First, collaborating with last year’s ambassadors taught me the power of empathy in making an impact on health and healthcare – namely because each person I encountered teemed with this energy of caring determination. Spoiler: It was and continues to be contagious.
Second, and not unexpectedly, those ambassadors left the program better than they found it. At the onset of the HIMSS Social Media Ambassador program a year ago, they pushed me to establish a mission and vision – they encouraged me to name what this program stood for and why we all work so hard to get it off the ground year after year.
What you find below is the result of that collaborative exercise. And as we look ahead to what we have in store for the industry, and what the industry has in store for us, I hope that this mission and vision will be the foundation we need to make social media a conduit for change in an industry that matters so very much to each and every one of us.
I am confident that this year’s class will build upon these values to make it another unforgettable experience while challenging all of us to dig a little deeper and reach a little further to leave this industry better than when we found it.