The NCHA grew from year to year and roused the interest and participation of many Black hospital administrators. As a result, the Tri-State Conference of Black Hospitals and a Southeastern Conference evolved. Both were successful at raising the level of awareness of Black hospital administrators and Black hospital workers.
After several changes in leadership, the activities of the membership became limited to one informal meeting held annually in conjunction with the annual American Hospital Association (AHA) meeting. This arrangement continued for 35 years. At an AHA meeting in 1968, Whitney Young, former Executive Secretary of the National Urban League, served as the Keynote Speaker and expressed his great concern for the lack of job opportunities for disadvantaged groups. In 1968, NAHSE was formed and Mr. Everett V. Fox, Vice President and Secretary, New York University Medical Center, was named the first President.
NAHSE’s purpose was to ensure greater participation of Black hospital administrators in the health field. Its objective was to develop and maintain a strong viable national body to have more effective input in the national healthcare delivery system. It provided a vehicle for African-Americans to have fair representation in the conception, design, direction, and delivery of quality healthcare services provided to poor and disadvantaged communities.
Since its inception, NAHSE has sponsored and participated in local and national programs and projects designed to improve quality, access and availability of health services to disadvantaged communities. These programs have also helped to expand educational opportunities in the field of Health Service Administration.