OHVMA originated more than 50 years ago as the Ohio Society of Directors of Volunteer Services (OSDVS), an affiliated society of the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA).
Established in 1915, OHA works with member hospitals to meet the healthcare needs of their communities and to create a vision for the future of Ohio's healthcare environment.
Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends. Through representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas.
In 2012 OSDVS became an independent, non-profit organization and changed its name to Ohio Healthcare Volunteer Management Association (OHVMA). We continue today to live our mission: To advance the profession of healthcare volunteer administration through education, leadership, development and networking.