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Lisette Martinez, Bonnie Blair, Irene Cullagh



Lisette Martinez has been named Yale New Haven Health System's chief diversity officer. In this new position, she will be responsible for the success and continued growth of the system's diversity and inclusion efforts, guiding the analysis, development and implementation of strategies to advance diversity and inclusion. Before joining YNHHS, she was director of Diversity and Language Services at TriHealth, Inc. in Cincinnati, and before that, senior program manager of Supplier Diversity and Vendor Development for Macy's. Martinez earned her bachelor's in marketing and management from the University of Cincinnati and her MBA from Thomas More College.

Bonnie Blair, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, received the Hope After Loss Compassionate Care Award for excellence in the care of families that have lost a pregnancy or infant. She was nominated by a patient who remarked on Blair's "extraordinary and inspiring" care. The award was presented June 8, at the Hope After Loss Foundation's award gala.

Irene Cullagh, RN
, an international board-certified lactation consultant and YNHH lactation nurse specialist, received the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition's Mothers and Their Families Award. The award recognizes Cullagh's commitment and efforts to support breastfeeding and overcoming barriers to engage breastfeeding mothers. The award was presented June 15 at the coalition's annual conference.