- McLean received the 2020 Virtual All-Inclusive Award in the category of Public Health Champion from Color Magazine
- McLean’s chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, accepted the award, highlighting McLean’s commitment to improving access to mental health, psychoeducation, and treatment for underserved communities
Newswise — McLean Hospital is the recipient of the 2020 Virtual All-Inclusive Award in the category of Public Health Champion Award—Organization from Color Magazine. The award, which was presented during an online ceremony held on December 10, recognized McLean for “making outstanding strides to protect and promote public health in the state of Massachusetts.”
McLean’s chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer, Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. “In a year that has been fraught with divisiveness and intolerance and in which health and racial inequities have been brought into sharp relief, McLean hospital is truly, truly grateful for this recognition,” Pinder-Amaker said. “It feels good to have something this meaningful to celebrate.”
In her remarks, Pinder-Amaker commented on the “disproportionate and devastating impact of COVID-19 on Black and brown communities” and “the racial unrest and reckoning during the summer of 2020.” She cited her participation on a Color Magazine-sponsored panel on the impact of the pandemic on African American health as a highlight of the past year. Moreover, Pinder-Amaker asserted that McLean is “striving to improve access to mental health, psychoeducation, and treatment for communities that historically had been underserved.”
In 2020, Pinder-Amaker became McLean’s first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. In this role, she works to drive structural and systemic change at McLean and across the Mass General Brigham system. Her efforts include the implementation and expansion of the hospital’s anti-racist strategic plan, as well as day-to-day operational leadership regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies, programs, and practices.
Color Magazine is an online and print, all-inclusive publication focused on highlighting topics of interest for corporate America and its diverse professionals. Color Magazine’s All-Inclusive Awards celebrate “those who are dedicated to diversity and inclusion within their careers.” Individuals and organizations in areas of “Leadership, Change Agent, and Supplier Diversity” are recognized at an annual gala event.
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