Reflections on 2022

Feb 1, 2023 | Annual Report

By CAHL Past-President Michael O’Connell, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE 

We are proud of an incredible 2022 as we led ourselves out of a pandemic and explored new ways to connect, discover, and lead. And we are proud of our continued ACHE recognition with the 2022 Award of Chapter Merit for our continued support of membership advancement to fellowship.

Highlights included:

  • New Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Toolkit
    This shared resource available to all CAHL members to advance JEDI initiatives within their own organizations
  • 46.5 hours of Networking and Education
    Both virtual and in-person events ensured we remained connected to, learned from, and were inspired by one another
  • Annual Meeting and Awards
    Hosted in person for the first time since 2019, with over 100 people in attendance and ACHE Board Chair Anthony Armada as keynote speaker.
  • Supported Members’ Advancement to Fellow
    Created two new educational programming series to prepare members for the Board of Governors exam, in collaboration with San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders
  • Statewide College Bowl 2022
    Case competition by graduate students and Jeopardy style competition by undergraduate students were hosted in collaboration with the three California ACHE chapters.
  • ACHE NationaL Networking & Collaboration
    We co-sponsored a networking event at the ACHE National conference with the other California chapters, with over 200 people attending. CAHL members were also active in 20 national ACHE committees.
  • Supported Early-Careerist Healthcare Leaders
    CAHL coordinated school visits with the University of California San Francisco UCSF, University of Phoenix, and University of San Francisco, where healthcare leaders spoke on leadership during COVID, career paths, and healthcare work experience. We also hosted a Fellowship Panel in which former fellows spoke about the value of a healthcare administration fellowship. And we approved of a student chair to join our board meetings to further strengthen the relationship between our chapter and the schools.  
  • Expanded Mentorship Program
    Formal programs were held in both the spring and fall with mentors/mentees ranging from early careerists to senior executives. Our mentor pool increased to 86 mentors (57% increase over 2021).
  • Improved Communication Channels
    We transitioned our quarterly publication to a monthly newsletter, allowing us to highlight networking opportunities more often and creating new chances for members to share insights. 
  • Updated our Bylaws