Dr. Mary Frances Oneha, Chief Executive Officer of the Waimānalo Health Center in Waimānalo, Hawaii, was honored by the White House this week and named one of fifteen Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women selected as “Champions of Change.” The event, held as part of AAPI Heritage Month, recognized AAPI women who are working to “create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future for their communities and the country.”
“These fifteen women represent the strength and diversity of the AAPI community. These leaders – in business, advocacy, philanthropy, sports, the arts, and academia – are wonderful examples for young women across the country,” said Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.
The “Champions of Change” program is an opportunity for the White House to feature Americans, including business and organizations, working to better their communities. “Champions” are nominated by the public and those selected are invited to the Washington to share their ideas.
A nurse with over 30 years of experience, Oneha has spent two decades serving Native Hawaiian communities. Aloha and congratulations to yet another health center leader who is being recognized for her hard work and commitment to community health.