Improving healthcare quality for minorities wont happen without quality diversity efforts among hospitals, according to the newly created American Leadership Council on Diversity in Healthcare. The 20-member council, an initiative of the American Hospital Association affiliate the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Chicago, recently launched an effort to create a certificate program for diversity professionals.
In April, the council named its inaugural officers: Wayne Boatwright, vice president for cultural diversity at Meridian Health System, Neptune, N.J., chairman; Deborah May, assistant vice president for diversity at Jewish Hospital & St. Marys HealthCare, Louisville, Ky.; Juana Slade, director of diversity for AnMed Health, Anderson, S.C.; Wally Leary, director of diversity at Erlanger Health System, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Harry Gibbs, vice president for the office of institutional diversity at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.
Boatwright, a seven-year veteran of healthcare diversity efforts, said the council hopes to be the inaugural class once the certificate course is final in 12 months to 15 months. The certificate will target diversity professionals moving into healthcare, healthcare executives new to diversity promotion and long-term healthcare diversity executives who hope to boost cultural competency efforts within their organizations, he said.