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President's Message Summer 2021
Vice President's Message Summer 2021
Message from Your ACHE Regent - Summer 2021
Leadership and Professional Development
Healthcare Leadership - Thoughts From My Foxhole
Chapter Happenings
Diversity Committee Director Update
STC-ACHE Local Program Councils
2021 STC-ACHE Student Symposium
Programs Committee Update
Programs Committee Update
Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight - Pressanna Parackal
Administrative Notes
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Diversity Committee Director Update
Diversity Director, Jake Reyna-Casanova

Dear ACHE-STC Members,

Can you believe it's already September?! Before we know it, we'll be saying Happy Holidays! However, before we start thinking about all the gifts we have to get, I am excited to share some updates as the Diversity Director and highlight Hispanic Heritage Month.  

Recently, the Diversity Committee met to discuss some upcoming ideas we would like to implement for our chapter. First and foremost, we are in the process of creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement for the chapter that will go on our website. The statement will help us expand on our DEI initiatives and be more inclusive for everyone to benefit from our chapter opportunities fully. Next, as we are able, we would like to start reviewing and collecting additional data about our membership to ensure we embody DEI in all that we do. Ideally, we would also share this information with our members to be more transparent and share best practices for increasing inclusivity at any institution. Additionally, for our next quarterly chapter newsletter, we would like to highlight an organization or individual to recognize the work that it/they are doing to incorporate more DEI to better the health of our community. Lastly, we will be connecting with other diverse membership groups to increase the overall diversity of members across all professional groups. This is already in the works as we plan for our October 1st education session collaborating with the San Antonio Nursing Consortium. As we move forward and continue developing our chapter DEI initiatives, I invite each one of you to be part of the Diversity Committee. Beginning next month, we will be meeting every first Thursday to connect, update each other on our progress, and share new ideas. Please, reach out to me at to be added to the meeting invite!

As we enter the second half of September, I would like to highlight National Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts from September 15th to October 15th. We recognize the many contributions and influences that Hispanic Americans had on the US's history, culture, and achievements during this time. As a fun fact, the commemorative month begins on the 15th because it is the independence day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. If you'd like to participate in the celebration of this month, you can do things such as cook a classic Latin American dish, support Latinx-owned businesses, listen to music by Hispanic artists, or even visit the Frida Kahlo Oasis at the Botanical Garden! While this is a concise list, there are many things you can do throughout the month, and we invite you to share with us on any one of our social media channels so we can also recognize you!

Here are five Hispanic American figures that made great strides in Medicine to learn about this Hispanic Heritage Month:

1. Carlos Juan Finlay, MD – Pioneer in researching and finding the transmission of yellow fever in 1881

2. Severo Ochoa, MD – First Hispanic American to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1959

3. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde, PhD, RN – Created the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in 1975

4. Antonia Novella, MD – First Hispanic and first woman to serve as the US Surgeon General from 1990-1993

5. Helen Rodriguez Trías, MD – First Latina President of the American Health Association in 1993


Jake Reyna-Casanova, MPH
Diversity Director
South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives