ACH Membership

Membership Types

Associate Member 1 year

(Valid through December 31st of the year in which you join

(in training, retired, post doc, patient, patient advocate, medical resident)

Professional member 2-year

(Calendar years)

($70 in savings! medical fellows, clinicians, educators, researchers, other allied professionals)

Professional Member 1-year

(Valid through December 31st of the year in which you join)

(medical fellows, clinicians, educators, researchers, other allied professionals)

Payment must be received before membership can be activated. Please allow 24 hours for processing.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us directly by calling 859.514.9211 or click here to contact us.

Student Memberships*

(Valid through December 31st of your graduation year)

*The Student Membership is reserved for students in undergraduate and post graduate studies.

Who Should Join The Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH)?

Members of the Academy

  • Focus on the strengths, resources, and needs of patients, physicians and other professionals - both as unique individuals and in relationship to one another.
  • Develop skills that integrate biological, psychosocial, cognitive-emotional and social domains.
  • Apply existing knowledge and scholarship from multiple disciplines and develop new knowledge through research.
  • Promote collaborative relationships between and among healthcare clinicians, patients, and health professions educators and healthcare systems. Incorporate core values of respect, empathy, and genuineness in human relationships through attention to the importance of self-awareness in all activities.
  • Educate clinicians and patients, teachers, and learners to relate more effectively to each other through the practice of relationship-centered healthcare.

Healthcare Clinicians & Trainees

  • improve clinician-patient communications skills
  • improve patient and clinician satisfaction
  • discover information and support
  • reduce malpractice risk
  • reduce stress & enhance well-being

Health Professions Educators

  • master relationship centered care skills
  • discover curriculum essentials- enhance communication, teaching and learning
  • master group facilitation skills

Hospitals, Health Systems

  • improve patient satisfaction ratings
  • improve patient safety
  • increase patient base and referrals
  • create a culture of competence and caring
  • improve healthcare team performance

Risk Managers & Malpractice Insurers

  • improve consumer and patient satisfaction
  • support clinician education and training
  • decrease malpractice claims

Communication Educators and Researchers

  • present your research and develop new ideas
  • network and collaborate with colleagues
  • connect with healthcare clinicians in the field

Patients & Patient Representatives

  • improve patient satisfaction and confidence
  • increase patient knowledge of what to ask and how to communicate with physicians and healthcare team members
  • enhance engagement and participation in care

Member Benefits

Receive Event Registration Discounts

Access To Our Members Only Directory

Free Resources and Webinars

Access To Our Members Only Online Community

New Relationship and Collaboration Opportunities

Institutional Membership

(Valid through December 31st of the year in which the institution joins)

Price varies based on selected plan

Number of Employees to Receive Full BenefitsCost per Member Savings per Member*
6 - 9$240$45
10 - 19$235$50
20 - 49 $230$55
50 - 99$215$70
100 +$215$70

*Based on a 1-Year Individual Professional Membership: $285

Additional Benefit: Any employee of the institutional entity member is allowed to attend ACH events at the ACH member rate