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CHEF Board Takes Strong Stand on Diversity and Inclusion

At their November board meeting, the CHEF Board of Directors voted to create a new Standing Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and a new Director Position to liaison with the committee.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be responsible for developing policies and initiatives that foster an inclusive environment within CHEF that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. An inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society.? In addition, the committee will work to develop and/or maintain strategic relationships with other healthcare societies including, but not limited to, the Asian Health Care Leaders Association (AHCLA), National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). To this point, the Diversity Committee has been a sub-committee under the Membership & Advancement Committee.

The new Director position?s responsibilities would include being a liaison to the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, working to recruit and mentor a chairperson(s) for the committee, help the committee define and execute on its goals and work with other committee chairs and Directors to ensure that initiatives initiated by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee are included in the appropriate chapter activities.

The new Director position will be filled from list of eligible candidates who have submitted their nomination in the 2015 CHEF Board Call for Interest.? The 2015-16 proposed slate will be submitted to the membership in early December.

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