is included as an example. These documents may be submitted to the NAHC offices by mail (228 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003, Attn: Nominating Committee), fax (202-547-3540) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Blake Neilsen at 202-547-7424 or by email at email@example.com.
The NAHC membership will receive their ballots on September 28, 2015, and they will have a month to mark and return them to the independent CPA firm which tabulates the results. The results of the NAHC 2015 election will be announced at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, October 29-30, 2015. Winners will also be notified by mail.