The Value of Our Online Communities1
By Laurie Kendall-Ellis, CAE, Executive Director, Alliance
Alliance online communities are great for connecting our members with each other and with our leadership, creating a powerful communication loop that is available year round.
Communities empower. Through our online communities, we develop relationships, which is integral to engaging our members in feeling comfortable to ask questions, solve problems and recommend initiatives. Our community engaged members contribute positively whether it’s adding to the community discussion, networking at a live event, attending live section meetings, volunteering or any other way members choose to get involved.
Communities transform. The reach of our online communities extends beyond the online discussions. Community structures become a home where opportunities and challenges of the profession and professional are addressed. Our communities generate immense value for you by making knowledge transparent, accessible and trusted.
Community leadership. Community leaders wear many hats, which can leave them spread thin. Step forward to be a co-leader, share in advancing community conversations, sharing resources and more.
Top three member benefits provided by communities
- Networking with peers
- Generating new ideas
- Faster answers
Our Alliance online communities are agents of change and deliver some of the most innovative recommendations. Our online community’s value is compelling and empowers us to support Alliance’s core purpose and value for the benefit of our members.
Be sure to update your Member Profile and connect today! Communities are built around Events, Member Sections and Special Interest Group choices, self-selected by each member in their Member Profile.
Current Member Sections are:
Federal Health Care Educators
Health Care Education Organizations (HCEO)
Hospitals and Health Systems (HHS)
Industry Alliance of CE (IACE)
Medical Education Companies (MEC)
Medical Specialty Societies (MSS)
Professionals with Education Expertise, Resources and Services (PEERS)
State Medical Societies
Current Member Special Interest Groups are:
CE Provider/Supporter Interactions
 References: Association NOW, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, author Sophia Conforti and The Community Roundtable, The State of the Community Management 2019 report.