The Bylaws of The Human Factors Transforming Healthcare Network
Purpose, Mission, & Vision
The Human Factors Transforming Healthcare (HFTH) Network is designed to enhance healthcare practices through applied and embedded human factors.
To catalyze transformative and sustainable changes in global healthcare by enculturating applied human factors.
Serve as international leaders in providing support, collaboration, and professional expertise for human factors practitioners in healthcare.
2.1 Qualifications and Number
The Board shall be the founding members of the HFTH Network for the first three years. After the first three years, the Board shall be the six elected Officers and one additional Board Member (with an optional two additional Board Members), to make an unequal number for voting purposes.
The term of Officer and Non-Officer Board Members shall be two years. After two years, any Officer and Non-Officer interested in staying on the Board must reapply. The terms shall be staggered so at least two of the Officers shall be elected each election year.
All positions are for two years, but the Chairperson, Clinical Chair, and Public Relations Chair will be elected on odd years. The Secretary, Student Representative, and Membership Chair elected on even years. The Non-Officer Board Members may step down after two years, even or odd years do not apply.
Board members shall not receive compensation for their services.
2.4 General Powers
The business and affairs of the Network shall be managed by the Board, except as otherwise provided in these bylaws. The Board may amend and approve the bylaws. Any changes to the bylaws must be communicated to the Membership.
The Board may designate, from among its Members, one or more committee. Each committee, shall have the authority of the Board, except the following actions:
Distributions of grants or corporate assets (unless authorized by the Board)
The amendment, adoption, or repeal of these bylaws
Sell, lease, exchange, or any other disposition of the Network’s property
Officer Nominating Committee
2.5.1 Officer Nominating Committee Purpose
The primary role and function of the Officer Nominating Committee is to identify Officer candidates.
2.5.2 Officer Nominating Committee Qualifications and Eligibility
The Chairperson appoints the Nominating Committee, while the Immediate Past Chairperson serves as the Chair of the Committee. There must be a minimum of three Members of the Nominating Committee, and always an uneven number of members to prevent voting ties. All Nominating Committee Members must be a Member of the Network in good standing.
Members of the Nominating Committee are not themselves eligible to be nominated or run as an Officer during their time on the Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for collecting nominations, counting ballot votes, and announcing election results to the Membership.
2.5.3 Membership Committee Purpose
The primary role and function of the Membership Committee is to approve and review Membership Applications.
2.5.4 Membership Committee Qualifications and Eligibility
The Membership Chair serves as the Chair of the Membership Committee. The Membership Chair appoints the remaining members of the Membership Committee. There must be a minimum of three Members of the Membership Committee, and always an uneven number of members to prevent voting ties. All Membership Committee Members must be a Member of the Network in good standing.
2.5.5 Events Committee Purpose
The primary role and function of the Events Committee is to plan and execute exciting and interesting events for the Members of the Network.
2.5.6 Events Committee Qualifications and Eligibility
The Public Relations Chair serves as the Chair of the Events Committee. Any Member in good standing may join the Events Committee. There is no limit to the number of members on the Events Committee.
2.6 Board Meetings
Board meetings will be held in-person or using technology. Over the course of a year, the Board will meet at least 10 times. Board members will be expected to attend a minimum of six of the 10 meetings.
60% of the Board in attendance shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is needed to pass any vote brought to the Board, unless otherwise specified in this document.
Any Board Member who misses 50% of the Board meetings each year of his/her term due to unexcused absences shall be removed from the Board.
Non-Officer Board Members
3.1 Qualifications and Eligibility
Non-officer (additional) Board Members must be a Member in good standing, may be from any Membership committee, and may be a past elected Officer. The term of a Non-Officer Board Member shall be two years and any non-Officer interested in staying on the Board must reapply.
3.2 Compensation, Powers, and Removal
Non-Officer Board Members must adhere to all items from article 2.0 “The Board” (2.1 – 2.8) listed above.
While not elected Officers, additional Board Members will be responsible for five primary duties:
Duty of Care: Take care of the Network by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will.
Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the Network’s activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Make decisions that are in the best interest of the Network, not in the best interest of any one individual (e.g., Board Member, Officer, or Member).
Duty of Obedience: Ensure the Network obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that the Network adheres to its stated purpose, mission, and vision.
Duty of Guidance: Provide guidance by contributing to the culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability of the Network.
Duty of Advocacy: Serve as ambassadors and advocates for Human Factors in healthcare.
3.4 Submission Process
In addition to the six Officers, the Board must include one or three additional Non-Officer Board Members from among the Members.
When an additional seat (or seats) become available on the Board, the existing Board must make a call for submissions to all HFTH Members. Any Member (except for HF Apprentices) interested in being on the Board must submit:
A recent CV or resume
A strongly written response to the statement, “Please describe why you would like to be part of the HFTH Board”
A written response to any supplemental questions the current Board may require (when applicable)
Interview times. If necessary, the Board may interview any applicants for a further evaluation
Submissions will be accepted for one month. After submissions are closed, the existing Board will be required to review submissions and vote.
The Nominating Committee will collect all submissions and share them with the rest of the Board.
The Board will review the submissions before gathering (in person or virtually) to vote.
Once voting is complete, the Nominating Committee will contact all applicants to inform them of their acceptance or refusal as a Non-Officer Board Member. The Nominating Committee will announce the results to the Membership after applicants are notified.
There shall be 6 elected Officers of the Network, the Chairperson, Secretary, Public Relations Chair, Membership Chair, Clinical Chair, and Student Representative. Officers may appoint assistant Officers, as they consider necessary.
To be a candidate for Chairperson and Membership Chair, an individual must be a Full Member (Healthcare Human Factors Practitioner) in good standing. To be a candidate for any other Officer position, an individual must be a Member in good standing.
Officers must adhere to the same Term limits as written in article 2.2.
Officers shall not receive compensation for their services.
Any Officer may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the Chairperson. When an Officer resigns, they forfeit their eligibility for any Officer or Non-Officer Board Member position for two years after the date of their resignation.
4.6 Authority and Duties
The Chairperson of the Network is a Full Member, Healthcare Human Factors (HHF) Practitioner of the Network.
The Chairperson shall:
Be the executive Officer of the Network
Oversee all business and affairs of the Network
Provide vision, mission, leadership, and direction to the Network
Provide direction to develop and grow business of the Network
Preside over all meetings of the Network and the Board, unless s/he designates another Member to preside at such meeting(s)
Coordinate the Network activities in collaboration with the rest of the Board
Structure the Network to ensure continuity of leadership and provide mentorship to the next Chairperson
Approve all the Networks communications and events
Mentor the Student Representative
Collaborate with other healthcare organizations to establish affiliations
The Secretary of the Network is a Member of the Network.
The Secretary shall:
Chair the Finance and Budget Committee
Collaborate with other Officers to plan and execute exciting and interesting events for the Members
Supervise and oversee the Chairperson in the management of Network finances
Maintain and supervise Network bank accounts
Prepare and submit financial statements to the Chairperson and Board on a regular basis
Inform Officers of deadlines for reports and other financial duties
Create the agenda for all Board and Member meetings
Record meeting minutes during Board and Member meetings
Distribute meeting minutes to the Board and Members
Work with Public Relations Chair to create Annual Report
4.6.3 Clinical Chair
The Clinical Chair of the network is a Member of the Network and a practicing healthcare worker. This includes healthcare workers at all levels of practice (e.g., physician, pharmacist, nurse, respiratory therapist, radiology technician, care assistant, etc.).
The Clinical Chair shall:
Represent and provide frontline perspective in Board and Network meetings
Recruit other healthcare providers interested in Human Factors
Promote Human Factors within their own practice and research
Advocate for Human Factors education within the realm of healthcare (e.g., graduate Clinical education, nursing, informatics, continuing education, etc.)
4.6.4 Public Relations Chair
The Public Relations Chair of the Network is a Member of the Network.
The Public Relations Chair shall:
Chair the Events Committee
Publicize and promote Network activities and events through email, social media, and the HFTH website
Maintain correspondence records with Members and external parties
Develop and maintain the Network’s website, email, and social media sites
Maintain a list of events and attendance statistics throughout the year for annual report
*Provide a brief design portfolio or proof of design capabilities to update the Network website (Wix)
4.6.5 Membership Chair
The Membership Chair of the Network is a Full Member (HHF Practitioner) of the Network.
The Membership Chair shall:
Chair the Membership Committee
Maintain a roster of Officers and Members, including contact information and locations
Maintain a recruitment program
Approve or deny Membership, with the assistance of the Membership Committee
Work with the Public Relations Chair to establish and deploy a Membership needs assessment survey, as necessary
Re-evaluates the membership requirements each year to ensure accuracy, of understanding, and relevance (as necessary)
4.6.6 Student Representative
The Student Representative of the Network is a student Member (HF Apprentice) of the Network.
The Student Representative shall:
Chair the Student Committee
Recruit other students interested in healthcare and/or human factors
Work with the Student Committee and other Board members to execute student-lead or student-focused events and presentations
Work with the Public Relations Chair to promote and recruit students interested in healthcare human factors via social media
Be mentored by the Chairperson of the Network
The Members shall provide the Officer Nominating Committee with eligible candidates to serve on the Board. If no Members nominate a person to an Officer position, the Nominating Committee may submit nominations for that position(s).
At least three months prior to the Annual Human Factors Ergonomics in Health Care Symposium (or an equivalent time determined by the Board), the Nominating Committee shall send a call for Officer nominations to the Members.
5.2 Officer Nomination/Submission Process
The Nominating Committee shall create a nomination process as appropriate for the position, timeline, and process. Upon agreement, the Nominating Committee shall present the process to the board for approval.
5.2.1 Requirements for nominee eligibility:
Must have served on an HFTH committee for at least one year to be eligible to run for an Officer position
Must be able to allot a minimum of 5 hours a month
If necessary for the position, a design portfolio or proof of design ability to update the HFTH website
5.2.2 Considerations for nominee applications:
A recent CV or resume
A strongly written response to the statement, “Please describe why you would be suited for the [insert Officer position]”
Submit a written response to any supplemental questions (e.g., time commitment, scheduling availability, etc.) the Nominating Committee may request
Submit two letters of recommendations for all Officer positions (except the Student Representative)
From an HFTH Member and/or an external source (not an HFTH Member)
From a Human Factors professional (either embedded in a healthcare organization or non-embedded)
Submit one letter of recommendation for the Student Representative
From a professional (e.g., mentor, professor, HF professional, HHF Practitioner, etc.)
5.3 Election Ballot
The ballot shall include the names of up to three persons for each Officer position.
If any nominee is found ineligible to stand for an Officer position, the name of the person who ranks next in the number of votes, and who is eligible and willing to stand for office, shall be substituted. The names of the nominees for each Officer position shall be listed in alphabetical order on the ballot.
5.4 Voting for Officers
One month after the election ballots are sent, the election shall be closed. The candidate for each position who receives the most votes shall be elected. Any ties will be brought to the Board and resolved by a Board vote.
5.5 Announcing Election Outcomes
All Officer candidates shall be notified of the outcome of the election. The Nominating Committee shall communicate the names of the newly elected Officers to the Members after all Officer candidates have been notified of the election outcome.
6.1 Classifications and Privileges
There are four Member classifications in which members can join the Network. The right to approve and designate classifications for new Members shall be exercised by the Membership Chair and Membership Committee.
6.1.1 Healthcare Human Factors Practitioner (HHF Practitioner)
HHF Practitioners are considered Full Members of the Network and are:
Any person who has a master’s degree or higher in Human Factors/ Human Computer Interaction (HCI) / Industrial Design / Psychology / Engineering / other related disciplines
Employed within a healthcare institution or system which provides some form of direct patient care (e.g., not health-tech, drug manufacturing, Clinical device vendors)
Holding a formal appointment requiring active operational work (e.g., not research or academic)
Titles may include – specialist, consultant, implementation director, engineer, designer, manager, or advisor
Operational appointment should at least be 0.2 FTE (20% of time spent working directly within healthcare institutions on operational issues)
6.1.2 Human Factors (HF) Professional
HF Professionals are considered Members of the Network and are:
Any person possessing a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in human factors or other related discipline
Currently has an active professional career in human factors. Could be any generic or specific HF field (i.e., not required to work in healthcare)
6.1.3 HF Apprentice
HF Apprentices are considered Members of the Network and are:
Any person currently undergoing formal education (bachelor’s degree or higher) in human factors
Any full-time students showing interest in healthcare human factors
6.1.4 HFTH Champion
HFTH Champions are considered Members of the Network and are:
Any person who shares the same HFTH mission and vision (using human factors to improve patient safety, enhance patient care, support care delivery)
Any person interested in learning about and/or advocating for the application of human factors in healthcare
6.2 Application for Membership
A candidate for Membership of the Network shall submit a “Membership Application.” The application shall require submitting a CV/resume, job title, current institution, email address, and selecting a Membership classification.
6.3 Membership Approval
The Membership Committee shall vote to approve any candidates and designate membership classification based on applicants’ qualifications and education.
The Membership Committee have the right to contact any applicant for additional information or clarifications on their Membership Application.
6.4 Termination of Membership
Membership of any classification may be terminated at any time by Member resignation or a majority vote from the Board. Termination of membership by vote will occur if a member has failed to abide by the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Code of Ethics.
6.5 Member Meetings
The Annual Meeting of the Network shall be held at a time and place designated by the Board. Presence of more than 50% of Members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Network. A quorum is needed to pass any vote brought to the Members, unless otherwise specified in this document.
6.6 Reserved Powers of Members
Full Members (HHF Practitioners) in good standing with the Network may vote for all Officer positions, hold any Officer position, and participate in all Network activities.
All other membership-types may vote for all Officer positions, may participate in all Network activities, and may hold any Officer position except for Chairperson and Membership Chair.
The Network may affiliate with other professional organizations to promote common purposes. All affiliations must be presented to and approved by the Board with a majority vote.
Affiliations may be proposed by any Member who sees benefit in the affiliation. Any Member who proposes an approved affiliation may be asked to complete other duties associated with the establishment of the affiliation.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
The HFTH Network celebrates diversity and believes that equity always has a place in healthcare. Our culture is one of inclusion and belonging, where we honor and value the different experiences of our Members. Additionally, the HFTH community extends beyond the Membership of this Network and we must proactively create safe spaces as we work together, recruit members, hold webinars, and consider the implications of our field.