|In This Issue|
|Vice President's Message Summer 2021|
|Kimberly A. Tansey, FACHE|
Since moving to
South Texas, I am always surprised when September rolls around and people start
talking about autumn. The changing of
the seasons is much more subtle here than back east, with less 100-degree days
(in a row, at least) and more school buses getting back on the road. With fall upon us, we will be spending more
time indoors and around groups of people.
In the healthcare sector, that means a potential increase in
transmission rates and a continued increase in our admitted patient
population. Now is not the time to stop
the preventive measures, nor is it the time to send confusing messages to our
community. We must be united about our
support to follow the science and promote access to vaccines and personal
protective gear for everyone, including those most at risk.
For those who attended ACHE Congress this year, you may have seen panelists
speak about getting out into the community to deliver education, medications,
supplies, and vaccines. It takes
out-of-the-box thinking to deliver healthcare to all, and South Texas is poised
to be a leader in this forward thinking.
A group of over 40 volunteers heard the call to improve the living
conditions for a vulnerable population in our own backyard and spent an August
day with SAMMinistries cleaning, painting, organizing, and building toys. Their mission to reduce homelessness in San
Antonio is aligned well with our mission to improve the health of our
community, and our partnership with this charitable organization is one we will
continue to strengthen over the coming years.
Thank you to all who dedicated their time to make this event a success!
We continue to host many events virtually and gradually to introduce some in person
elements. Our upcoming Student and Early
Careerist Symposium will be hosted virtually for the first time ever, while our
fall education event will be our traditional face-to-face style. The Rio Grande Valley local programs council
is hosting a virtual event, and we will be starting our second Board of
Governors’ exam review series virtually soon.
Check our website or Facebook site for updated information.
Your Board is working to make the South Texas Chapter a pillar of excellence in
this community. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or wish to
become further involved. Be well, and I
hope to see you soon!
Kimberly A. Tansey, DPT, FACHE
Vice President / President-Elect, South Texas Chapter of ACHE