AHVAP Fellows Designation Program


AHVAP is pleased to announce our new AHVAP Fellows Designation ProgramThe AHVAP Fellows Designation Program aims to recognize and honor exceptional professionals within the field of Value Analysis in Healthcare Value Analysis that are members of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP). To achieve the AHVAP Fellows designation, candidates must meet specific criteria that demonstrate their expertise, contributions, and commitment to advancing value analysis practices in healthcare. The following criteria outline the essential requirements for attaining the prestigious AHVAP Fellows designation:

  • Membership in AHVAP: Candidates must be active members of AHVAP in good standing, demonstrating their commitment to the organization's mission, values, and professional development opportunities. Fellowship is open to all AHVAP members including regular, student, retired, and affiliate that meet the criteria for fellowship designation. 
  • Professional Experience: Candidates must have a minimum of five years of experience in value analysis or an associated role such as national/corporate accounts. This experience should demonstrate a deep understanding of the value analysis process, healthcare supply chain, and cost-saving initiatives.
  • Leadership and Collaboration: Candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and collaboration within their organizations or the broader healthcare community. This may include leading value analysis teams, spearheading successful cost-saving projects, and collaborating with cross-functional stakeholders to drive value-based outcomes.
  • Educational Background and Certifications: Candidates should hold a masters’ degree or higher. Additionally, holding the Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP™) designation is required.
  • Contributions to the Healthcare Industry: Candidates must demonstrate active engagement within the healthcare industry. This may include participation in industry relevant events, workshops, committees, and conferences, as well as contributing to publications, research, or thought leadership in the field of value analysis.
  • Continuing Education and Professional Development: Candidates must have a commitment to continuous learning and professional development in healthcare procurement and value analysis. This can be demonstrated through attending relevant conferences, workshops, webinars, and earning relevant certifications.
  • Advocacy for Value Analysis Best Practices: Candidates should showcase a passion for advocating value analysis best practices and promoting its importance in achieving optimal healthcare outcomes. This may include educating colleagues and stakeholders on value analysis principles and the impact it has on patient care, cost savings, and overall operational efficiency.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Candidates must submit at least two but not more than four letters of recommendation from a supervisor, colleague, or industry peer attesting to their qualifications, leadership abilities, and contributions to the field of healthcare value analysis.
  • Contribution to AHVAP Key Initiatives: Candidates should demonstrate active involvement in AHVAP initiatives, boards, committees, or working groups, and actively contributing to the advancement of AHVAP's vision and mission. 

AHVAP Fellows Designation Program Evaluation:

The AHVAP Fellows Designation Program will use a rigorous evaluation process to review candidates' submissions against the established criteria. An appointed review committee of seasoned value analysis leaders, professionals, and additional healthcare leaders will assess each application thoroughly and objectively. The Fellow’s Committee is appointed annually by the current AHVAP President of the Board of Directors and our inaugural committee roster is below. Because AHVAP is launching this new program, we felt it prudent to utilize outside resources with significant expertise in Fellowship Programs, and as such, we have recruited several national and international experts to assist us with the launch of this program. Our Committee Chair has extensive experience and holds three fellows designations. We have also tapped into our partners at AORN and recruited Dr. Terri Goodman and Dr. Lisa Spruce to assist with this process. They are both deeply involved in the AORN Fellow’s Program, and hold a Fellow’s Designation themselves.  


2023-2024 AHVAP Fellow’s Committee:


Chair: Ruth Carrico, PhD, DNP, FNP-C, CIC, FSHEA, FNAP, FAAN

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (AAN)

Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner, National Academies of Practice (NAP)

Fellow, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

Robert Wood Johnson Executive Fellow


Board Liaison: Elizabeth Eisenberg, MSN, RN, CVAHPTM

AHVAP President



Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (AAN)


Terri Goodman, PhD, RN, CNOR(E), FAORN

Fellow, Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Karen Niven, MS, BSN, RN, CVAHPTM

AHVAP President-Elect



Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner, National Academies of Practice (NAP)

Fellow, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

Fellow, American College of Health Data Management (ACHDM)

Distinguished Life Member and Fellow, Harvard Square (HS)

Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Senior Fellow, Management and Strategy Institute  (MSI) 

Candidates who meet all the criteria are encouraged to apply and submit their fellow’s application and supporting documentation for review by the established deadline. There is a non-refundable application fee of $99.00 to apply for consideration of the Fellow’s Designation. If accepted, the fee for the Fellow’s Designation is $299, and the $99 previously paid application fee will be applied to the balance.  

AHVAP Fellows Program Maintenance and Renewal Criteria: 

 In order to maintain the AHVAP Fellows Designation and continue to use the FAHVAP™ post-nominals, fellows must meet the following criteria:

  • Continuously maintain AHVAP membership at all times
  • Continuously maintain Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP™) board certification 
  • Pay a renewal fee of $199 every three (3) years
  • Abide by the AHVAP Fellows Code of Ethics

Note: The specific criteria and requirements may be subject to updates or revisions as per the AHVAP board's discretion to ensure the program's alignment with emerging trends and best practices in value analysis and nonprofit best practices.

Applications for 2023 are currently closed. Applications for the 2024 Cycle will reopen on May 1, 2024. 

Letters of Recommendations should be submitted to AHVAP HQ via email directly by the Individual Offering the Recommendation. Letters may be emailed in MS Word or Adobe PDF file formats to [email protected]

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