Candelejo recognized for leadership, innovation and contributions to advancing health equity at RWJBarnabas Health
WEST ORANGE, NJ MARCH 23, 2023 – Diana Candelejo, Vice President of Economic Inclusion, Social Impact and Community Investment at RWJBarnabas Health, was recognized as one of the Top 25 Emerging Leaders for 2023 by Modern Healthcare. A culture of innovation that helps organizations meet and exceed their financial, operational and clinical goals.
Mr. Candelejo ensures that RWJBarnabas Health, through its core mission and economic inclusion projects, is a leading innovator adapting to the new realities impacting healthcare. Using a racial equality lens, she designs initiatives such as local employment, workforce development, local supplier diversity, and investments in economic development to help the entire community served by the health system. have a positive impact on personal well-being. She is responsible for forging strategic alliances and ensuring that economic power and resources reach the communities where they are needed most.
RWJBarnabas Health Social Impact & Community Investment practice (SICI) leverages RWJBarnabas Health’s broad portfolio of assets to promote a culture of health and improve the quality of life in communities throughout New Jersey. It also serves as the driving force for the system’s anchor mission: hire locally, buy locally, and invest locally. SICI will ensure health equity by driving strategic policy change combined with evidence-based and innovative programs that address the social, economic and environmental conditions that have the greatest impact on health outcomes. rooted in doing
“Modern Healthcare Diana’s recognition as a Top Emerging Leader is a testament to her passion and dedication to ensuring health equity. She is an integral part of RWJBarnabas Health’s social impact and community investments, helping us strengthen our strategic initiatives to address health disparities.” It has a tremendous impact on well-being and serves as a model for other organizations looking to bring about positive change.”
Mr. Candelejo previously served as Director of Anchor Strategy for RWJBarnabas Health where he advocated for community partnerships and increased financial equity for individuals, families and small businesses looking to the system as a financial leader. She advances her RWJBarnabas Health mission as an anchor institution, creating and encouraging efforts to stimulate local economies and address detrimental social determinants of health.
Prior to joining RWJBarnabas Health, she worked with Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) to conduct research and create data visualizations of procurement strategies to engage local, minority, and women-owned businesses. .
Mr. Candelejo graduated from Drew College and holds a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics. She was recognized as her Rising Star of 2022 by Becker’s Hospital Review and named as her leader in healthcare to know. Ms Canderejo has spoken frequently about the system’s efforts to improve the well-being of her community, and at the 2022 Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF) meeting held in November 2022, she announced that she will be an anchor her collaborators in Newark. panel on the impact of the Racial Equality Framework participated in her discussion. Penn City Institute.
About RWBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive academic health care system, serving five million people in eight counties. The system includes Clara Mars Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, and 12 medical centers at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus. Includes emergency hospitals. Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset, Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Rahway, Rahway, Trinitas Regional Medical Center Elizabeth includes three acute pediatric hospitals, a pediatric specialty hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers, a stand-alone 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, an ambulatory care center, It has a geriatric center and the state’s largest behavioral health center. Health networks, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers, and two accountable care organizations.
With more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians, RWJBarnabas Health is one of New Jersey’s largest private employers and regularly wins national awards for excellence in quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health has partnered with Rutgers University to create the largest academic health care system in New Jersey. Through this partnership, RWJBarnabas Health will bring together Rutgers’ teaching, research and clinical resources, including the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Jersey’s only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, and Rutgers University Behavioral Health. Cooperate with activities.