February is Black History Month. This is a time for us to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the Black community which are numerous and effect all areas of society.

It is also important that we acknowledge the adversity and oppression that Black people have faced for many centuries. This has manifested in the workplace, in the community, and in healthcare.

Disparities in healthcare information, accessibility, and outcomes have negatively affected the Black community. This has manifested in several areas including but not limited to the shortening of life expectancy as well as a greatly increased infant mortality rate for Black babies. These differences are gravely dangerous to the health and wellbeing of Black people. With the social and political climate manifesting as it has it is important to continue to draw attention to these disparities in order to have the ability to address them and bring about positive change. Without a dedicated effort in this space no progress will be made.

ACHE of Greater Ohio is committed to Diversity and Inclusion. We strive to include diverse voices in all events and provide a platform for underrepresented voices to be heard. We stand with the Black community. We also celebrate our Black members and work hard to provide meaningful resources to help others understand the healthcare issues facing this group.

Michael A. Alexander-Leeks MHM, M.EdDiversity Chair - ACHE, Greater Ohio Chapter