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The mission of our chapter is to be the premier professional membership society for healthcare executives; to meet it members’ professional, educational, and leadership needs; to promote high ethical standards and conduct; to advance healthcare leadership and management excellence; and to promote and support the mission of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

From the President’s Corner

August 17, 2016: Diversity and Inclusion

Today, I sat through a webinar on Diversity and Inclusion.  There were two chapters that touted their successes in this area of health care.  If you haven’t heard or read, there are two new communities in the ACHE forum.  They are the Asian and LGBT communities.  At first I read that membership had to join one of these communities.  I inquired and ACHE Corporate said that it wasn’t a requirement.
Diversity and Inclusion have been a fast moving part of many chapters of ACHE nationwide.  It’s like, if you aren’t on board, you are falling behind the wagon train.  I’m not sure if this is something that can be forced upon people.  There is still so much to learn about this area of health care, but there are also many references that can be researched and many people within and outside of health care that are subject matter experts in this field of study in the industry.  
South Texas has the highest Hispanic percentage of membership of any chapter in ACHE.  This is something, I believe, is probably due to the high percentage of Hispanic members in this region of the U.S.  One of the articles talked about in the webinar is Why Diversity Programs Fail.  This can be found on the Harvard Business Review website:  https://hbr.org/2016/07/why-diversity-programs-fail.
Another article that I found interesting was the Navy is expected to name a ship after Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk.  I found this on the Military.com website:  http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/07/29/navy-expected-name-ship-gay-rights-activist-harvey-milk.html.
There has been a great deal of attention given to the LBGT community over the past, probably, 5 years or so.  My take on diversity and inclusion is what each individual brings a unique set of skills, culture, and perspectives to the table.  It’s not only about color, religion, sexual orientation, sex, or ethnicity.  I’d like to get your take on diversity and inclusion, and what you think we can do, as a chapter, to further enhance our position in this area. Continue this conversation on Facebook or Twitter!