Dr. Zenobia Brown, associate chief medical officer, senior vice president, and executive director of Northwell Health Solutions, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2022’s Top Diversity Leaders. The Top Diversity Leaders in Healthcare recognition program honors the top diverse health care executives and organizations influencing policy, care delivery and public health while promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations and the healthcare industry.
Dr. Brown oversees Northwell Health Solutions’ clinical programs, where she designs, implements and manages population health-based care management programs. She also collaborates with site, clinical and managed care leaders to develop Northwell’s value-based clinical strategy.
During her tenure at Northwell since 2014, she has established episodic care models across multiple populations and clinical conditions including high risk post-partum mothers, orthopedics, stroke, COPD and cardiothoracic surgery patients. She oversaw Northwell’s Health Home Program, Northwell’s House Calls Program for frail elderly seniors and collaborated on the system’s effort to reduce Medicare readmissions.
“Dr. Brown is leading Northwell’s transformation of health care delivery which integrates the tenets of diversity and health equity,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, senior vice president of center for equity of care and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “As a leader in population health, Dr. Brown has worked tirelessly to address health disparities and improve the health for all vulnerable people. With her relentless drive, determination and empathy, she has helped to establish innovative health care delivery models which provide easily accessible pathways to health care for all.”
Dr. Brown is a board-certified physician in family medicine, hospice and palliative care. Dr. Brown also maintains a clinical practice within Northwell’s House Calls program. Prior to Northwell, Dr. Brown worked for underserved communities with Florida’s Department of Health, as well as not-for-profit hospice and palliative care agencies.
“I am honored by this recognition and so grateful to work for an organization like Northwell Health that values and prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion,” Dr. Brown said. “Nothing is more important to improving our health care systems than ensuring that all providers, caregivers and patients have opportunities to achieve total wellness and feel included.”
In May, Northwell was rated the No. 1 health system for diversity in the United States for the third consecutive year, according to the latest DiversityInc ranking of Top Hospitals and Health Systems. New York State’s largest health system is known for its commitment to integrating diversity, inclusion and health equity into its health care delivery strategy, with a focus on enhancing the health/wellness needs of the underserved communities and diverse patients it serves.
The profiles of all the honorees and organizations recognized are featured in the Oct. 17 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Modern Healthcare is an independent American publisher of national and regional healthcare news.
—Submitted by Northwell Health