Regent’s Message – Winter 2023

Feb 12, 2023 | Regent's Letter

Welcome to 2023! The new year is a time of optimism and looking to the possibilities ahead.

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” 

-Rainer Maria Rilke

I hope that you have had time to celebrate the successes of the past year, to reflect on what you want from the coming year, and have developed clear goals and plans for 2023 for your professional and personal life. 

According to studies quoted in the popular press, about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. As this and many other articles emphasize, achieving success is a combination of planning for one’s goals as well as finding a system for accountability – whether to yourself or to others. Depending on the goal, you might want to consider sharing your goal and plan with a loved one, a valued mentor, or with a trusted friend or colleague who can encourage you and who can help by emphasizing and aligning their behaviors and actions to support you. 

Finally, the new year has already brought challenges to Northern and Central California with heavy rain and flooding and a tragic shooting event in the first few weeks of 2023. I send encouragement and uplifting wishes out to those who have been impacted through these difficult events.

ACHE Congress 

ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership will be March 20-23, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with peers from across the country as well as gain 12 Face-to-Face education credits needed to certify or recertify as a Fellow. Early bird discounts ($300 off of the basic registration fee) end on Monday, February 27. Register through the conference website here.

Discounted hotel options are available through the conference website through Monday, February 20, 2023. 

California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL) will be partnering with ACHE of Southern California (ACHE SoCal) and San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) to host a California state networking event at the Big Bar in the main conference hotel, Hyatt Regency Chicago, on the evening of Sunday, March 19, 2023.  Registration will be available soon for Northern and Central California ACHE members via the CAHL chapter website.

If you obtained your Fellow credential over the past convocation year (between April 2022, and Congress in March 2023), you’ll have an opportunity for this important milestone to be recognized in person at Congress at the 89th Convocation Ceremony and Reception. This event takes place Sunday, March 19, 2023, from 2-4pm, the day before Congress begins. If you are eligible to be recognized, you will receive information on how to register for this special event; all Congress participants and guests are welcome to attend in the audience. Please reach out to me at if you plan to attend Convocation as a new Fellow as I’ll be in attendance as Regent – I would love to meet you in person after the ceremony at the reception.

2023–2025 ACHE Strategic Plan

ACHE follows a three-year strategic planning cycle and 2022 was year one. The plan builds on the progress made in adapting to the evolving climate for leaders. ACHE is excited to support the field and our local communities, which are best reflected in our chapters and our 48,000 members. Chief among ACHE’s aspirations is to build momentum on diversity, equity and inclusion, while engaging our diversity partners in our next-level DEI strategy. Strong, relevant education delivered in a variety of formats, including virtual, is also top of mind, as is accelerating digital experiences, building on the success of the FACHE and strengthening our partnership with chapters. You can read more about the strategic plan here.

ACHE Graduate Student Scholarships

ACHE offers two graduate student scholarship programs each year; applications are due March 31, 2023.

The Albert C. Dent and Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarships are awarded to full-time students enrolled in health services administration graduate programs to help finance their education. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. ACHE awards up to 15 scholarships between these programs each year. If students are eligible for both, they may apply for both. Only students who are racially and/or ethnically diverse and/or identify as LGBTQ+ are eligible for the Dent scholarship.

For detailed information about eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit:

Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship: designated for racially/ethnically diverse students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program

Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship: designated for students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program:

I wish you well as we start the new year and look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming CAHL and ACHE events!

Philip Chuang, PhD, FACHE

Regent for California – Northern and Central