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Leadership attends ACHD 70th Annual Meeting

On September 14-16th, members of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) leadership team attended the 70th Annual Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) Meeting, representing one of the 76 healthcare districts in the state. The event provided great opportunities for networking and covered topics like strategy, advocacy, and culture and inclusion during breakout sessions.

GHD Chief Executive Officer, Christian Wallis, joined other CEOs and Board Members on Day 1 for Governance Day. Also in attendance was a neighboring healthcare district, Fallbrook Regional Health District. Their CEO, Rachel A. Mason (pictured left), was nominated this year for the CEO of the Year award.

Christian was also recognized as a new member of the ACHD 2021-2022 Board of Directors and led a breakout session on the topic of “A District Board and Staff Collaborative Approach to Strategic Planning”.

“The ACHD Conference was a great opportunity to educate healthcare district leadership on current issues. The networking time was helpful and allowed districts to share best practices of what has and hasn’t been working for their agencies,” Christian explains.

Healthcare districts are special districts designed for responsiveness to local needs. They are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents in defined geographical areas throughout the state, according to the ACHD. Compared to the other districts at the conference, the GHD is unique in terms of its size, diversity of terrain, and its operation of a health and wellness library. The Grossmont Healthcare District serves residents of San Diego’s East Couty from La Mesa to the mountains, covering a 750-square-mile geographic area. The GHD strives to support those in the cities as well as those in rural areas, including tribal reservations.

“Overall, the conference was a great event, and the information we gathered will guide us in developing better plans to serve the health needs of our communities,” Christian describes.

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