ASAM Helps State Chapters by Hosting Web Pages

State chapters may rely on a new resource to inform and educate their members—a web page for state chapters hosted by ASAM. Thanks to the redesign of the ASAM website, these state chapter web pages offer the opportunity to deliver helpful chapter and member information, from event listings to news of hot topics and trends related to their states and the practice of addiction medicine.

ASAM provides training and technical support in guiding chapter presidents and administrators through the process of building web pages. The process is simple, and Hiranthie Stanford, ASAM Manager of Membership and Chapter Relations, can walk chapter administrators or presidents through the process in a short amount of time.

The South Carolina chapter became of one of the first ASAM chapters to take advantage of this service to develop a web page.

“Our chapter is small, and we’ve struggled with putting together an entire website over the last few years,” says Roy E. Smith, M.D., the ASAM South Carolina Chapter President. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the financial resources to hire a professional to design and maintain a website, so when this resource became available through ASAM, it really helped us.”

Dr. Smith says the web page is a valuable new resource for his state’s members, providing them with access to meeting dates, reports, and links to continuing medical education opportunities.

Hiranthie says some chapters are large enough and have the financial resources to host their own websites. But even in those cases, or in the case of a chapter that is small and just getting started, this resource can help with simple tasks, including downloading member lists.

The Massachusetts Society of Addiction Medicine (MASAM) currently hosts its own website, but the chapter has used ASAM’s resources to download member lists and may eventually switch to ASAM’s individual web page in the future, says Lynda Layer, MASAM Administrator.

“It is something we will probably consider in the future because right now, MASAM utilizes a Yahoo website and it might like the connection to the ASAM website,” Layer says.

Anticipating more chapters will take advantage of this ASAM resource, Hiranthie will provide administrators with 30 minutes of training by phone to get started and will be available to answer questions beyond that initial tutorial. Because of his busy schedule, Dr. Smith did not receive training through the initial session, preferring instead to navigate his way on his own after business hours. Yet, he says the support from Hiranthie has been extremely helpful.

“Right now, I am working on learning to post photos, and it is something I enjoy doing after hours,” Dr. Smith says. “But Hiranthie has been great about answering my questions and teaching me what I need to know to move forward.”

Hiranthie says it is easy for chapters to get started; simply contact her at hstanford@asam.org to schedule an initial training session. She also encourages all members to log on to the new ASAM website. The redesigned website allows members to select what specific information they wish to display to the public, to members only, and to keep private.