Your recent coverage addressing the lack of diversity in the executive ranks in the healthcare industry was commendable ("Minorities see glass ceiling," April 20, p. 3). The articles thoroughly discussed the disparities in the advancement of minorities. However, few solutions were offered.
You also neglected to acknowledge the successes of an organization that has worked for 30 years to promote, develop and advance African-American healthcare leaders.
The National Association of Health Services Executives is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1968 to provide mentoring programs and networking opportunities for African-Americans in healthcare administration, whether they're students or chief executive officers. The NAHSE has sponsored summer internship programs for more than 20 years, maintains an active job bank and publishes a quarterly newsletter for its members.
For the past 13 years the NAHSE has hosted an annual educational conference featuring some of the nation's foremost speakers and practitioners. Through the annual meeting the association has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarship funds to African-American graduate and undergraduate students.
In addition to the national efforts, the NAHSE has 22 geographic chapters around the country that provide local educational services, scholarships and mentoring.
The NAHSE also has led grass-roots efforts to elevate the quality and availability of healthcare services in minority and underserved communities.
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