HONOLULU – The Queen’s Health System today announced Naleen Naupaka Andrade, M.D. will join the organization as its Executive Vice President of Native Hawaiian Health and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (DEIJ). She assumes this newly created position on February 1, 2022.
As a member of the Executive Team, Dr. Andrade will lead Queen’s transformative work within its Native Hawaiian Health and DEIJ programs, and she will spearhead organization-wide implementation of Queen’s initiatives in these key areas. A significant part of Dr. Andrade’s role will include working in collaboration with other health care and community-based organizations to improve the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawai‘i.
“I’m honored to be joining the Executive Team of The Queen’s Health System after having collaborated for many years with this remarkable health system founded by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV,” said Dr. Andrade. “I’m eager to begin this opportunity to make meaningful contributions toward improving the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawai‘i while deepening Queen’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.”
“I also look forward to furthering the efforts underway to build strong partnerships within our Native Hawaiian communities and engaging Native Hawaiian patients and their ‘ohana as our partners in the design of a health system that meets their needs and desires,” Dr. Andrade added.
Dr. Andrade currently serves as a professor with tenure in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hawai’i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) where she completed the Imi Ho’ola Premedical Program and earned her medical degree. Dr. Andrade has also served as a Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Business Plan Leader and Liaison in the work to establish an academic partnership between JABSOM’s Department of Psychiatry and Queen’s Behavioral Health Service Line. Previous positions for Dr. Andrade have included serving as the director of the National Center on Indigenous Hawaiian Behavioral Health as well as Clinical Teaching Services Development Liaison for JABSOM and University Health Partners. In addition to her medical education and training, Dr. Andrade received an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and anticipates receiving a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Institute in May 2025. Dr. Andrade will take a leave of absence from her role with JABSOM as she advances the Queen’s mission to create opportunity for Native Hawaiians and other underrepresented groups in Hawai‘i.
Dr. Andrade has extensive leadership service within her profession at the local, state and national levels. She served as the first Native Hawaiian Chair of Psychiatry for UH JABSOM, the Vice Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the President of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Andrade is a Distinguished Lifetime Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association and has received numerous awards and honors during her successful career.
Her many community service commitments over the years have included serving as temporary trustee and governance advisor to the King Lunalilo Trust and Home; chair of The Queen’s Health System Board of Trustees and as a trustee for the Queen Emma Foundation, Molokai General Hospital, Queen’s Medical Center, and the Hawaii Medical Library; member of the Kamehameha Schools advisory board; and advisor for the Hale Ola Ho’opakolea (a Native Hawaiian community-based cultural healing center) and the Gibson Foundation (a non-profit for Native Hawaiians seeking to acquire housing). Additionally, she is a Minister and Member in Discernment for Kahikolu Congregational Church, Hawai‘i Conference United Church of Christ.
“It truly is a privilege to have such an amazing leader, scholar, clinician, researcher and leader of native Hawaiian health and DEIJ joining our Executive Team,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Queen’s Health System. “Dr. Andrade’s leadership and experience will help us expand our efforts to improve the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians and significantly enhance our DEIJ work.”