100 Black Men of Greater Detroit Honors HAP for Long-Standing Support and Leadership
DETROIT Ė June 1, 2011 Ė The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. (The 100) honored Health Alliance Plan (HAP) for its long-time support of The 100's mission to mentor youth and improve the health and economic well-being of the community.
The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is a group of concerned African American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community through helping African American youth achieve success in four main focus areas: mentoring, education, health and wellness; and economic development.
Anton Chastang, president of The 100, presented a commemorative plaque to William Alvin, HAPís president and chief executive officer, and Jack Martin, chairman of the HAP Board of Directors at a 100 general membership meeting on May 23.
HAP was the first corporate member of The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. Since the Detroit Chapterís charter in 1993, HAP and its parent company Henry Ford Health System have supported the organization by providing office and meeting space, financial support and members who have become leaders to the organization.
Former Henry Ford executive Dennis Dowdell founded the Detroit Chapter, and two former HAP executives (Maurice McMurray and Donald Davis) served as charter members and ran the chapterís first in-school mentoring program Ė Early Identification College program. In addition to Dowdell, two other Chapter presidents, Randy Walker and Anton Chastang, have come from HAP and Henry Ford. HAPís Kenny Dodson, director of Claims, serves as the current board secretary.
HAP is proud of its 50-year history of diversity and inclusion, which includes being one of the first local companies to establish formal diversity and mentoring programs to advocate for professional development and business literacy, maintaining active membership with the Michigan Minority Business Development Council and funding scholarships to promote diversity in health care profession. HAPís diverse leadership and board of directors demonstrate HAPís rich culture of community stewardship by giving back to local communities. Seven of HAPís current 13 board of directors are African American; 46 percent of HAP employees are African American; and 20 percent of HAP's leaders are African American.