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David S. Cade, CEO of AHLA, Visits Tennessee Justice Center to Discuss Health Equity and AHLA’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

  • May, 13, 2024

Washington, D.C – David S. Cade, Chief Executive Officer of AHLA, recently visited the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) during AHLA’s Health Care Transactions program in Nashville, Tennessee. During his visit, Cade engaged with Executive Director Michele Johnson about the critical importance of health equity for all communities.  

Known for its steadfast dedication to health justice and children’s health issues, The Tennessee Justice Center has a longstanding history of advocating for individuals denied access to basic health care services due to social, legal, and cultural barriers. Situated across the street from a low-income community in need of care, TJC plays a vital role in providing health education and literacy to address the unique challenges faced by underserved populations. 

“We are so privileged to stand by Tennessee families as they struggle to access the care they need to avoid suffering needlessly and to have the peace of mind to know they won't lose their life savings over one accident or injury,” Johnson stated. “Achieving health equity is vital and urgent and we cannot do it alone. But together, I know we can move the needle for the children and families we talk to each day.” 


Cade discussed AHLA’s commitment to advancing health care goals in Nashville and beyond, highlighting AHLA’s abiding commitment to provide educational resources that support and lift the health law community in their work to improve health care systems for all. Cade expressed gratitude for the opportunity to witness the wonderful sense of community and camaraderie that defines TJC’s mission, reaffirming AHLA’s dedication to fostering principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within the health care industry.  

“I was honored to connect with Michele Johnson, the Executive Director at the Tennessee Justice Center, who showed immense passion and dedication to health justice, health equity, and children’s health issues,” Cade related. “It was a treat to see the beautiful murals decorating the building that pay tribute to legal, medical, civil rights, and social justice trailblazers who have deep roots in Tennessee. These murals were a reminder of the long journey our country has made to abolish inequality. It is my belief that as we continue to bring these issues into the light, we can collectively improve health and social justice for all.”  


The American Health Law Association (AHLA) is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. AHLA provides a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its more than 13,000 members to serve their clients more effectively. AHLA aims to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. Learn more about AHLA here.  


Tennessee Justice Center believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are intrinsically valuable and necessary to manifest our mission of justice for all. We recognize that racism is foundational to the social and economic disparities that plague our nation. We work to achieve opportunity, security, and dignity for all Tennesseans. We are committed to expanding and continuing our advocacy, education, and litigation work as a means towards greater equity. Learn more about Tennessee Justice Center here.