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The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. We are the leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research. A certificate of accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.

AAAHC currently accredits more than 5,000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings including ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, medical and dental group practices, medical home practices, and managed care organizations, as well as Indian and student health centers, among others. We are also the official accrediting organization for the US Air Force and the US Coast Guard. With a single focus on the ambulatory care community, AAAHC offers organizations a cost-effective, flexible, and collaborative approach to accreditation.


The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. was established in 1980 to develop an accreditation program to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in ambulatory surgery facilities while assuring the public of high standards for patient care and safety in an accredited facility.

Today more than 2000 ambulatory surgery facilities are accredited by AAAASF, the largest not-for-profit accrediting organization in the United States. Many more facilities are in process for accreditation. These numbers have increased dramatically over the last two years. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF stands alone as the program setting the “Gold Standard” for quality patient care.

The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are still unaccredited, operating independent of any peer review and inspection process. A growing number of states and specialty societies, however, are recognizing the need for mandatory accreditation. AAAASF has been and continues to be in the forefront of these legislative efforts.

n 1996, California became the first state to mandate accreditation for all outpatient facilities that administer sedation or general anesthesia. AAAASF was instrumental in the development of the California legislation (AB 595) as well as subsequent laws and regulations in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and many other states. AAAASF accreditation has been approved by some State Departments of Health in lieu of State Licensure.

Many private insurance carriers recognize accreditation by AAAASF for reimbursement of covered procedures. For those insurance carriers that require Medicare certification, AAAASF has a separate program to evaluate and approve facilities for certification by Medicare, using the same peer inspection process that is used for regular accreditation.


AAMA Vision

A CMA (AAMA) for every patient

AAMA Mission

The mission of the American Association of Medical Assistants is to provide the medical assistant professional with education, certification, credential acknowledgment, networking opportunities, scope-of-practice protection, and advocacy for quality patient-centered health care.

CMA (AAMA) Core Values

Actively participate in the delivery of quality health care.
Promote patient safety and well-being.

Contribute to a positive health care experience for patients.
Demonstrate integrity and respect, and protect patient confidentiality.

Advocate the essential value of certification and continuing education.
Embrace change, growth, and learning.


The California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants has been administering the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam since 1990. CCBMA is an approved certification agency recognized by the Medical Board of California.

Mission Statement

To encourage career advancement of California Medical Assistants by administering certification that assesses professional knowledge and promotes public safety by providing quality care as a member of the healthcare team.


**Mission The Community Health Worker Network of NYC exists to advance the Community Health Worker (CHW) practice through education, advocacy, and research, while preserving the identity and character of CHWs.**

**About the Network**

– The Community Health Worker Network of NYC is the only independent professional association of community health workers in New York City.
– The Network is a partner in the New York State Community Health Worker Association.
– The Network represents over 500 members from over 250 organizations.
– The Network is committed to the development of our practice and the principle of self-determination.
– The Network is nationally and internationally recognized as a CHW training center in both core competencies and health-related specialties.
– The Network helps organizations recruit, assess, train, and support CHWs to maximize the CHW contribution to their organization’s mission.
– The Network provides organizational development training for managers and executives with an interest in improving their internal operations and their customer service acumen.
– The Network promotes dialogue among members so they may develop a collective voice to inform policy relevant to their practice and share experiences, concerns, challenges, and successes.
– The Network holds meetings every other month and are open to all interested parties. Find information on meeting dates, times, and location at “Get Connected.”

**The Network advocates for:**

– Recognition of CHWs as agents of change that function within the context of social justice.

– Integration of CHWs into health and social service systems

– CHW voice in policy and practice issues

– CHW training in core competencies and health-related specialties

– Stable financing mechanisms for CHW services for improved career ladder, market, and wages

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The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology is the independent board founded by the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). It was formed in 1955 as an independent certification organization dedicated to improving the quality of dental laboratory technology through voluntary testing and certification of dental laboratories and technicians.

Today the NBC has over 6,500 active Certified Dental Technicians (CDT), 200 active Certified Dental Laboratories (CDL), and 350 Recognized Graduates (RG).

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The New York Association for Ambulatory Care (NYAAC) is a voluntary, nonprofit organization of professionals from various disciplines who have a strong professional commitment to the delivery of ambulatory health care services in its various settings and have a responsibility to the people served in these different health care environments. The commonality of the membership centers on the issues that arise from the delivery of ambulatory care services. Members are employed in the health care industry in various facilities, organizations, companies, and private and governmental agencies, the majority of which are located in the metropolitan New York City area.

Formed in 1966, NYAAC is an organization which fosters professional collegiality among its members through a series of programs featuring speakers whose presentations cover key health care issues. Along with its newsletter and a developing website, NYAAC offers its members a forum to enhance their knowledge and skills, to network, to share ideas, and to stay current in an ever-changing environment.

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The New York Black Nurses Association is a professional organization of African American nurses in the New York City area. New York Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NYBNA) was founded in 1971 by the following visionary nurses: Dr. Allisan Bennett, Charles Hargett, Phyllis Jenkins, Beverly James, Sylvia Jones, Dr. Janice Ruffin and Andre Vialet in response to the growing concern for the health status of the African American. These men and women of vision realized that black nurses had the responsibility of attempting to change the status of health and health care within the Black communities of NYC. When the National Black Nurses Association was later founded, NYBNA became one of its first chapters. The New York Black Nurses Association extends membership to all nurses both RN and LPN and also to nursing students.

Following the leadership of its first president, Charles Hargett, NYBNA continues to offer educational programs at its regular meetings and at special forums. Presenters have included noted practitioners from the field of education, nursing medicine, social services, mental health, politics, finance and administration. NYBNA has collaborations with Helene Fuld College of Nursing, NYU division of Nursing, Lehman college Department of Nursing, Hillcrest and Jane Addams Vocational High School Health Careers Program, as well as NYC Board of Education and Continuing Education Programs. Scholarships are awarded to nursing students through the Vivian Leslie Memorial Scholarship Fund. Vivian Leslie was the fourth president of the NYBNA. A bi-annual Leadership in Practice award is made to a practicing nurse in memory of Maggie Jacobs. Maggie Jacobs, who was a member of NYBNA amongst many other organizations, was also an advocate and educator. With her persistence and hard work, she targeted issues surrounding nursing as well as health care in the community and even globally. Maggie Jacobs’s commitment to nursing was commemorated by the New York State Nurses Association with their highest accolade “Honorary Recognition- for distinguished service to the nursing profession”

NYBNA participates in campaigns for social justice and healthcare issues. Extensive community outreach, health/safety teachings, illness screening and referrals have been made in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association; American Cancer Association; American Red Cross Disaster Health; Mental Health Association of New York City; Link to Life Bone Marrow Registry; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Anhauser-Busch Community Health Mobile; Bronx Community Board #3; Greater Harlem Nursing; Caribbean American Nurses Association; Queens County Black Nurses Association; Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Kappa Eta/Theta Chi Chapters; NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church; Springfield Garden United Methodist Church; Christian Parish of Spiritual Renewal; United Federation of Teachers, African American Health Committee; Injury Prevention Program at Lincoln Medical Health Center; African American Parade Committee, Hispanic Federation, NYC Parks Department, District 37, Quality Work Life.


NYDAA is the professional organization in New York State, Representing ALL dental assistants.


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA’s more than 71,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

Quality information is essential to all aspects of today’s healthcare system. Health information management (HIM) is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines.


The mission of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association shall be to advance, encourage and improve the profession of athletic training (AT) by developing the common interests of its membership for the purpose of enhancing the quality of health care for the physically active in New York State.

NYSATA wants to become your go-to resource for sport-related health and safety information, planning, and assistance! Please visit our Public Resources pages for more information about Athletic Training (AT) and Concussion Management. A substantial list of additional Links and Handouts on sport-related injuries/illnesses, health and safety recommendations, and NYSATA’s professional affiliations are also provided for your information and convenience. For the latest on how NYSATA and ATs are making an impact, check out our ‘Press Releases’ and ‘ATs in the News’.

Other areas of information provided for your convenience include: AT Education and Credentialing/ Certifications , Governmental Affairs , Committee Contacts , NYS Regional Representatives , Membership , and Public outreach in NYS. See how a certified athletic trainer (AT) can be of service to you or your children – as ‘Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer’ and ‘Not All Athletes Wear Jerseys’!


The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is a voluntary national membership association of professional nurses who are committed to the excellence of emergency care. ENA serves its members by achieving the following aims:

– To be the definitive authority on emergency nursing.
– To define the standards of excellence for emergency nursing.
– To promote the specialty of emergency nursing.
– To promote quality emergency care through continuing education activities.
– To be the resource for emergency nursing practice, professionalism, education, research, and consultation.
– To identify and address emergency care issues.
– To work collaboratively with other health-related organizations toward the improvement of emergency care.
– To affirm the ENA Code of Ethics.


The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.

Our staff works with our members to meet their needs through representation in the workplace, advocacy in the halls of government, and provision of quality continuing education and practice standards.

Support and enhance the practice of the registered professional nurse and improve the public’s health by providing leadership in changing the healthcare environment.

Nursing is evolving, innovative, accessible and reflects society’s diversity. Registered professional nurses are recognized as essential providers of healthcare services and the primary advocate for the public. Nurses understand the value of collective power and actively engage in organizations that promote nursing — practice and community involvement.


The mission of the New York State Ophthalmological Society is to associate and affiliate into one organization all reputable Doctors of Medicine and Osteopathy licensed to practice in the State of New York and engaged in the practice of Ophthalmology to:

– Promote the preservation of vision and the prevention of blindness by educating the public concerning the eye, its dysfunction and diseases;
– Promote the effective utilization of the scientific knowledge and medical capabilities of ophthalmology together with those of other related branches of medicine for the benefit of the public;
– Make studies, reports and recommendations on any matter in question involving the socioeconomic interest of ophthalmologists and to present such studies, reports and recommendations together with resolutions and opinions of its members to any person, body or agency, governmental or private, whose action or decisions may affect the interests of physicians or the practice of ophthalmology;
– Collaborate with medical specialty associations and organizations in addressing issues and concerns that affect the overall practice of medicine and ophthalmology;
– Disseminate information concerning the practice of ophthalmology and to inform and educate practitioners of general medicine, other medical specialties, residents, interns and medical students as to the unique scientific and medical capabilities of ophthalmology; and
– Initiate, coordinate and promote meetings of educational and academic interest to ophthalmologists, their staffs, and the general public.


The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society is the only professional society in the state that represents the interests of osteopathic physicians. The organization continues to change and offer advanced membership services. We are your voice in Albany, recent activities include:

– Keep fighting for tort reform, and keep defeating regressive liability proposals.
– Strengthen the new managed care law.
– Tackle tough public health issues, such as new HIV testing rules.
– Work for physicians to have the right of collective negotiations.
– And much more.

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