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A Message from ACMA WA Chapter


Dear ACMA WA Chapter members,

I would like to welcome our new board members who officially took over their new positions on May 1st, 2020. I would also like to extend my gratitude to our outgoing board members whose contributions have been and will continue to be invaluable in the coming years. Thank you for your leadership in the case management community and for taking more active roles in our chapter. 

Much has happened since May 1st. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed healthcare delivery and access. It has affected every sector of our society consequently highlighting a variety of strengths and weaknesses of our communities including (but not limited to): our economy, the delivery of social services, the interactions of our political system, healthcare concerns plus so much more. The foundation of society has been challenged in the past months. In the midst of the changes, long-standing social disparity and racism have finally become unacceptable that no one remains untouched. 

As providers of health and wellness, we are in powerful and unique positions making positive impacts on individuals daily. I encourage you to continue changing lives quietly in your daily work while lending your voice loudly to make long-lasting systemic changes in institutions and governments as your personal convictions lead.

Please let us know how we can support you as your professional community. Please also take a look at the statement from the National ACMA leadership below.


Sincerely,

Mona Chambers, MN, RN, ACM
ACMA WA Chapter President





A Message from ACMA National

Our Case Management and Transitions of Care Community

Dear ACMA Members:

The ACMA Board of Directors recognizes the pain, anger, fear, and uncertainty the senseless deaths of George Floyd and others have caused you and your communities. Without reservation, our association condemns acts of discrimination and violence.

Several prominent colleagues have pointed out the stark contrast of the Minneapolis officer’s callous reaction to Mr. Floyd’s agonizing cries of “I can’t breathe!” against a typical health care professional’s reaction when a patient, regardless of color, says those exact same words. In care settings across the country, that person is swarmed with people wanting and willing to help.

This contrast should not be so stark. Race is not a qualifier or triage criteria, nor is violence ever a solution.

Through the continuing COVID-19 crisis, we see health care professionals step up, not back, in the face of uncertainty. We acknowledge the added uncertainty caused by the blatant disregard for human life and the reverberations of protests in communities across the country.

Attempting to close gaps in disparities so every person has access to health care regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status is our common thread. While our systems may be inherently flawed, filled with opportunities for loopholes, exploitation and disparity, our ability to learn from our differences and the willingness to embrace diversity enables us to best navigate those systems for our patients and families. Our recognition of one another helps us fulfill the core mission for which many of those health care systems were founded.

ACMA members come from different professional backgrounds, possess different credentials, have different expertise, live in different states, have different faiths, carry different experiences and yes, we look much different from one another, too. Our willingness to collaborate and communicate, to share and empathize, to look outside from within, and to learn from each other is the cornerstone of our association. Our commitment to learn and listen for the benefit of others will not waiver. Our collective strengths via collaboration is why case management and transitions of care are so influential.  We also know that when our mutual respect and collaboration break down - so too does the facilitation of patient care. 

Please care and support one another’s wellbeing, physically, emotionally, and psychologically, during this time. We are incredibly proud to say we serve case management and transitions of care professionals who work to create better health for all and serve as a role model for our communities. 


Pamela Andrews, RN, MSW, MBA, CCM, ACM-RN
ACMA President


L. Greg Cunningham
CEO and Founder


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ACMA Announcements
ACMA is committed to keeping you informed about our actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay up to date via the ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center where you will find helpful information, members-only resources and guidance for case management and transitions of care specific to this evolving situation. We encourage you to visit the resource center and to lean on ACMA as your trusted source during this time of uncertainty. Thank you for your work in your communities and for all you are doing to address this pandemic. Access ACMA COVID-19 Resource Center >>>
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Join us from your home or office for our first-ever ACMA Virtual Case Management and Transitions of Care Conference. Over 20 sessions on topics including Coronavirus, care coordination for pediatrics, mental health and more. ACMA members have free access to the virtual exhibit hall. Meet exhibitors and learn about their valuable services and products while clicking through the exhibit hall. Register Today! >>>
On June 4, 2020 the ACMA Board of Directors authored a statement related to the recent acts of discrimination and violence in America. Read the statement >>>
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