NALHE SoCal Chapter
“Leading with Heart, Cultura y Herencia!”
Southern California is a megapolitan area in the southern region of the U.S. state of California. The large urban areas containing Los Angeles and San Diego stretch all along the coast from Ventura to the Southland and Inland Empire to San Diego. The region includes three major metropolitan areas, each of which have over 3 million people. The Los Angeles area has over 12 million inhabitants, the Riverside-San Bernardino area has over 4 million residents, and the San Diego area has over 3 million residents. The region is the nation’s most populous region behind the urban seaboard of the Northeastern United States.
Southern California is a culturally diverse and well known area worldwide. No race or ethnic group constitutes a majority of California’s population: 39% of state residents are Latino, 35% are white, 15% are Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% are Black, 4% are multiracial, and fewer than 1% are Native American or Alaska Natives, according to the 2020 Census; many of which reside in Southern California.
The healthcare industry is a significant and growing part of California’s economy. Health care related occupations from pediatricians to nurses to home health aides represent over seven percent of California’s total employment. Increasing employment opportunities in health care over the next several years will be due in part to the state’s aging population, the addition of over five million to those covered by health insurance as a result of the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and technological advances in health care.
The state is well poised to take on the challenges facing its health care industry and the demand for a well-trained health care workforce. The state’s higher education system, public and private, currently has a depth of programs to train all levels of the healthcare workforce. In addition, the state is one of the first in the nation to begin addressing the burgeoning health care workforce needs due to the expected surge of additional residents covered by health insurance. Opportunities and choices abound for those considering a career in health care.
Get to Know the SoCal Chapter Leadership Board
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The NALHE SoCal Chapter Strategic Plan for 2023-2025 is currently in development!
To provide a framework to bring together Latino/Latina and multicultural healthcare leaders and professionals, early careerists, students, local industry experts, community stakeholders, partners, sponsors, and affiliates as a group to meet, discuss, and influence factors which affect the representation of Latino/Latina and multicultural individuals in healthcare leadership roles locally and regionally; to foster greater participation in the advancement of diversity and inclusion and health equity initiatives at a local level.
Support Latino/Latina and multicultural individuals who are in healthcare to grow and advance professionally and demonstrate to each other and to the local/regional industry the increasing contributions made by Latino/Latina and multicultural individuals within the healthcare management profession.
Encourage and provide tools for members to advance professionally and academically in the healthcare management profession.
Advocate for continued research, education and dissemination of information about Latino/Latina and multicultural community health issues at the local.
Support members’ full participation in the healthcare management profession and its organizations and use the Chapter for the limited objectives stated above.
Goals: Membership – increase membership from 150 to 225; Fundraising – $5,000 per year; Events – 3 per year.
Metrics: – New Members/quarter; Member Retention; Sponsorship/quarter