National Association of Health Services Executives Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter to Host Annual Hill Day
NAHSE-WMAC is the local chapter of NAHSE, a national non-profit association of Black health care executives founded in 1968 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of Black health care leaders, and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. Currently, NAHSE is committed to advancing diversity in health care management and leadership positions more broadly, while still focusing on minority and underserved communities. NAHSE professionals represent many different sectors of the health care industry, such as health systems, payers, government agencies, managed care organizations, and consulting firms, as well as government contractors and entrepreneurs seeking to improve health care for all.
“It is crucial that we as minority healthcare leaders take on an active role as advocates for communities of color across the nation,” said NAHSE-WMAC president Charlisa Watson, “we intend for the meetings we have scheduled with key government officials and their staff to be a major opportunity to discuss our concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act, the opioid crisis as it affects minority communities, and funding for safety-net hospitals that provide access to quality healthcare services to countless people in underserved communities.” Health Law attorney Stephanie D. Willis, NAHSE-WMAC’s Law & Public Policy Committee Chair, affirms that “As the Chapter located in the nation’s capital, it is imperative for us to be a voice for our fellow NAHSE chapter’s nationwide on the issues affecting the patients and professionals we serve.”
NAHSE’s purpose is to ensure greater participation of minority groups in the health field. Its basic objective is to develop and maintain a strong viable national body to more effectively have input in the
national health care delivery system. It has provided a vehicle for Blacks to effectively participate in the design, direction and delivery of quality health care to all people.