"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
As the country reels from the recent deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, now, more than ever, is our time as health care leaders to acknowledge and address how racial inequities impact our staff and the patient populations which we serve and work to create safe spaces for reporting and discussing inequity.
The Western Florida Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives acknowledges the atrocities taking place within the African American community and stand in support of ending the violence, injustice, and intolerance of people of color. We have always placed diversity and inclusion as a top priority, and we will continue to work with leaders to improve the diversification of leadership, which should match our diverse patient populations and surrounding communities.
Together as leaders we can work to eliminate health disparities, health inequities, and partner with colleges and universities to provide more diverse and inclusive pathways to leadership. Our long-term commitment to the improvement of diversity and inclusion in health care leadership includes:
- Conducting an ongoing assessment of diversity in our chapter area
- Creating a survey to gain further insight into perceptions of diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Reviewing current composition of all chapter committees and set goals to increase diversity.
- Encouraging recruitment of minorities and women through the nomination committee.
- Discussing the recruitment of minority interns/fellows with potential fellowship sites -.
- Developing a scholarship and including support for specific population groups, i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and LGBTQ for education/Congress expenses.
While we may not have all of the solutions to the racial inequities, we surely can continue doing our part in reducing and eliminating those inequities and collaborating with the community to address the needs of quality healthcare and diversified leadership. During this time, we ask that we all work together to support, encourage, and uplift each other.
Lead with Humanity
Veronique Perry, MSHA, MBA
Director of Diversity and Inclusion