On behalf of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders Board of Directors, we would like to express our deepest sorrow and heartfelt sympathy to those impacted by the civic unrest experienced over the last few weeks. The loss of life represents continuing inequity, dehumanization and a depersonalization of Americans. We are saddened to think that the war we are fighting is not solely against the viral pandemic that has taken over 100,000 lives, but rather against one another for the color of our skin. This is a much broader issue that has plagued our nation for far too long and needs immediate and deliberate action to drive positive change.
In these times of uncertainty, coming together as one voice to eliminate the atrocities of disparity is required. Expressing our condemnation of these behaviors in a professional and organized way will result in all parties becoming more willing to listen, more inclined to speak honestly, and more accommodating of each other’s perspectives. We as leaders and professionals must renew our focus and unyielding commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity throughout the United States and globally. Deborah Bowen, CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives, in her recent statement addressed the work that we as healthcare leaders must do to address discrimination, health disparities, and support the eradication of racial injustice and violence. We stand in solidarity with ACHE, NAHSE, WHCE, LGBTQ Forum, AHCLF, and all other affinity groups working together to increase awareness and move toward equality.
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity are deeply engrained in the values of our chapter. Our Diversity makes us stronger – it enhances our creativity, productivity, and overall performance. It encourages the search for innovative information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving. Let us come together and capitalize on our Diversity to drive this critically needed change. Only together through innovation and unity can we achieve the results we need.
Thank you all for the support, engagement, and commitment to each other and those we are humbled to serve.
Board of Directors
California Association of Healthcare Leaders