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A “pay it forward” program to offer membership to healthcare documentation specialists experiencing hardship.

Professional association membership is a pathway to career success. Unfortunately, many healthcare documentation specialists are unemployed or underemployed and cannot currently afford membership. This giving program is about funding AHDI memberships for those in need—giving them access to the resources and professional network to support their career success.


The philosophy is simple: Random acts of kindness by our community to help our community.

When hardship impacts our career and earnings, belonging to and being active in an association can be a crucial ingredient in plotting our next career move. By pooling our funds together, we can help fellow MTs/healthcare documentation specialists gain access to the valuable continuing education, tools, and relationships available through membership to propel them to the next great opportunity.


"I am just so honored, overwhelmed, thrilled, and full of joy right now! My Christmas came a little early this year and blessings abound around me. Thank you for awarding me this most treasured membership to AHDI. I will enjoy every single minute reading Plexus and working on my (free!) CECs! This will keep me in the know and up to date with my credentials and in my wonderful Healthcare Documentation profession. All those wonderful AHDI benefits that are now available to me. I cannot thank you enough…. In turn, and when I am able, I will make sure I pay it forward to help bring this joy into another HDS’s life. That is my mission and goal now. I am so very grateful to AHDI." –Sandra K Roberts, CHDS, Proud member of AHDI


Is it your time to pay it forward?

Contributions online can be made in increments of $10.



If you would prefer to send a contribution for a specific amount, please call AHDI at 800-982-2182 or send a check payable to AHDI (U.S. funds only) and note “Pay It Forward fund” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Attn: Pay It Forward Fund
4120 Dale Rd.
Suite J8-233
Modesto, CA 95356

Please note: contributions to the scholarship fund are not tax deductible.


Applying for a Scholarship

As the program funds grow, membership scholarships will be awarded by lottery/random drawing (timing will vary). Applications may be submitted anytime but will expire after one year. After one year, you may reapply if you were not awarded a scholarship. If an applicant’s hardship is resolved before a membership scholarship is awarded, we kindly request that you to contact AHDI to withdraw your application.

To qualify, an individual must meet the criteria below.

  • Currently unemployed or underemployed and actively seeking a position in healthcare documentation. Examples of underemployment include:
    • Working part-time but seeking full-time work.
    • Job requires significantly less than your skills, education, or availability to work.
    • Working full-time but living below the poverty level.
  • Work experience in the healthcare documentation or health information management field.
  • Cannot afford the cost of AHDI membership.
  • Have access to a computer, internet access, and an email account.

Awarded applicants will receive a one-year AHDI Individual Professional membership. Only one membership scholarship will be awarded per person. Once you receive a membership scholarship, you may not apply to receive a second one.



Scholarship Recipients: Your Commitment and Ours

AHDI will not publicize the names of scholarship recipients. It is entirely your choice to decide if you’d like to share that news or not.

When your AHDI membership is activated, you’ll receive an email notification with information on accessing your benefits. It’s important to follow the links to the AHDI website to log into your account, download the Member Reference Guide, and tour the site.


Now that you’re an AHDI member, it’s time to get engaged—to make the most of your membership. Review the following areas that all offer tremendous value on continuing education and professional networking:

One last thought to keep in mind. When your hardship becomes a distant memory, consider paying it forward by donating to the fund. Your random act of kindness will go a long way in helping another healthcare documentation specialist overcome the challenges they are facing.

Other Information

Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded based on the funds donated to the program. Awarded memberships are not transferable nor may they be redeemed for cash. AHDI reserves the right to modify or discontinue the program at any time.

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