|President’s Message Spring 2019
It is my sincere honor and a great privilege to be your SOHL President this year! I would like to start off by acknowledging the amount of hard work and the number of hours Board members and committee volunteers are putting in every single week to uphold the reputation of this organization. I have been active in SOHL since 2011 and continue to be equally humbled and inspired by everyone’s commitment to your success.
Another fantastic ACHE Congress is behind us and left those lucky to have attended transformed, inspired, ready to collaborate, and eager to innovate. I am proud to share with you that we were presented with the Award for Chapter Excellence and the Award for Sustained Performance by the ACHE. These two recognitions would not have been possible without your continued trust in us, the volunteers’ hard work, and the leadership of Darrell Atkin, SOHL’s Immediate Past President.
April is a National Volunteer Month, and, throughout the entire month, I will be highlighting SOHL’s behind-the-scenes faces of those who volunteer their time to bring you valuable opportunities. Join our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages and meet those who support your professional development through SOHL! But don’t just limit yourself to the digital meet and greet. Find several hours in your busy day to join us in person at any of our upcoming events. Our website is a great resource, but you can always keep an eye on the announcements via email on what lies ahead in the world of SOHL and ACHE. Speaking of which, we have partnered with Healthcare Innovation to once again bring you Southern California Health IT Summit—a two-day opportunity for networking, insightful discussions, and professional growth.
Our solid reputation in the community is partly due to the variety of topics we explore with our programs year after year. Those who know us well, won’t let me lie here. This year is going to be no different, my friends! The annual conference committee is diligently working to bring you a full day of subject matter experts and inspirational speakers in the field of emergency crisis management on October 25, 2019 at the Scripps La Jolla Schaetzel Center. I am counting on you being there because, honestly, why would you want to miss it?
I close out this message to you with my first volunteer recognition of many in the upcoming month. This young woman, a bridge between SOHL and the students at San Diego State University, the Student Liaison in SOHL’s Graduate Student Council, and a strong advocate for early involvement – Sarah Norwood. Only two months short of her Masters degree in Public Health and a well-known face in the graduate public health program, Sarah is the driving force behind her classmates’ engagement. This year alone, she found a golden key for half a dozen SDSU students to the 2019 ACHE Congress door—an opportunity most do not have this early in their professional lives. While she works to complete her degree and transition out of her role on the Board as a liaison, I have full confidence in her next steps as an early careerist and an inspiration to all. In her own words, “What motivated me to join SOHL is the people – namely the Board members and volunteers. ACHE is an organization that provides amazing opportunities for professional development, but the chapter members bring these to life by taking action and creating programming that benefits all. The spirit of giving back is alive and well in this chapter, and that is what attracted me and made me want to stay!”
Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you too would like to volunteer with us, and I am looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in 2019!
Dasha Dahdouh, MPH