The MN Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) embraces diversity within the healthcare management field and recognizes that priority as both an ethical and business imperative. We value diversity and initiatives that promote diversity because they can improve the quality of the organization’s workforce. We also actively promote diversity in its leaders and members because diverse participation can serve as a catalyst for improved decision making, increased productivity, and a competitive advantage.
We understand that diversity in healthcare is no longer just about morality, ethics, social justice, or representation. The definition has evolved and today, diversity in healthcare includes the multiple societal factors that affect disparities in care, including environmental and other social determinants.
Notwithstanding these issues, our chapter will support efforts in our State to affect health disparities by embracing and promoting the three core elements as proposed in the 2012 National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparitiesi:
- The collection and use of race, ethnicity and language preference data
- Comprehensive Cultural Competency training among health system leaders and staff
- Strategic efforts to increase diversity in health leadership and governance that reflect the population of Minnesota
Our chapter will promote diversity, cultural competence, and equity through the following strategic initiatives:
Within the Chapter Organization
- Support the efforts of the Minnesota Hospital Association to engage senior professional and member leaders of both organizations in a comprehensive dialogue regarding racial and ethnic disparities in health care processes and outcomes among Minnesotas hospitals and health systems
- The MN ACHE Nominating Committee will identify and promulgate chapter leadership who understand the complexity, opportunities, and challenges of diversity in healthcare; and who, when possible, represent the diversity of Minnesota. The Committee will further broaden its representation by encouraging membership beyond the traditional hospital sector.
- The Chapter will conduct an annual self-assessment of its diversity and inclusion practices and will propose new practices and programs, as appropriate.
Within the healthcare management field:
- Host an annual MN ACHE educational offering on the topic of diversity, cultural competence, and equity.
- Publish at least one chapter newsletter article on the topic(s) of diversity, cultural competence, and equity.
- Develop relationships with the National Association of Health Service Executives, the National Forum of Latino Healthcare Executives, and/or other industry affinity groups to identify opportunities for collaboration
Approved by the MN ACHE Board
i The National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Disparities was issued jointly in 2012 by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Hospital Association, the Catholic Health Association of the United States and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems