HONOLULU — Joy Barua has been promoted to senior director of government and community relations & community benefit for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, the organization announced today. He previously served as managing director of community benefit, community relations and health policy, overseeing Kaiser Permanente’s community outreach and corporate giving in support of community health and wellness at a statewide level.
As the new head of government relations, Barua will represent and advocate on behalf of Kaiser Permanente and its community health mission on legislative issues, public policies and regulatory affairs. He will also continue to lead Kaiser Permanente’s community benefit and community relations departments, guiding the health care organization’s social mission and overseeing its charitable efforts throughout the state.
“Joy is a passionate advocate, with a strong personal and professional mission to advance total health in Hawaii,” said Mary Ann Barnes, RN, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Hawaii Region.
Barua came to Kaiser Permanente in 2010 from Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP), a nonprofit social and human services agency serving economically challenged individuals. During his four years at HCAP, Barua served in several roles, including director of planning, development and communications; director of finance, managing a $22 million budget; and executive director, overseeing 500 employees at more than 90 sites on Oahu. Prior to that, he served as project director and business manager at Pacific Gateway Center, an economic development organization.
Barua was recently named a Leader in Healthcare by Pacific Edge Magazine in 2016; a “Top 100 Under 50” Emerging Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, a national publication, in 2015; and Hawaii Business Magazine’s “20 for the Next 20” People to Watch in 2014. He is a faculty lecturer at Hawaii Pacific University, his alma mater, where he received master’s degrees in business administration and organizational change. Barua completed the Harvard Law School and Columbia Business School Executive Education programs, as well as Omidyar Fellows and Pacific Century Fellows. He is active in more than 30 social causes, task forces and boards benefiting the state of Hawaii, including the Hawaii Public Health Institute board of directors and the Lt. Governor’s Farm-to-School Taskforce.
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