The Queen’s Health System is proud to announce that Naleen Naupaka Andrade, MD, Executive Vice President of Native Hawaiian Health & Chief Officer Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice (DEIJ), was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2023’s Top Diversity Leaders.
The Top Diversity Leaders in Healthcare is a national recognition program that honors the top diverse healthcare executives and organizations influencing policy and care delivery models across the country. In doing so, they are also highlighting the continued need to nurture diversity in their organizations.
“Dr. Andrade is incredibly deserving of this national honor as she is a respected and admired scholar, clinician, researcher and leader of Native Hawaiian Health, not only in Hawaii, but across the country,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Queen’s Health System. “Queen’s is so fortunate to have Dr. Andrade leading our efforts to reduce health inequities in Hawaii, to improve the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians, and to bolster DEIJ initiatives within our organization.”
“Modern Healthcare’s 2023 Top Diversity Leaders and organizations exemplify a commitment to meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion. They have exceeded industry standards and continue to devote necessary resources to providing internal opportunities while advancing community health equity, setting a great example for others,” said Dan Peres, President of Modern Healthcare.
A Distinguished Lifetime Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Andrade applies her significant body of work in diversity, equity and inclusion to promote health equity in Hawaii and beyond. She developed and is guiding Queen’s Native Hawaiian Health Strategic Plan, which seeks to increase healthcare accessibility while also recruiting Native Hawaiians to fill healthcare positions that propagate culturally responsive care. Dr. Andrade leads the departments that are underpinning the strategic aim of Queen’s to achieve health equity for the island communities they serve, particularly for Native Hawaiians. Additionally, Dr. Andrade’s efforts have increased access to culturally safe clinical programs, strengthened relationships and engagement, and improved health outcomes through a population health approach that spans the health system and includes indigenous communities and Native Hawaiian organizations.
The profiles of all the winners are featured in the October 16, 2023 print issue of Modern Healthcare and at https://www.modernhealthcare.com/awards/top-diversity-leaders-healthcare-2023.