President’s Message

2023 Annual Meeting: In-Person Energy Makes for Meaningful Dialogue   

I’m still reflecting on the success of this year’s HASD&IC annual meeting. I have many takeaways, but what really comes to mind is the energy that everyone brought to the gathering. There were more than 180 people joining us this year and everyone came to the table ready to converse, connect, and exchange ideas on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Giving Thanks 

Right now, many of you are probably finalizing your Thanksgiving menus or travel plans if you’re headed out of town for the holiday. And although we all have our own ways in which we will observe the day, gratitude — along with lots of food — will likely be at the heart of the celebrations.

Addressing Hunger and Food Insecurity  

Hunger. It’s probably a word you utter on a regular basis. You know what it means to be hungry. Your stomach may start rumbling. You may even get cranky and irritable. For most of us, it’s a simple enough problem to solve — by eating something. But in America, over 34 million Americans face hunger each and every day, including 1 in 8 children who go hungry. That’s why September is Hunger Action Month, a time to recognize food insecurity — a growing problem in our region, and one that your hospitals see firsthand every day.  

Remembering Greg Knoll

San Diego’s most vulnerable have lost a true champion with the passing of Greg Knoll, the longtime executive director of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD). 

Mark Your Calendars for November’s Annual Meeting

In just a few short months, we’ll have a chance to gather — in person — for the HASD&IC Annual Meeting. Registration is now open for the Nov. 16 event, which will be held at the newly renovated San Diego Mission Bay Resort, and I’m hoping that you can join us for a day of connecting, networking, and learning with your colleagues and community partners.

Fate of Many Critical Bills is Still Up in the Air 

When the Legislature returns from its summer break on Aug. 14, it will be a sprint to the finish line before lawmakers adjourn for interim recess on Sept. 14. There are a number of pieces of legislation that present significant concerns for patients and communities.