New Orleans East Hospital CEO Becomes First African American Female to Serve as Board Chair for United Way of Southeast Louisiana

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Takeisha Davis, MD, MPH, President, and CEO of New Orleans East Hospital, has been named Board Chair of United Way Southeast Louisiana’s Board of Trustees for the 2022-23 year. Dr. Davis will be the first African American Female to serve in this role for the region.

“Community members across our region are struggling, but none more than those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color,” said Dr. Takeisha Davis, CEO of New Orleans East Hospital. “That is why I am proud and grateful to step into this role as the first African American Female Chairwoman of the Board to lead an organization committed to providing investments in communities with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.”

A proud native of New Orleans, Davis takes immense pride and responsibility in her cultural identity as an African American woman with a gift for healing communities on a widespread level. With the sheer amount of adversity facing Southeast Louisiana in coming years, the role as incoming board chair will prove vital to the organization and the path it intends to create to advance equity and address the myriad of issues that ultimately impact thousands of lives.

The incoming board chair announced that the organization is targeting its efforts to impact Orleans Parish, as well as Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines parishes, and others, who all have over one-third of citizens living under the poverty threshold or in an Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) household. ALICE households represent families and singles who work every day but are still unable to meet their basic needs such as food, housing, childcare, and more. With inflation on the rise and the consequences of the Pandemic looming, this is an increasing reality that will be seen across the region. The organization will work aggressively to address these barriers under the leadership of Dr. Davis.

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