Chairperson's File

2024 AHA Board Chair Joanne Conroy, M.D., headshot.
Advancing health equity must be of utmost importance for all of us working in hospitals and health systems.
This week as we celebrate National Hospital Week ( and National Nurses Week (, it’s a perfect time for telling the hospital story.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity to note the progress we’ve made addressing behavioral health issues and delivering quality care, and to assess and take action to tackle the significant work that remains.
On this episode, I talk with Marcos Pesquera, system vice president for community health and chief diversity officer at CHRISTUS Health, headquartered in Irving, Texas.
Hospital and health system board members make decisions that affect their health care organization as well as their communities.
No other part of the health care sector does more than our nation’s hospitals and health systems to support patients and communities. Our doors are always open, 24/7, and ready to serve patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
On this episode, I talk with Bob Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, based in New Jersey. Bob and I discuss the important role of hospitals and health systems in leading medical research and innovation to transform health care and make patient care better, accessible and more efficient.
The COVID-19 pandemic, opioid crisis and mpox outbreak. Hurricanes Ian and Fiona. Severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in Kentucky. Wildfires and straight-line winds in New Mexico.
There are excellent opportunities in the coming months to connect with colleagues across the country on the most important issues facing our field.