At the beginning of last summer, the executive committee of HMA surveyed our membership with the goal of finding out what people wanted from the association. We were three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we had postponed our annual conference and we were wondering how to best serve our membership. We received valuable input from the people who spent time taking the survey and we put forth plans to act on the common themes we identified.
Members told us that they want educational topics especially around self-care, racism, grief and loss, and quality COVID-19 information. We heard what you said and offered Zoominars for members on all of these topics. Cari Moodie, our Director for Faith Community Nursing, and Amy Armanious our Director for Practice and Education led a team to create a document with guidelines for FCNs to answer the call of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have challenged our leadership team to provide at least one topic per month to educate and inform our membership. We are always willing to get input on topics of interest!
We continue to refer to the survey input as we plan with our new board in this time of a pandemic. The survey told us that 75% of our members wanted communication to be primarily through email. We listened and have decided to send monthly newsletters. We appreciate that there is a delicate balance between good communication and too many emails, so we are discerning in how we reach out.
We heard that members want opportunities to connect across the country. Our Director for Spiritual Leadership, Vanessa Burks County is forming a committee to connect around this area of interest. We are planning to host some Zoom conversations around pertinent topics in regions later this spring. Our upcoming virtual conference will offer opportunities to connect so save the date!