NAHC Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in Home Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in Home Health Care

Washington, D.C. — The Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) unanimously voted to issue and institute a statement on diversity and inclusion in home health care. This is just the first step in our efforts to bring awareness of systemic racism and injustice and to initiate a constructive self-examination of the home care and hospice community, with the goal of achieving a community that is a model for inclusion and opportunity.

This effort will be led by a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and an Advisory Council. The membership of the Task Force and the Advisory Council reflect the enormous diversity of home care and hospice and they will be responsible for ensuring that our actions match our words. 

Task Force

  • Mary Myers, President, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group; Chair, NAHC Board of Directors
  • William A. Dombi, Esq., President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Karen Davis-Pritchett, Vice President of Access and Inclusion, Suncoast Hospice / Empath Health
  • Tashiba Graham, Vice President, Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice
  • Manjeet Kaur, Asst. VP Regulatory Affairs – Hospice, Amedisys, Inc. (Corporate)
  • Chulandria Knight, Director of Health Information Management, Mays Home Health
  • Brent Korte, Chief Home Care Officer, EvergreenHealth
  • John Olajide, President & CEO, Axxess
  • Sara Radcliffe, Executive Director, Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council
  • Jennifer Sandoval, RN Case Manager, Pueblo Home Care
  • Bill Simione, III, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Advisory Council

  • Bibhuti Banerjee, President, Shanti Hospice
  • Lanchi Bombalier, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Charles Breznicky Jr., Clinical Director, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
  • Arrica Canty, Clinical Consulting Senior Manager, McBee Associates
  • Frederick A. Duah, PhD, Director of Strategic Business Innovations, Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice
  • Mark Hunt, Vice President, Home Health Elevate Home Health
  • Nichole Joy Jefferson, Director of Quality and Compliance, Healing Hands Healthcare
  • Danielle R. Jenkins, Insite Operations Manager, Paragon Healthcare, Inc
  • Benita Pope, Director of Hospice Services, Duke HomeCare and Hospice
  • Mary Jane Ruppert, Assistant VP, Clinical Services, Heartland Home Health and Hospice
  • Elena Sherr, Support Staff Supervisor, Horizon Home Care and Hospice
  • Bernadette E. Smith, Executive, Marketing, McBee Associates, a Netsmart Company
  • Fran Smith, Managing Principal, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
  • Kinman Tong, Partner, Moss Adams LLP

Staff Liaison

  • Renee Harris Etheridge, Director of Membership, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

NAHC will update its members, the public, and the media about the work of the Task Force and Advisory Council. 

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

NAHC Accepting Nominations for New Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC Accepting Nominations for New Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Support the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in our mission to embrace diversity and promote a culture of inclusion for the home care and hospice community.

  • Nominations Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Apply today!

In response to our nation’s growing concern about racism and injustice, the Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) issued a statement about our organization’s plan to engage the home care and hospice community in a rigorous self-examination and to provide the tools needed to assist in making the community a model for diversity, inclusion, justice, and equality in opportunities. We urge you to read the statement here. We need your help to build that community. 

NAHC is committed to diversity and inclusion within our organization, in our governance structure, and our membership. We know it is of the utmost importance that we take a stand now to do our part as the leading organization in the industry, which is why we have decided to launch the NAHC Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

The Diversity & Inclusion Task Force will consist of dedicated NAHC members who have chosen to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will provide guidance and insights to assist NAHC in establishing and implementing these strategic objectives and tracking their ongoing efficacy. While doing so, these champions will remain highly visible and promote increased diversity, equity, and inclusion in the membership and leadership.

The Diversity & Inclusion Task Force will:
Conduct a thorough self-examination upon which any remedial action will be based;

  • Design and enact a Diversity and Inclusion Policy that will guide NAHC operations and governance;
  • Implement a comprehensive home care and hospice community education plan to provide the tools and support to assist the home care and hospice community to fully secure and maintain diversity and inclusion; and
  • Determine additional on-going projects and initiatives. 

It is essential that the members of this Task Force represent the diversity we are seeking in the home care and hospice community. We highly encourage people who represent different races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and disabilities to apply to serve on the Task Force. Apply now!

We need your help to ensure the home care and hospice community is welcoming to all people of goodwill. If you’re a leader who is committed to embracing diversity and promoting a culture of inclusion for all home care and hospice owners, administrators, leaders, and staff, we need you on our Task Force.

Apply Now

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.