Dear Members,

As you know, 2021 was a significant year in the history of HSITAG, as it was our first full year operating as an independent association. Amidst a global pandemic and the formation of the new entity, we achieved notable accomplishments thanks to the incredible dedication of our members. I am excited to share some highlights of a remarkable year for HSITAG.

First and foremost: You, our membership. We are closing out the year with 49 member firms and are thrilled we retained 38 member firms during our transition to the new association as well as gained an additional 11 firms throughout 2021. You are the backbone to HSITAG and we couldn’t deliver on our strategic priorities without your commitment.

Next: Our monthly meetings, which are consistently ranked as the most valued membership benefit. Although we began the year as we had ended 2020–holding virtual meetings through Zoom–once the Covid-19 vaccines became available, we were able to meet in August for the first time in-person since our February 2020 meeting. It was a welcome return for us to gather at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference (MESC) in Boston, and an even greater joy as we met in-person again just a month later at the APHSA-ISM Conference in Cincinnati. I am absolutely delighted to end the year with some holiday cheer with all of you at our December meeting and holiday social in Washington, D.C.

I’m proud we continued to nurture, strengthen and expand our partnerships in the industry through collaborative efforts. Our ongoing participation in the APHSA-ISM conference planning once again contributed to an agenda of timely, relevant and informative content. And, despite the pandemic, the conference boasted 729 on-site attendees who had the opportunity to gather and network in an environment with proper safety precautions. We also continued our collaboration with APHSA on several policy topics, including child care and the child tax credit, and drafted a joint legislative briefing spotlighting the need to improve IT infrastructure in health and human services agencies.

Perhaps the most rewarding achievements of our year were our charitable giving efforts. Once again, HSITAG members went above and beyond participating both virtually and hands-on in #HSITAGgivesback campaigns throughout the year supporting Girls Who Code, So Others Might Eat and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There is no bigger reward than the opportunity to contribute to the broader communities in which we work, live and serve.

It has been my pleasure to serve as your Chair for the past two years and help guide HSITAG to a new, independent future. I am excited for what the new leadership has in store for us and remain as dedicated as ever to the continued success of our association.

Thank you for your contributions and commitment to HSITAG.

Onward to 2022!

With gratitude,
Jacque Gombach

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