Standing Committees

CMAHC Standing Committees are created to develop and oversee solutions to long-term CMAHC needs related to the management and operational issues of the organization. The committee functions are long-term in nature so membership will be rotated as needed. Standing Committees always need a reserve of Members wishing to serve. 

Annex Revision and Update

The Annex is one of the most popular parts about the MAHC. This Standing Committee spreads the work of updating the MAHC through the entire three-year update cycle.

  • Expand and improve the science- and evidence-based language in the Annex that is key support for MAHC adoption and MAHC users.
    • Review the MAHC Code and Annex to determine if existing Annex content needs updating and, where no Annex information is provided, if content is needed.
    • Identify subject matter experts to update and/or write new Annex sections.
    • Manage completion of Annex language by subject matter experts

1.    Committee members with subject matter expertise to review the MAHC Code and respective Annex content.

2.    Upon review, identify:
  • MAHC sections that lack Annex information but need discussion/explanation;
  • Annex discussion that exists but does not contain explanatory content; it only re-states a MAHC requirement.
    • Mark for deletion if additional explanatory information is not necessary, or
    • Identify content needed.
  • Existing Annex information that needs additional explanation and/or updating.

3.    Identify, work with, and manage subject matter experts delivering complete updates, revisions, and new content.
  • CDC and CMAHC will explore ways to update the Annex during inter-conference periods to best support MAHC adoption needs and MAHC users.

4.    Standing Committee work will continue through all inter-conference periods to more regularly update the Annex and reduce the impact of the short time between CMAHC conferences and CDC releasing the next MAHC edition.

Planned Outcomes
1.    MAHC Annex to be updated during intra-conference periods.

MAHC/ISPSC Consistency

Objectives and Outcomes
  • Identify design criteria inconsistencies between the MAHC and the ISPSC, evaluate the most appropriate science/data-based information, and make recommendations for revisions to the MAHC or ISPSC, as appropriate.

1.    Committee members to identify inconsistencies between the ISPSC and the MAHC design standards.

2.    For identified inconsistencies:
  • Determine which code contains the most appropriate, technically accurate information, and/or the best elements from each code.
  • Evaluate science, best practice and potential for performance-based criteria for item.
  • Make recommendations for revisions to either the MAHC, ISPSC, or both so the most appropriate, technically accurate information is included.
    • Include necessary, supporting information, as specified by the respective organization's code update process.
  • Identify individual(s) to prepare, submit and advocate for the proposed code update using the respective code(s) process.

3.    Publish alternate viewpoints and rationale whenever decisions are not unanimous, this may include alternate viewpoints considered, but not accepted.

4.    Standing Committee work will continue through all inter-conference periods to be able to regularly identify inconsistencies

Vote on the Code - Triennial Conference Organization

Assists with planning the next triennial conference and developing a Standard Operating Procedure to assist future conference organizers. Planning could include: obtaining estimates for breaks/food; identifying facilitators and creating guidance documents for various conference activities including caucus sessions; seeking sponsors for food, livestreaming; etc. Develops a member evaluation form and conducts post-conference evaluation for reporting back to the Executive Director.