Benefits of SHCA Membership
The Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy provides a multitude of resources to further develop your knowledge base. No matter what season you are at in your career, for SHCA members learning is a lifetime opportunity and commitment. The Society offers you a wealth of print and online benefits to keep you abreast of the latest developments in healthcare advocacy while honing your professional skill set. See how SHCA membership will benefit your organization.
Orientate Yourself to Your Member Benefits
SHCA offers you a wealth of benefits to keep you abreast of the latest developments in healthcare while honing your professional skill set. SHCA has prepared a user-friendly presentation to briefly cover all those benefits you now qualify for as a memebr, as well as those optional benefits you can choose to receive as a Personal Membership Group of the American Hospital Association. Watch the 'Getting Started with SHCA' PowerPoint:
Professional Development Opportunities, Resources and Discounts
SHCA Domains of PracticeTM Certificate Program
Whether you are entering the field, climbing the career ladder, or simply want to learn more about various disciplines within patient advocacy, the SHCA Domains of Practice Certificate Program will give you the key knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in your field.
The provide convenient professional development opportunities for those in healthcare that contribute to a positive patient and family experience. Content is developed by expert faculty members who facilitate learning through online discussion and interaction with participants.
The modules (presented in webinar format are approximately 90 minutes in length, Participants hear the presenters by phone and simultaneously view the presentations online.
SHCA's biggest event of the year brings together hundreds of healthcare leaders to enjoy three days of education and networking. Attendees leave the conference equipped with a wealth of strategies, tactics, and solutions to take back to their organizations and implement right away. Regardless of when they register, SHCA members receive a significant discount off the regular registration fee. Click here for more information.
Member discounts on educational programs
The Society is dedicated to strengthening members’ professional skills and is the leading source of educational programming for healthcare consumer advocates. From the intimate atmosphere of the Modules presented in the SHCA Domains of Practice curriculum, to the highly anticipated Annual Conference each year in the spring, there is something for everyone. Society members receive significant discounts each time they attend an education event.
Member discounts on publications
SHCA offers many publications to help you stay on the cutting edge of the profession. And as a SHCA member – you get preferred pricing. Look for the ‘member price’ to calculate your savings today!
Career Center, weekly job opportunity electronic listings
Are you looking to make a career move? Do you need to expand your staff? Reach over 1,200 members via the SHCA Career Center, the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry. Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs.
SHCA encourages all members to participate fully in SHCA activities and advocacy. Opportunities include contributing to SHCA News, participating as faculty for a Domains module or annual conference session, and serving on SHCA committees and task forces. Committees and task forces are formed in the spring and begin their work in the summer. For more information about leadership rolls in SHCA, please review the Leadership Opportunities section of the SHCA website.
Learning Network, peer networking forum
Exclusive member benefit that provides a comprehensive arena to ask and respond to questions about our profession. This e-mail communication tool allows a member to send and receive public messages, questions and answers. It is an instant email community helping members find the answers to their questions gaining knowledge, learning about best practices, and tracking trends in the field.
SHCA Members-Only Online Resources
Learning Network: Templates, Sample Policies and Best Practices
Patient Advocates are faced with questions, issues, or work that you have previously not experienced, but that doesn't mean your colleagues haven't. Each week questions flood in to the SHCA Listserv from our members looking for answers, opinions and peer support on pressing issues in their everyday capacity.
As a SHCA member, you can not only network with fellow patient advocates, but swap best practices and share template files, worksheets, and resources with your peers - all available to download and view in the SHCA Learning Network.
SHCA Membership Directory
SHCA’s exclusive online membership directory provides instant access to the Society’s 1,000 professionals, facilitating a direct communications link to a vibrant network. A great tool for networking, you can search by last name, state, or organization name
Located at www.shca-aha.org , SHCA Online is dedicated to providing support, information and products to assist and connect healthcare consumer and patient advocates in ensuring a healthy future for their community. Members can enjoy direct access to organizational information, link to related sites, and much more. (Limited access for non-members).
Access to Information
AHA News Now, AHA’s daily digest
Located at www.ahanews.com, this email service is designed to deliver news that keeps you informed and successful. To start your subscription to AHA News Now, simply Click Here.
SHCA News, quarterly electronic member newsletter
SHCA's quarterly electronic newsletter brings you the latest healthcare trends, tools, resources and perspective from reputable sources—all tailored to the diverse, but specific needs of SHCA. Members enjoy commentaries on current issues related to the patient experience, a calendar of upcoming events, weekly quotes, helpful hints and links to other informative sites.
SHCA News You Need, bi-monthly electronic industry newsletter
An informative bi-monthly news service especially prepared for patient advocates filled with exceptional news brief features, a compilation of articles and trends from multiple healthcare news sources in one location delivered directly to your inbox! You can also browse products and services from innovative SHCA vendors and partners.
As a Personal Membership of the American Hospital Association, SHCA members enjoy access to:
Located at www.ahadata.com, AHA Data provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate data about the healthcare industry. Sources include over 6,000 hospitals, 55,000 providers and 90,000 contact names. Purchase information about healthcare providers and industry decision-makers online.
AHA's web portal connects almost 40 websites including, aha.org, healthforum.com, ahanews.com, and SHCA online as well as all other AHA Personal Membership Group web pages. Each site exists independently, but information is shared between all sites within the portal. In one search, you will be able to find the latest advocacy issues, news articles, and regulatory information.
AHA Online Store
The AHA Online Store provides a wide variety of items for SHCA members and other healthcare professionals interested in hospitals and healthcare systems. See new products, test online demos and subscribe to thought-provoking magazines, all in one convenient location.
Access to the AHA Resource Center’s services at a discounted rate
The services and products of the AHA Resource Center are designed to assist you in accessing timely, high-quality health services information-quickly and easily. The AHA Resource Center is a vital tool for healthcare leaders and others who need to keep well-informed to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. As a SHCA member, you can provide this valuable research tool to your hospital at a discounted price.