December 1999

Institute for Diversity Offers Database of Minority Candidates

For Simi Patel, a 12-week internship at the Denver office of Catholic Health Initiatives was a first-hand look into her future. "The members of Catholic Health Initiatives’ senior management have so much experience in health care," she said. "They have the kind of experience that I want to build."

Patel, a graduate student in health management and policy at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., secured her internship through the Summer Enrichment Program of the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, based in Chicago, Ill. The program provides college and graduate students who are members of ethnic minority groups with an opportunity to gain practical experience in health care management.

Providing an internship for a talented student of health administration is just one of the ways Catholic Health Initiatives supports the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, which is associated with the American Hospital Association. Michael Fordyce, chief administrative officer for Catholic Health Initiatives, is a member of the Institute’s board of directors. Catholic Health Initiatives has provided a grant to help fund the institute’s Elliott C. Roberts, Sr. Scholarship, a perpetual scholarship fund for minority graduate students in hospital administration. In addition, Catholic Health Initiatives provided staff time and services to help the Institute stage its first leadership conference last summer.

"The conference was a tremendous experience," said Fordyce. "I met some very energetic and intelligent graduate students, and we are going to start looking at ways to connect these candidates with opportunities within Catholic Health Initiatives as they come out of their master’s degree programs."

The institute also provides health care organizations with a resource that can help locate minority candidates for administrative and leadership positions., the institute’s Web site for connecting candidates with jobs, features a searchable database of abstracted resumes from minority candidates. Catholic Health Initiatives’ market-based organizations can access this database and post administrative job openings to the site. "This database is an excellent tool for filling administrative and leadership positions," said Fordyce. "We encourage all market-based organizations to take advantage of it."