The Delaware Valley Chapter is filled with a number of amazing individuals who achieve great success. Each month, the chapter recognizes some of its outstanding members through our "Member Spotlight"
Carolyn Ballard Freeman, MPH, FACHE
NAHSE Delaware Valley Chapter salutes Carolyn Ballard Freeman for her service and commitment to the chapter.
Carolyn Ballard Freeman, MPH, FACHE currently works for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW). The mission of Carolyn’s work is to improve the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by connecting skilled professionals with communities in need. As a Public Health Analyst, Carolyn helps support improved health care access via recruitment of primary care, behavioral health, and oral health clinicians who receive loan repayment and/or scholarships for health professional training and agree to work in communities with limited access to healthcare throughout the country.
She is one of the founding members of NAHSE who currently is a member of the Delaware Valley NAHSE Advisory Board. Over the years Carolyn has participated in a number of NAHSE events and finds the Early/Mid Careerist Event one of her favorites! “It’s important to pass down and hear from the future leaders in our field that are being introduced to options and opportunities we may not have had in the past”.
Carolyn has over forty years in health care management and policy development and has held leadership positions in hospitals, health departments, and foundations. An accomplishment she is proud of was the strong stakeholder community support to close In-Patient beds in a small hospital in 2001. This allowed her the opportunity to implement the hospital’s re-use plan incorporating much needed community based educational and behavioral health program that still exist today.
Carolyn trained as a Registered Nurse at the Albert Einstein Medical School of Nursing, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then completed her Bachelors of Health Education at Glassboro State College, Glassboro, (now Rowan University) in New Jersey. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the Columbia University School of Public Health in New York.
Carolyn and her husband enjoy the opportunity to balance their life with active participation in their church, and their community YMCA. They are also avid bike riders having completed the New York 5 Borough ride and Multiple Sclerosis 150 miles over the past several years.
Dana Beckton, Chief Diversity Officer
NAHSE Delaware Valley Chapter congratulates Dana Beckton on her new role and celebrates her commitment to the chapter.
Dana Beckton, recently joined Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk Virginia as their first Chief Diversity Officer. At Sentara, Dana will be responsible for engaging across the organization to set the vision and strategy to cultivate an inclusive work environment where diversity is embraced and developed and where all employees feel valued and have equal opportunities to succeed. Dana will drive the alignment between the Diversity & Inclusion plan and Sentara's business strategy. Additionally, Dana will help the system grow and retain a diverse workforce.
Previously she spent the last five years as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Christiana Care in Newark, DE. While at Christiana Care, Dana was responsible for developing and implementing a system-wide diversity and inclusion strategy and implementing seven Employee Resource Groups. She has worked tirelessly with the community to host inclusive activities to help diverse students experience the opportunities to learn about various careers in the healthcare industry.
Prior to working at Christiana Care Health System, Dana worked for 12 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dana rose to leadership positions in their Training and Development department and then in their Office of Diversity and Inclusion where she instituted their CEO-led Diversity and Inclusion Executive Council.
Dana has been an active member of the National Association of Health Service Executives, Delaware Valley Chapter, and served on the advisory board and as a mentor to Early Careerists. Dana served as the proxy member of the Delaware Pathways Health Career Industry Council and the chair of the diversity and inclusion sub-committee. She has also served as a guest speaker on various diversity and inclusion topics for companies and non-profit organizations including the Health Management Academy, PA Diversity Council, New Castle Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Conference, Delaware Pathways Conference and most recently at the National Diversity Council’s Diversity and Leadership Conference in Dallas TX.
Dana has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Temple University and her graduate degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University.
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