The Alliance for a Healthier SC has named Juana S. Slade, CDM, CCF, who currently serves as the chief diversity officer and director of language services at AnMed Health, as their new Board Chair.
Slade comes to this leadership role with an extensive background and record of achievement in addressing healthcare disparities and social determinants. Under her leadership, AnMed Health has developed a comprehensive, integrated diversity and inclusion strategy in support of the organization's increasingly diverse patient population and workforce. The health system’s transformative work in cultural and linguistic competence has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the South Carolina Hospital Association, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Diversity in Health Equity (IFDHE), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.
In July 2015, AnMed Health was named a finalist for the AHA’s Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce healthcare disparities and promote diversity and inclusion among the organization’s leadership and staff. In June 2017, AnMed Health’s Office of Diversity was named South Carolina Business Partner of the Year by South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation for its school-to-work transition program for students with special needs.
Slade also received the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual Diversity Leadership Award issued by The Riley Institute of Furman University (Greenville, SC) as well as the Fred D. Hobby Diversity Ambassadors Award from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management of the American Hospital Association.
Under her leadership, the Alliance looks to continue its transformative work in coordinating a comprehensive roster of community resources and diverse array of partners to ensure that all people in South Carolina have the opportunity to have healthier bodies, minds and communities while also striving to reduce the future cost of care.
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