President’s Message

2023 President, AAHID
CRGA Design
Baltimore, MD

May 2023

As we reflect on 2022, we have a lot to be thankful for. We welcomed thirty new CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designers® to our community. We had a wonderful year of engagement with our fellow CHIDs and our Industry Partners. We engaged with our certificants and Industry Partners in six Community Connections events. We were recognized as leaders in the healthcare industry as several of our certificants served as jurors for the 2022 Touchstone and Nightingale Awards and three of our CHIDs were appointed to serve on the 2026 Facility Guidelines Institute Health Guidelines Revision Committee. Many of our CHIDs presented educational sessions and coaching workshops at national conferences throughout the year to share their knowledge and expertise.Most importantly, our Board of Directors worked together to develop a strategic plan to guide us forward for the coming years. We solidified the mission and vision for the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID), and we defined the four pillars of our strategic plan.

  • Developing a diverse community that connects our CHIDs, industry partners, and the greater healthcare industry by Creating Community

  • Contributing to the knowledge base of our community through Education and Research

  • Advocating for the recognition of AAHID through our efforts to promote greater Recognition and Outreach

  • Ensuring the continuity of the organization by retaining our CHIDs and recruiting new examination candidates through our focus on Organizational Continuity

We have found, as we move forward into 2023 to begin the implementation of our strategic plan, that it takes a village. We have made a concerted effort to engage more of our CHIDs in the day-to-day work of achieving our goals through the work of our committees, and through this work, we are strengthening our community. Our Marketing and Outreach Committees are tackling big goals. The team is advocating for recognition of AAHID through partnering with our allied professional organizations and our industry partners on collaborative efforts including social media campaigns, research, and educational opportunities. We are speaking with healthcare organizations about the importance of having a CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® on their project teams. The team is recruiting examination candidates and supporting them through study preparation groups and mentorship opportunities. We are reaching out to colleges and universities and speaking to design students about the importance of healthcare design to help build the next generation of CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designers®. All these efforts help us to ensure the continuity of our organization and increase the value of the CHID credential. Please reach out to us at if you would like to get more involved in our community. Finally, keep an eye on your inbox and your social media platforms for more news from AAHID and please join us for our 2023 Community Connection Series of engagement and educational opportunities. We have a lot of activities planned and we welcome your involvement. It takes a village!
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