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NAHC Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in Home Health Care

October 21, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications

NAHC Statement on Diversity and Inclusion in Home Health Care

Washington, D.C. — The Board of Directors of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) unanimously voted to issue and institute a statement on diversity and inclusion in home health care. This is just the first step in our efforts to bring awareness of systemic racism and injustice and to initiate a constructive self-examination of the home care and hospice community, with the goal of achieving a community that is a model for inclusion and opportunity.

This effort will be led by a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and an Advisory Council. The membership of the Task Force and the Advisory Council reflect the enormous diversity of home care and hospice and they will be responsible for ensuring that our actions match our words. 

Task Force

  • Mary Myers, President, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group; Chair, NAHC Board of Directors
  • William A. Dombi, Esq., President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
  • Karen Davis-Pritchett, Vice President of Access and Inclusion, Suncoast Hospice / Empath Health
  • Tashiba Graham, Vice President, Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice
  • Manjeet Kaur, Asst. VP Regulatory Affairs – Hospice, Amedisys, Inc. (Corporate)
  • Chulandria Knight, Director of Health Information Management, Mays Home Health
  • Brent Korte, Chief Home Care Officer, EvergreenHealth
  • John Olajide, President & CEO, Axxess
  • Sara Radcliffe, Executive Director, Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council
  • Jennifer Sandoval, RN Case Manager, Pueblo Home Care
  • Bill Simione, III, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Advisory Council

  • Bibhuti Banerjee, President, Shanti Hospice
  • Lanchi Bombalier, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
  • Charles Breznicky Jr., Clinical Director, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
  • Arrica Canty, Clinical Consulting Senior Manager, McBee Associates
  • Frederick A. Duah, PhD, Director of Strategic Business Innovations, Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice
  • Mark Hunt, Vice President, Home Health Elevate Home Health
  • Nichole Joy Jefferson, Director of Quality and Compliance, Healing Hands Healthcare
  • Danielle R. Jenkins, Insite Operations Manager, Paragon Healthcare, Inc
  • Benita Pope, Director of Hospice Services, Duke HomeCare and Hospice
  • Mary Jane Ruppert, Assistant VP, Clinical Services, Heartland Home Health and Hospice
  • Elena Sherr, Support Staff Supervisor, Horizon Home Care and Hospice
  • Bernadette E. Smith, Executive, Marketing, McBee Associates, a Netsmart Company
  • Fran Smith, Managing Principal, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
  • Kinman Tong, Partner, Moss Adams LLP

Staff Liaison

  • Renee Harris Etheridge, Director of Membership, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

NAHC will update its members, the public, and the media about the work of the Task Force and Advisory Council. 


About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit