We currently serve in a variety of regional and national leadership organizations addressing Latino diversity in the educational pipeline, Board of Trustees, human resources leadership and supplier diversity in healthcare and business advocacy groups, including:
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS NEW YORK , NEW YORK
The “Community Partnership to Increase Diversity in the Health Professions” is a group of individuals and organizations that came together in the spring of 2003 because of our commitment to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. We are educators, physicians, community leaders, allied and public health professionals, nurses, parents and students who share a vision that together we can be more effective in securing institutional and system-wide changes to increase the diversity of the health care workforce. We work in a wide range of organizations, such as, community-based and civic agencies, schools and colleges, health profession schools, student pipeline programs and health care facilities. Our mission is to advocate “equal opportunity and the elimination of discrimination based on race, language, ethnicity, gender, country of origin, or any other factors that are barriers to entering and advancing as practicing health professionals.”
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FOR DIVERSITY COALITION, WASHINGTON , D.C.
Re-ignited by the Supreme Court decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, anti-affirmative action groups around the country are promising to continue their crusade against racial diversity policies in the coming months. As a result of these latest challenges, AAMC re-established the Health Professionals for Diversity (HPD) Coalition. The coalition convened for the first time in three years on July 29, 2004 at the association's Washington, D.C. headquarters. The HPD Coalition was originally formed in 1996 in response to challenges to affirmative action in California, Texas, and Washington State. The group's aim was to alert the public to the negative effect of eliminating affirmative action as a means of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in higher education and health care. “In the weeks and months ahead, we will be exploring the feasibility of undertaking initiatives in other states, cities, and counties across the land," according to: Ward Connerly who led the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative campaign. Members of the coalition who are involved in other organizations working to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce talked about their initiatives. The Sullivan Commission, named for former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan, MD, was one of the efforts cited. Composed of 15 health, business, and legal professionals and other leaders, the goal of the Sullivan Commission is to recommend policies that would bring about systemic change at America's health professions schools and ultimately eliminate disparities in the nation's healthcare system.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY IN HEATH MANAGEMENT, CHICAGO , ILLINOIS
Division of the American Hospital Association, Founding Board Member
The Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives is a founding member of the National Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Other board members include the presidents of the American Hospital Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Catholic Health Association. The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, collaborates with educators and health services organizations to expand leadership opportunities to ethnic minorities in health services management. The mission of the Institute is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in health services administration and to improve opportunities for professionals already in the health care field. To accomplish its mission, the Institute has designed several initiatives to generate significant long-term results through educational programs, summer enrichment internships, professional development and leadership conferences.
In 1992, a study conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) revealed that minorities represent more than 20 percent of hospital employees but hold less than 1 percent of top level management positions. It also disclosed that minority health care executives with similar education and experience, still made less money, held lower positions and had less job satisfaction than their majority counterparts. A follow up study was conducted in 1997 to include Hispanics and Asians, although the gap has narrowed in some areas, not much had changed.
The study ignited three progressive health care organizations, the American Hospital Association (AHA), ACHE and NAHSE to create the Institute for Diversity in Health Management Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE) joined shortly after and the Institute has recently gained a new partner, the Catholic Health Association. An increasingly diverse workforce, serving a diverse population, needs more diversity in its management in order to meet the varying needs of its patients and employees. Many hospitals, national health care organizations, hospital alliances, health care systems, universities and state associations across the country have become members and supporters of the Institute. Sponsors of the Institute are made up of health care organizations across the country who provide financial support or collaborate with the Institute to meet the goals and objectives of its mission.
NATIONAL HISPANIC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP NETWORK, WASHINGTON , D.C.
FOUNDING STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER
In January 2003, the National Hispanic Medical Association, with funding from the Office of Minority Health/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, convened the first meeting of the National Hispanic Health Professional Leadership Network. The Network of 18 national Hispanic healthcare leaders consists of presidents of the major professional Hispanic health organizations, federal health officers and medical societies, including the National Hispanic Medical Association, Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives, Hispanic Dental Association, and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. The goal is to have a national network of leader to support legislation, promote programs and initiatives and serve as a professional networking forum.
NYS FEDERATION OF HISPANIC CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, NEW YORK , NEW YORK
BOARD MEMBER and 2002-2004 CONVENTION CHAIR
The New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce is a coalition of Hispanic chambers of commerce in New York State comprising both chambers and the presidents of Hispanic professional membership organizations
UNITED STATES HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AUSTIN , TEXAS
DELEGATE, 2004 NATIONAL CONVENTION AND EXPO
Representing the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives, AHHE served as a delegate from Region V to the 25 th Annual Convention and Expo of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES, NEW YORK , NEW YORK
The Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE) is a professional membership organization and a national voluntary organization seeking to foster programs and policies to increase the presence of Hispanics in health administration professions and on Boards of Trustees.