President’s Message

June 2021

A message from the President

Kristin EllingsenDear CHID Certificants, Industry Partners and Colleagues,

Entering the six-month of my term as AAHID President, I am amazed by the ways that AAHID has connected during an extraordinary time and am heartened by the assurance that our community continues to inspire, grow, and learn.

We have all been called upon to solve unforeseen challenges while continuing to design safe spaces for the healthcare industry. I am so proud of the way we have come together as a community and have supported one another.

AAHID provides healthcare interior design education and a specialized examination to meet your needs, to lead the practice and to improve patient care. More than that, we have stayed connected and found creative ways to gather. Last fall, when we could not make it to Healthcare Design in Nashville, we took our Annual Business Meeting and Reception online. How fun was it to ‘Shake It Up!’ at our innovative reception with fellow CHIDs and Industry Partners?

Since then, we established the “AAHID Connection Series.” Our March AAHID Community Connections, which brought together healthcare design experts with multidisciplinary backgrounds to share perspective on the current environment, you can view the recording on the AAHID website. And, we have another exciting webinar planned for CHIDs and Industry Partners in July!

In April, we also connected with future CHIDs with a CHID Exam Candidate Introduction webinar to share insights on candidate eligibility, the application process, exam topics, sample questions, and the exam schedule. Webinar attendance exceeded expectations! The webinar is available for viewing on the website and is an excellent resource to share with prospective candidates.

The (CHID) Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® credential now tallies more than 275 CHIDs, including 37 new certificants who passed the CHID exam in 2020. A new class of designers will take the exam in September.

As the CHID count moves upward, we look forward to the continued connections for the remainder of the year. We look forward to seeing everyone at Environments for Aging in Chattanooga and Healthcare Design in Cleveland.

As we continue to navigate 2021, I wish you continued good health and much happiness.


Kristin Ellingsen, CHID, IIDA, EDAC
2021 President, AAHID
Facilities Space Planner, City of Hope National Medical Center

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