Monique Porter, FACHE
Director of Strategic Initiatives and Oncology
Regent for Massachusetts
Message From Your ACHE Regent
When we began the summer, it felt like we were finally starting to gain back control from the pandemic. For a month or so, many of us thought we had started the new normal. Now, it feels like déjà vu as some restrictions have been put back in place, and new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising again. On top of the exhaustion, everyone is feeling for the past 18 months, disheartened or defeated seem like the right emotions to describe what many are experiencing.
It is important, though, to think of how far we’ve come. Someone last week said to me, “Two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward.” So, while the progress has slowed, remember that we are still making progress. To put that in perspective, take a look at the hospitalization rates over time in Massachusetts.
Clearly, we are in a much better place now than when we started this journey and even compared to the second surge. We may see that line rise more as we get through the impact of the Delta variant, but our overall trajectory continues to be in the right direction. The dedication of our colleagues throughout the healthcare industry has been remarkable. It’s humbling and a source of pride to work with all of you – thank you!
Amid all the ups and downs we’re seeing around us, I want to make sure you know about the hard work going on behind the scenes with our ACHE Chapter to continue to support your dedication to lifelong learning:
• We have an exciting virtual face to face session coming up, and the topic is so important right now: Embracing a Dialogue about Gender Equity and Intersectionality https://www.massache.org/event/embracing-a-dialogue-about-gender-equity-and-intersectionality-a-virtual-face-to-face-credit-session/
• Join us for a Virtual Breakfast with Healthcare Champions, featuring Dr. Peter Slavin: https://www.massache.org/event/virtual-breakfast-with-healthcare-champions-featuring-dr-peter-slavin/
Finally, this year has already seen 7 of our members take the next step in advancing their education by taking the Board of Governor’s Exam and achieving professional certification in healthcare management. These credentials are a recognized distinction across the country that demonstrates a commitment to professional growth and development. Congratulations to our new Fellows! Please reach out to me or any other leader in the ACHE of MA chapter to find out what resources are available for you to pursue the fellowship advancement.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay well!