Get to know: Diaz Dixon

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We are pleased to introduce you to Diaz Dixon, who joined our ministry in June of this year as the new System Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy Initiatives. Diaz lives in Reno, Nevada, which he appreciates as home to the beautiful Sierra Mountains.

How do you see your work within CommonSpirit Health helping to fulfill the organization's mission and vision?
Well Hello Humankindness! My entire career has been shaped around helping those in need and supporting missions for the common good. It really is an awesome opportunity to bring the passion that I have for people into an organization that has such a positive impact on our entire country.

What does the health equity fund mean to you and why is it important to support it through philanthropy?
Health equity is needed probably more so than ever. All around us, we are watching increasing gaps in health, access to care, workforce and education. Health equity is about countering these issues with opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, regardless of who we are, where we live and how much money we make. Through philanthropy, we can make sustainable changes by empowering people and organizations to join forces and meet people in need where they stand. Many of us want a better community but simply do not know the pathway. Philanthropy is that pathway.

Why should employees give to the organization?
I strongly believe in the organization and mission. I understand the impact and change it has and will continue to have in its growth. We are all connected. So why not be connected to something that makes this world a better place? It is all a part of our legacy.

What does gratitude mean to you and does it play a role in why you do what you do?
Gratitude is a great appreciation. This appreciation comes from an emotional standpoint as well as a choice perspective. As a choice, it is an attitude or disposition that we wear as a badge. For me, it is a motivator in my role. I am motivated to inspire others to be in situations where they can be filled with gratitude.

What is your fondest memory of working at CommonSpirit Health?
Well, seeing that I am new to the Philanthropy team, I have to say that it was meeting the team. To sit in a room, or a zoom room with people who are fired up about doing the GOOD! Hearing them each talking passionately about goals and objectives is simply motivating. I have great satisfaction that I will continue to learn, change and grow in this environment. I will continue to be a part of something that is large, powerful, and extremely positive. It is exactly what this country needs right now.

What is one fun fact that others might not know about you?
I am a total bird nerd. Particularly birds of prey. On any given trip, I want to see them in their natural habitat in all their beauty.