Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Chapter President
“No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow!”
The New Year has kicked off with some great educational webinars for CTAHE members. From a new Early Careerist career series, programming for Physician Leaders, to an incredible keynote presentation on the ‘Elimination of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities: The Problems, The Promise, The Prognosis’ conducted by National Speaker & Thought Leader Sheila Thorne, our committees have continued to present insightful and dynamic virtual events. I send my sincere gratitude to all those who have volunteered their time to present during these educational sessions.
ACHE held their 64th Congress on Healthcare Leadership virtually March 22– 25. The theme this year was “Reimagine Healthcare, Leadership & Solutions”. Speakers included Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Atul Gawande, MD, Surgeon & Entrepreneur, Brigham and Young Women’s Hospital; Keller Rinaudo, co-founder/CEO, Zipline; Amy Walter, national editor, Cook Political Report/host, “The Takeaway”; and many more. The sessions were engaging and provided valuable take-away’s and virtual networking opportunities to the healthcare leaders in attendance.
On March 5th we co-hosted with ACHE of Massachusetts a Virtual Healthcare Fair. This was an excellent venue for job seekers and employers to engage and network for future opportunities across all areas of healthcare including healthcare organizations, pharma, biotech and more. The program began with a Healthcare Human Resource Panel Discussion and Q+A Forum featuring: Natalie Cook, New England Regional VP Human Resources, Prospect Medical Holdings; Carmen C. Kenrich, DVP, Strategic Partnerships, Client Experience Executive, AMN Leadership Solutions and Alison Troup, MBA, Director of Talent Acquisition, Mass General Brigham. Due to the virtual environment and joint efforts of chapters, we had record breaking attendance for both employers and job seekers. I would also like to recognize the three amazing sponsors for the event: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Yale New Haven Health.
Coming up in April, CTAHE is proud to sponsor the 17th annual Yale Healthcare Conference “Behind the Mask Health Equity Lessons from COVID 19” virtually April 15th & April 16th. Then, in partnership with ACHE of Southern California & ACHE of Massachusetts, CTAHE will host a virtual program on April 29th @ 7 – 9:00 pm, “State of Healthcare: Best Practices in Alleviating Healthcare Worker’s Burnout and Fatigue Amidst COVID-19”. East Coast meets West Coast to discuss similarities and differences in healthcare in this creative event!
On May 25th we will hold our 6th Anniversary Golf Outing at Tunxis Country Club. Please keep an eye out for communications and sponsorship opportunities regarding this annual fundraiser for the Chapter. We are happy to share that this year’s capacity will increase to 200 attendees and are even more excited to share that our Annual Meeting has been re-designed, so during the golf outing dinner we will hold the annual ‘board business’ by presenting our annual member awards and board induction. You don’t have to be a golfer to attend, we are offering registration only for just the reception and dinner portion of the event. We can’t wait to welcome all of our members back together for some socially distanced celebrating and networking! Tunxis Country Club has a beautiful outdoor pavilion where we can accommodate everyone as well as keeping everyone safe and healthy for a wonderful evening together.
We will host the second part of the annual meeting in June virtually by offering an extraordinary educational program. Stay tuned for more details and speaker information.
In closing I want to dedicate my spring President’s letter to the entire CTAHE chapter membership & sponsors who have provided care and support internally and externally during the COVID 19 Pandemic. For 2021 we will need to keep focus upon the following healthcare trends as a result of the pandemic, addressing gaps in healthcare equity, spotlight on mental health & wellbeing, adapting well-being needs challenging the healthcare workforce, proliferation of virtual care and reimagining our healthcare delivery system/models.