All Active and Life members as of Sept. 4, 2020 of the American Association for Respiratory Care may vote online for 2021 officers, directors-at-large, and the specialty section chair* positions.
* NOTE – Only specialty section members may vote for specialty section chairs.
Eligible AARC members will receive an email invitation to vote on Sept. 9 near midnight and weekly reminders thereafter. Voting polls will close on Oct. 9 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.
Carl Hinkson, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, FAARC
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Director, Pulmonary Service Line
House of Delegates Activities:
Elections Committee Questions:
Within your role, and if given the opportunity, how would you incorporate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to uphold, update, and uplift the AARC as an organization, all AARC affiliates, and all AARC members?
As the premier organization representing respiratory therapists the opportunity to promote diversity first comes from listening to the voice of the membership. In my experience, the respiratory therapy profession frequently mirrors the population they serve better than other members of the healthcare team. It is well established that young people are inspired by seeing professionals that look like them doing important work like healthcare. AARC is in a great position to support this ongoing effort to be inclusive and welcoming to underrepresented groups. We know that diversity of representation and different viewpoints can lead to action items that promote equity and inclusion. As a Director at Large, I would prioritize listening to the membership in order to understand, promote, and take action on initiatives that promote these causes.
What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?
The membership is the lifeblood of the AARC. I believe the greatest opportunity for increasing membership can be found by engaging with respiratory therapy students as they transition into the workforce. The RT professional leadership, including affiliate leaders and AARC BOD members all have a fiduciary responsibility to convey the value and importance the role the AARC plays in their profession. The Covid pandemic this year highlight precisely why the AARC is so important. No other organization worked harder to get important and factually correct information relevant to RT’s as did the AARC.
Your role as Director-at-large is to represent the general AARC membership. If given the opportunity to represent, how have you prepared or educated yourself to adequately represent the national membership?
I have spent many years serving in professional volunteerism roles. I became involved in my state society in 2005 as a way of getting involved with my profession and supporting the respiratory profession. I filled various small roles for a few years and then was elected president in 2010 of the Respiratory Care Society of Washington. I also served as Delegate from 2013-2017. I have also served as the Adult Acute Care Section chair from 2018 to 2020. Each of these opportunities have helped prepare me for the challenge of representing the entirety of the respiratory therapy profession.