In honor of Black History Month the ACHE of Massachusetts DE&I Committee celebrates by spotlighting a member’s reflection.
ACHE of MA- Black History Month Feature
Natalie Johnson, MPH
I am the Administrative Director of Equity and Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). As Administrative Director, I support the team with identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing new initiatives to ensure the care our patients receive, and the experience our staff have is more equitable and inclusive, while reflecting the great Boston community in which we live, work and play. Based on lived experiences and professional interests, I strive for improved access, resources, and patient advocacy.
A quote that means a lot to me is by Henry David Thoreau; “Dream. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.” It is a regular reminder and source of encouragement.
Black History Month is a time of reflection and celebration. On the heels of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and the unveiling of The Embrace monument, I think about how far we have come and how much more work is left to be done. The learning, reflection, celebration and action should not be limited to the month of February. My hope is that the energy and attention for promoting the Black voice and needs continues all year long.