Proclaim National Health IT Week

What is a proclamation?

A Proclamation is a ceremonial document issued by the Governor’s office or City Council to commemorate a specific time period for the purpose of raising awareness about state or local efforts.

This proclamation would be to request your Governor or Mayor to proclaim September 23-27, 2019 as U.S. National Health IT Week.

Typically, HIMSS Chapters and U.S. National Health IT Week Partners request a proclamation to celebrate their State Advocacy Day and/or U.S. National Health IT Week (www.healthitweek.org).

Why request a proclamation?

  • Brings awareness to your Chapter’s or organization’s efforts
  • Shows to your legislators and partners how Governor or Mayor values health IT priorities
  • Develop/maintain key relationships with Governor and City Council office

How do I request one?

Click here for a template request letter.

Determine Whether You Want a City or State Proclamation 
Work with your team to decide whether you would prefer a city or state proclamation.

Allow Enough Time
Getting a proclamation takes at least eight weeks. Allow yourself enough time to contact the appropriate authorities, follow the government process and promote the proclamation.

Contact the Office
Check the mayor’s or governor’s office webpages for online request forms or contact the office directly if you have questions. While some offices have a staff member exclusively devoted to proclamations, other staff members who may be of assistance are in public relations, communications, or office management. 

Work Through the Process
Carry out the office’s instructions to request a proclamation.

Promote the Proclamation
Congratulations! Once you have obtained the proclamation, publicize it as part of NHIT Week. Send out a press release, share on social media (#NHITWeek), write a blog, and include it in your e-newsletters. And, please email us a copy or link at info@healthitweek.org!

2018 State/Local Proclamations and Resolutions