STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

 

New Mexico Healthcare Executives

 

 

New Mexico Healthcare Executives (NMHE) is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The chapter serves New Mexico, a majority-minority frontier state. NMHE's diversity policy aligns with ACHE's, embracing diversity within the healthcare management field and recognizing that issue as both an ethical and business imperative. We encourage healthcare organizations in New Mexico to cultivate and foster diversity and inclusion across the ranks of healthcare personnel. NMHE considers diversity to be an inclusive term, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex (M/F), gender (LGBTQ), geography (urban/rural/frontier), and age.

 

In order to support our members in learning about diversity and approaches to developing diversity-promoting and sustaining policies and environments in their organizations, our chapter has, among other efforts:

 

  • Established a Diversity Working Group to drive the chapter's diversity initiatives;

  • Formed a leadership group (Board of Directors, committee chairs, etc.) drawn from

    diverse communities and organizations representative of the communities we serve;

  • Established a mentorship program that acknowledges the role of diversity in the

    mentorship/protege relationship;

  • Prioritized inclusion and diversity in the selection of topics and speakers for our

    educational programming and community service events;

  • Partnered with community non-profits that serve diverse communities.

 

In addition, our chapter is developing ways to make our programming more accessible to our colleagues in rural and frontier communities. New Mexico is a sparsely populated but vast state (121,589 sq mi), with large travel distances and limited access to healthcare. Providers and staff, including healthcare executives, can be difficult to retain in rural and frontier areas for myriad reasons, including the feeling of professional isolation. This directly impacts the health and welfare of our rural and frontier populations. Our rural and frontier populations are primarily socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or racially and ethnically diverse populations, including tribal populations (only Alaska has a larger proportion of American Indian/Alaska Native inhabitants than New Mexico). In order to support our colleagues and, in turn, our rural and frontier populations, this initiative acknowledging the importance of geographic diversity and inclusion is a priority for our chapter.