The American Hospital Affiliation is including a brand new place inside its senior management that shall be centered on selling the group’s workforce variety, fairness and inclusion methods.
The AHA introduced Thursday that present AHA Vice President of Strategic Coverage Planning Pleasure Lewis has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vp of well being fairness methods.
Lewis, who has been with AHA since 2018, will oversee the affiliation’s variety, fairness and inclusion initiatives to cut back well being and healthcare disparities and construct wholesome communities.
Lewis can even function govt director of the AHA’s Institute for Variety and Well being Fairness, which works to increase management alternatives for ethnic minorities in well being administration.
The brand new place shall be a part of the AHA’s 15-member govt administration core, marking the primary time a task primarily centered on variety points has been added to the affiliation’s senior administration workforce.
“An affiliation displays its members’ priorities – whereas points associated to well being fairness and workforce have been entrance and middle for years, the pandemic has underscored their significance in new methods,” stated AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack in a launched assertion.
In her new position, Lewis can have broad oversight for a number of key affiliation priorities associated to variety, well being fairness and inclusion to help and construct wholesome communities.
Previous to coming to AHA, Lewis labored for greater than a decade at Kaiser Permanente the place she final served as a senior well being coverage chief.
Robyn Begley, who presently serves as chief govt officer of the American Group of Nursing Management in addition to chief nursing officer for the AHA, will take over the position of overseeing the affiliation’s workforce methods, which incorporates main AHA applications like its Doctor Alliance and its Committee on Medical Management.
AHA’s transfer comes at a time when efforts to advertise larger deal with enhancing variety and inclusion inside many healthcare organizations has made sluggish progress.
A latest AHA snapshot survey of 600 hospitals on their present methods to advance well being fairness, variety and inclusion discovered the proportion of C-Suite positions being held by people representing a racial or ethnic minority group was 16% in 2020. A earlier AHA benchmark survey discovered the share of minorities holding govt management positions was solely 11% in 2015.
However the newest survey additionally discovered that greater than half of respondents reported not having a documented plan to extend variety on their board of trustees, whereas one-third indicated their organizations had no acknowledged purpose of accelerating the range inside their govt management.