Diversity and Inclusion Activities
The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to drive diversity and inclusiveness within all aspects of healthcare through empowering, educating, and engaging Georgia healthcare executives.
The Committee, chaired by Jarvis Gray, FACHE, is constantly working on presenting programs and activities to encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Georgia healthcare community. Please visit this page often to learn about the committee’s current activities.
Help GAHE Celebrate Black History Month!
GAHE encourages all members to help us celebrate Black History Month. Please share the banners below on your social media pages and link back to www. gahe.org.
Black History Month Messages from GAHE’s Leadership
Message from GAHE’s President
Greetings Fellow GAHE members,
This month is dedicated to celebrating the multitude of African Americans and their influential heritage made throughout the history of the United States. We embrace the importance of celebrating the accomplishments and impacts made throughout the year, this month ensures we are given the grounded importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
In 2021 a Diversity and Inclusion Committee was established to ensure a voice is given to all members and to truly celebrate our differences. This year Black History Month is focused on Health and Wellness, and what a fantastic topic for GAHE to help strengthen. This year we ask you to join our Diversity and Inclusion committee and our entire board in the celebration of Black History Month. This is the perfect time for our members to engage in opportunities to learn more about each other, successful leadership traits, and how to ensure we are giving a voice to all.
It is an honor to serve our members and to work with the entire board to promote a chapter open to inclusivity, thinking globally, and acting locally. Thank you to the many GAHE members who have worked so hard in making our Diversity and Inclusion council so impactful in such a short time!
John Kueven, FACHE
From Our D&I Committee Chair
Dear GAHE Community,
Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions and impacts that Africans in America have made throughout the course of modern U.S. history.
All too common it’s very easy to acknowledge the shameful past filled with racial injustices, slavery, and other forms of discrimination against blacks in America; so, this year we want to also send a message of recognition for the future of African Americans and the many influences that continue to shape world culture at large.
As you know Black History Month was created back in February of 1926 by Carter G. Woodson who is commonly known as the father of black history. Through his leadership, at the time the month was dedicated as a progression of what was already known as Negro history week, and the month of February specifically was chosen by Woodson for the weeklong observance as it coincides with the birth dates of both former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; two men whose dedication to ending slavery was unmatched by most others at the time.
Thanks to the efforts of so many giants whose shoulders we now stand upon today, by the late 1960s all throughout the civil rights movements Black History Month was officially adopted as a national month of celebration across the United States in 1976.
It’s not commonly known but every year in the celebration of Black History Month there are specific themes, and this year the theme is “Black Health and Wellness”… aligning so incredibly well given our positions as healthcare leaders and public health advocates.
I invite you all to celebrate Black History Month along with me and our GAHE Diversity and Inclusion committee as we continue the great momentum, we experienced in 2021 by bringing paradigm-shifting topics to the forefront and establishing resources in support of GAHE mission to drive diversity and inclusiveness within all aspects of healthcare through empowering, educating, and engaging Georgia healthcare executives. With great urgency and a strong commitment, we will continue our work to eliminate prejudices that are still present in our communities and ensure future health care leaders of all backgrounds feel safe and secure and the ongoing fight to provide high-quality health care to our patients.
Jarvis Gray, FACHE
From Our D&I Committee CoChair
Dear GAHE Members,
During the month of February, as we take an opportunity to celebrate Black History, I’m grateful to be part of an organization like GAHE
that prioritizes people and our collective heritage. One key element of our culture is the commitment to create an inclusive environment where we invite and encourage diverse perspectives, ideas, and people. It is this inclusive approach that allows us to remain competitive and innovative for our employees and patients, now and in the future.
Our country’s historical narrative defines us and helps us remember important markers and milestones in our great American journey. Black History Month is not only an opportunity to build awareness but also about understanding the impact of African American achievements.
Join our GAHE Diversity and Inclusion Committee in celebrating the history, culture, achievements, and resilience of the Black community. This month recognizes the contributions African Americans have made in U.S. history, despite the racism, violence, and other systemic obstacles they have had to overcome.
All my best,
Black History Month Resources and Links
- The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (Black History Month theme creator; a great source for information and events)
- ACHE article, “8 Black Pioneers in Medicine and Healthcare You Should Know”
If you have links and resources you’d like to share, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.