National MT Week May 20-26, 2007 Minimize

Personal and professional change starts with the decision to step out and do something different – something that requires courage, commitment and passion. In an industry being reshaped by new technologies, new methodologies and new processes, evolutionary change is everywhere. The need to stay current with technology and to stretch into new skill areas has prompted medical transcriptionists everywhere to step forward and embrace change.

In 2007, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity will be focusing on both professional and personal change. Recognizing the critical importance of physical health and well-being among our own workforce, AHDI is encouraging MTs to embrace personal change through physical health and fitness in 2007.

To that end, AHDI and its members will embark on a year-long initiative to promote personal fitness and heart health for MTs. The sedentary nature of medical transcription can make it challenging for our workforce to find time for personal health and fitness, and yet heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming 365,000 lives a year — more than the next six leading causes of death combined.

In 2007, AHDI will be supporting the efforts of The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. The campaign, whose ambassador is First Lady Laura Bush, is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), whose goal is to share the “heart” truth with woman around the country – that heart disease is the #1 killer of American women. The symbol for this initiative is a red dress, which was introduced as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002.

AHDI Supports Heart Health in 2007

AHDI is encouraging its members and component groups to participate in women’s heart health awareness through the following events in 2007:

February 2, 2007

National Wear Red Day: National Wear Red Day supports the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. On the first Friday in February each year, women and men across the country can unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease. Make plans to participate in this life-saving awareness observance on February 2, 2007, by wearing red or a Red Dress Pin.

May 26, 2007

AHDI Walk for Red Day: Walk for Red Day is a day set aside during National Medical Transcriptionist Week for AHDI members and component groups to participate in a walk-a-thon with the goal of raising awareness about women’s heart health and raising funds to support both The Heart Truth and sponsorship of fitness celebrity Richard Simmons to the AHDI Annual Convention and Expo in Reno, Nevada, in August of 2007.

August 15-18, 2007

Richard Simmons at ACE: Celebrity fitness guru, Richard Simmons, will be the keynote speaker at AHDI’s 29th Annual Convention & Expo in Reno, Nevada. In addition to delivering what promises to be an inspiring and encouraging keynote address, Richard will also be hosting a fitness class for convention attendees to support AHDI’s efforts in promoting awareness of women’s heart health.

Resources for The Heart Truth

For members or components who wish to include campaign materials and awareness materials, including The Heart Healthy Handbook for Women, to distribute at walk-a-thon and component events in 2007, The Heart Truth provides an incredible array of resources for download. Members and components can also purchase Red Dress pins to promote this initiative among members in 2007. Download The Heart Truth campaign materials here.

For component groups and individuals who wish to coordinate a local Walk-for-Red Day, we have created all the materials you will need to make sure it is a success! Please download and use the forms below for planning and holding your local walk.

Look for further information and announcements about AHDI’s campaign for heart health in Vitals throughout the year in 2007. Any questions about this campaign, its events or initiatives can be emailed directly to Lea Sims, CMT, FAAMT, at lsims@ahdionline.org.

What is MT Week?

Established in 1985 by proclamation from then President Ronald Reagan, National Medical Transcriptionist Week is celebrated annually in the third week of May to bring public and industry-wide attention to the role and contribution of medical transcriptionists in healthcare delivery and clinical documentation. MTs around the country embrace this week as an opportunity to show their support of each other, and MT employers, managers and clients are encouraged to likewise celebrate their medical transcriptionists in the workplace in a unique and special way as well as by participating in national initiatives that promote the profession.