All who attended had a wonderful time – listening to the amazing musical entertainment provided by Marcus Johnson and his trio, networking with like-minded health care professionals and executives, enjoying wonderful food and libations provided by the venue, and most of all, learning from our esteemed honorees, Drs. Louis Sullivan, B. Vindell Washington, and J. Nadine Gracia.
- Former Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan’s words of wisdom addressed the critical need to focus attention outside the walls of hospitals and medical offices in order to transform the future of minority healthcare leadership. Our members were truly inspired by the pathways he forged for minority professionals throughout his career, and are likewise committed to mirroring the efforts of The Sullivan Alliance to grow the pipeline of minority healthcare professionals.
- Dr. B. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), discussed his past professional experience to illustrate how minority professionals must strategically explore the process of innovation to implement solutions to healthcare problems. The Chapter agrees with Dr. Washington’s assessment of the changing paradigm of healthcare delivery and the significant role that ONC will play in that change.
- Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Minority Health at the Office of Minority Health, provided her insights on the great achievements and continuing challenges surrounding healthcare disparities. She gave wonderful tribute to leaders like Dr. Louis W. Sullivan and Dr. Walter Bowie, who spearheaded monumental changes in the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of healthcare leaders in government in the 1980s in response to the dire findings of the Heckler Report.
- After we honored the past and present leaders in healthcare government service, the Chapter made its contribution to the future of health care leadership by providing a $500 scholarship to Charlesey Bond, a current student pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Administration with a specialization in Health Policy and Advocacy. Ms. Bond also works full-time as a Registered Kinesiotherapist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
More importantly, we hope that you continue to financially support the Chapter by becoming a new member or renewing your membership in 2017!
If you would like to join in our event planning efforts for 2017, particularly on the Law & Public Policy Committee, please email Committee Chair Stephanie Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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