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Aug. 24, 2023

HANYS announces 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development Scholarship recipients

As part of the Healthcare Association of New York State’s ongoing effort to improve health equity and with support from the Milbank Foundation, HANYS is pleased to announce our latest Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development Scholarship recipients.

Awarded a scholarship for The Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement, in collaboration with Cornell University:

  • Tonya Richards, PHR, CDP, SHRM-CP, CHHR, VP, Human Resources Operations and Organizational Development, Maimonides Health
  • Saema Khandakar, MD, Attending, Pediatric Hospitalist, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

Awarded a scholarship for the eCornell Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate Program

  • Anuradha Iyer, MA, MS, CJCP, CPHQ, Senior Director of Quality Management, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
  • Thaina R. Pierre, DO, Chief Equity Officer, Patient Safety Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
  • Sheniece L. Martin-Stancil-El, DNP, RN, CNL, Nursing Director for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, University of Rochester Medical Center

Past recipients can be found on our website.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate these five emerging leaders,” said HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD. “These scholarship recipients have been recognized by their managers and colleagues for their positive contributions to their teams and organizations. We look forward to seeing them continue to develop their leadership skills and continue to make positive impacts on their communities.”

HANYS is committed to systematically and intentionally closing economic, age, racial, gender, ability and other health gaps in every New York community. Closing these gaps enables individuals to achieve optimal health through the delivery of equitable health services. We expect to issue our next call for applications for our Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development Scholarship in spring 2024.

Congratulations to all of our awardees!


The Healthcare Association of New York State is New York’s statewide hospital and continuing care association, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.