School of Public Health graduate Dr. Andrea Boudreaux named CEO of Lamaze International

Health care industry veteran to lead the organization’s healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting initiatives with a focus on growth and diversity
November 5, 2020

Dr. Andrea J. Boudreaux, FACHE, has been named the first African American chief executive officer in the 60-year history of Lamaze International, a global nonprofit organization that advances safe and healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting through evidence-based education and advocacy.

“I am very proud of the thinking, transparent communications and application of equitable and consistent care that defined the whole experience of selecting Dr. Boudreaux as the new leader of Lamaze,” said Alice Turner, LCCE, CD (DONA), president of Lamaze International. “Her qualifications make her the ideal fit to lead our organization into the next phase of its growth providing trusted, evidence-based information to parents and childbirth educators.”

Since graduating from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health where she serves on the Alumni Advisory Board, Boudreaux has provided progressive leadership in some of the nation’s largest health care organizations. Most recently, she served as a senior partner with Manhattan-based JCG Consulting Group, where she led all clinical transformation efforts with clients across the nation to improve care delivery, as well as COVID- 19 response and operations management. In that capacity, Boudreaux led a 19-state service line development, opened an integrated clinic for the treatment of hepatitis C patients, and redesigned a care delivery model for a regional health plan.

“While at School of Public Health, I learned the significance of outreach and the importance of investment in marginalized communities. Many of our programs and research were around improving access in communities that had historically been under resourced,” Boudreaux said. “I am bringing that work with me to Lamaze International as we seek to address the rising rates of maternal and fetal mortality, especially in the African American community. Black and Brown mothers are three to four times more likely to die during or immediately following childbirth. This is a statistic we must change. I’m proud to be an alum of a school that is more like a family, and that taught me how to fight for those who are ignored.”

As a tireless advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, Boudreaux has focused on helping organizations operationalize diversity. As a regional chief diversity officer with HCA, she was instrumental in improving patient outcomes and expanding services across the $50-billion organization.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion is about more than simply hiring minorities,” Boudreaux said. “It is about transforming business practices to specifically outreach to underserved communities.”

A medical psychologist by training, Boudreaux spent nearly a decade in clinical practice working diligently to improve the health of children and adolescents through the integration of behavioral health and primary care. Her research interests include the integration of spirituality and religion, psychotherapy and addressing the underutilization of mental health services, especially within the African American community.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell

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