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Lead a Professional Healthcare Association

Lead a Professional Healthcare Association

Jennifer LeClaire / Monster Contributing Writer

A Different Breed

Most elected leaders will say that a feeling of professional responsibility led them to run for office. These are the association members who aren’t satisfied with paying dues and watching things happen. They are vocal about their strategies and aren’t afraid to try to fix what’s broken.

“I had a vision for social work and social workers who can make a difference in society,” says Terry Mizrahi, former president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a professor at Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. “Social workers are an integral part of healthcare, yet I didn’t think we were getting the recognition and powerful voice that other professionals have in our society.”

It takes more than definite views to be a successful leader, according to Dr. Bettye Davis-Lewis, immediate past president of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and CEO of Diversified Healthcare Systems in Houston.

“You have to be politically savvy, educationally prepared and able to influence other people,” she says. “You have to know your elected officials and community leaders, have good people skills, honesty and integrity and know the issues that affect the profession. If you don’t know the issues, how can you help anyone?”

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