• Women in AMIA Initiative

    By members, for members

Women in AMIA Initiative

The Women in AMIA Initiative is a movement created by and for members. Women in AMIA is committed to informing and inspiring the informatics community toward action around opportunities for women in AMIA to improve health and healthcare.

Women in AMIA is an open group, growing in numbers with the goals of

  • encouraging women to participate in AMIA activities
  • creating new opportunities within AMIA
  • aiding women to reach their professional goals
  • helping women advance their careers
  • promoting equal opportunity and treatment of women in our field

No matter whether you are a mentor, supervisor, colleague, advocate or friend of women (or even a parent of a girl interested in STEM), any AMIA member supporting the Women in AMIA Initiative goals is welcome to join the conversation and roll up your sleeves to accelerate AMIA’s role in transforming health and healthcare.

NEW!!  Women in AMIA – Give us Five Minutes

The Women in AMIA Lifecycle committee asks all AMIA women to participate in a brief survey. The survey is designed to understand how women in informatics view themselves in this field and will help us develop a better understanding of needs and resources for women in informatics and future programming.

Your participation is needed!  www.surveymonkey.com/r/WomenInAMIA2017

Take a look at video message from women in AMIA sharing their “Why Informatics?” stories.

Featured in Video: Marylyn Ritchie, PhD / Tiffany Grant, PhD / Wanda Pratt, PhD, FACMI / Maia Hightower, MD, MPH, MBA / Morgan Harrell, Graduate Student, PhD Candidate / Sandy Galiano, RN, BSN / Vivian Singletary, MBA / Emily Webber, MD, FAAP / Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Connect.  AMIA Connect Online Member Community has a discussion forum that is focused on growing an online community sharing issues of interest to women in AMIA.  This is a members-only community.

Visit connect.amia.org and join us! Login required. 

Send messages to the group once you’ve joined the community, via amia-WIADF@connectedcommunity.org

Be AMIA social!  Share a picture of yourself and your story on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Use the hashtags #WomenInAMIA and #WhyInformatics.


Learn. The Women in AMIA initiative began with the 2015-2020 AMIA Strategic Plan and a special task force focused on understanding and supporting the role of women in AMIA.  The board transitioned the task force to a permanent committee within the volunteer structure—the Women in AMIA Steering Committee.

The committee supports a network of subcommittees working on specific initiatives identified as high-priority by the Board in the strategic plan.

Women in AMIA Subcommittees

  • Awards and Leadership — Identifies, encourages and enables women in applying for and obtaining leadership positions, awards and professional recognition within and outside of AMIA.
  • Career Advancement — Facilitates activities that educate women about navigating the appointment, promotion and/or tenure process for women.
  • Lifecycle — Provides opportunities for women to interact around issues of work/life balance at different life stages and help develop programs that support these identified  lifecycle concerns.
  • Networking and Mentoring —  Creates new networking and mentoring opportunities for women in AMIA.
  • Pipeline — Works with other volunteer groups in AMIA to increase the number of women in AMIA and retain them in the early stages of their career development.

Want to know more about supporting the subcommittee work?  Email Kelly Evans, kelly@amia.org

Grow. We need women to help the Women in AMIA initiative grow!  Share opportunities within AMIA with other women. Encourage them with stories from inspiring women in AMIA and beyond.

Opportunities Available to Women in AMIA

Lead.  Leadership looks like you.  Women in leadership roles send a positive message about what is possible in STEM careers. Nominate yourself or a colleague for AMIA elections, volunteer for a subcommittee, present a working group webinar, participate in the discussion list and encourage others to get involved.  Movements take leaders.  We need you!

With an active group of AMIA members work proactively to understand and counter gender stereotypes. AMIA supports the organizational vision that we prosper through inclusion of diverse members that are supported and empowered to reach their career goals.

AMIA is committed to efforts, communications and actions that demonstrate AMIA’s commitment to diversity regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, race, religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation.