Message from Your ACHE Regent
How do you promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in your workplace? Do you regularly schedule education to further increase awareness and learn what the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion is for your work environment? Does new employee orientation have components that address diversity in the workplace? These are a few of many questions that, as healthcare leaders, we should be asking ourselves. Our business practices are enhanced when we have principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion aligned with daily work. As a result, we will find that we have a more engaged and productive workforce. As you self-reflect on how you promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, I invite you to introduce one new practice or approach on this subject matter this month in your workplace. The ACHE website serves as a resource for you on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well.
ACHE is also a 2020 partner with the Carol Emmott Foundation’s Equity Collaborative. The Collaborative is an active self- leading community of large leading healthcare organizations that are committed to inclusive gender equity within their organizations and the healthcare industry. Many of the organizations involved in the Equity Collaborative have made a three-year commitment to be part of the collaborative. Kudos to Yale New Haven Health for being one of these organizations. And recognition to a past ACHE chairwoman, Gayle L. Capozzalo, FACHE, President and CEO of JGF Strategies, LLC, for her participation as a board member of the Carol Emmott Foundation. More information on the Equity Collaborative can be found on ACHE’s website.
Your chapter continues to promote Diversity Equity and Inclusion to include this week providing a webinar on February 18th, Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Disparities, The Problems, The Promises, The Prognosis”. I encourage you to sign up for the webinar.
Thanks to CTAHE’s President, Kimberly A. Lumia, MSN, RN, FACHE, and the Board for offering members a wide variety of virtual online programs. If you browse the chapter’s website, you will be sure to find a virtual event that meets your leadership or networking needs. And a reminder, ACHE 2021 Congress on Healthcare Leadership will be held virtually, March 22nd – 25th. While we will not be in person with fellow ACHE members, the program content is exceptional.
I’ve written to you in some of my former Regent messages about fostering the profession of healthcare leadership with our students. The recent loss of Chris Roberts, a student board member of CTAHE, reminds me that paying it forward is so important. We have all experienced a variety of feelings with the pandemic and have learned to lead perhaps differently. Please reach out and support the students who are our leaders of tomorrow. If we feel and lead a bit differently than in the past, students need connection with us even more at this time.
Denise Fiore, FACHE
Regent for Connecticut