NAHSE FL Public Policy and Advocacy efforts focuses on ensuring that quality healthcare is affordable and accessible to the communities we serve. The novel coronavirus, commonly known as “COVID19,” has added purpose and direction to the initiatives that are deployed to address disparities. Under this new environment, NAHSE FL is committed to serving the community through strengthening the Mind, Body, and Soul.
Please Note: All contributions made to the organization during the COVID19 pandemic will be utilized to drive NAHSE FL “Serving the People” campaign.
Welcome to NAHSE Florida
The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is a non-profit association of Black health care executives founded in 1968 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of Black health care leaders, and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and under-served communities.
Mrs. Earnestine (Mikki) Thompson
The journey of a pioneer
By: Natoia McGarrell and Ben Assad Mirza
Career - Mrs. Earnestine (Mikki) Thompson is an accomplished Black leader in the Florida’s healthcare ecosystem. She became a registered and licensed Respiratory Therapist in the 1980’s when Respiratory therapy was just starting to gain footing. Mrs. Thompson soon became an experienced clinician and an adjunct professor of this discipline. As a Professor and a Therapist, she committed herself to the profession, she served as President of the Florida Society of Respiratory Care in 1999 and has served as a Delegate to the American Association of Respiratory Care for over 10 years. In October of 2020 she finally retired as a clinician, but her role is still very active and engaged in the health and wellness of the community she serves, as well as, maintaining her responsibilities as a professor at Barry University.
Her Beliefs – Earnestine, is her birth given name, and it serves her well; for she earnestly believes in a brighter future for all and a brighter future ahead. She believes that the Tuskegee Study did a disfavor to the African American community, not only during the mid-1900s, but even today. The impact of the Tuskegee Study is ever so present in the year of 2021 as COVID vaccines are rolling out. Our African American population has a much higher level of medical mistrust and does not entirely trust what authorities have to say about being vaccinated. Earnestine’s personal mission is to help her community remember the traumas of the past, but forgive and let go to foster a brighter future.
Elevating, Advocating, and Advancing People
Today - Mikki serves on the Health Ministry at Sweet Home Baptist Church, and as President to the Association for Negro Business and Professional Women. Inc. Dade County Club. Through her service, she is breaking the mental barriers that have stopped African Americans from getting the COVID19 vaccination. Her efforts have helped bring the vaccine to the predominantly black churches, by educating and building bridges to help administer the vaccine to the community. This is no simple task during a time when even large sized systems are competing in competing to obtain the vaccine. Mikki has been a hero to our community.
Her words of advice to the rising stars of today come from scripture, that says: “Do good, lean not to thy own understanding, but acknowledge me in all thy ways, and I will keep your path straight.” NAHSE FL celebrate this exceptional woman in health.
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