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Since 2010, Diana Arteaga, vice president of government relations and community/public affairs at Broward Health, has dedicated her professional career to public service.

Before taking the position at Broward Health in January 2018, she served as director of government relations/senior advisor to the city manager for the City of Miami, and worked as the South Florida market manager for Florida’s chief financial officer. She also served as legislative counsel/foreign affairs advisor for former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart in Washington, D.C.
 
“The best part of public service is how close you are to the issues, and your ability to take into consideration public need and the public voice,” she explained. “For the last decade of my career, I have experienced such professional growth and personal satisfaction that I would never consider trading it for a private sector position.”
 
 As part of the new transition team at Broward Health, Arteaga was tasked with leading the government affairs and community affairs portfolios, which included rebuilding and strengthening relationships with community organizations and stakeholders.
 
One of the first challenges she faced was revamping Broward Health’s sponsorship process, which includes supporting events that benefit the community. “When I arrived, sponsorships were at a halt; we weren’t working with community organizations that we had partnered with in the past, which was a big concern,” said Arteaga.
 
Working with Broward Health colleagues, she streamlined the process, made it electronic and educated the community on how to reengage.
 
“Now, Broward Health has strengthened its relationships with both small and large organizations, and is much more visible at community events,” said Arteaga.
 
She has also connected Broward Health leadership to work with different boards, including those of the Urban League and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. “This enables us to advise these organizations about concerns in the healthcare industry, especially safety net providers, so that we can help address issues that impact our entire community such as access to quality healthcare and homelessness,” said Arteaga.
 
She connected Broward Health with initiatives such as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s Business Council on Homelessness, which helped homeless individuals encamped in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and worked with Judge Jack Tuter to establish the first homeless community court in the area, creating a way to help homeless individuals repeatedly in front of the judiciary for minor offenses.
 
“A grant from the Department of Justice enabled Judge Tuter to create a program to take these minor offenders to a nonconfrontational setting, where we could identify their needs and bring in service providers to help,” Arteaga explained.
 
On the government relations side, Arteaga works with elected local, state and federal officials to coordinate and accomplish Broward Health’s legislative priorities.
 
“I did a lot of listening for the first few months, so that I could understand and then address concerns,” said Arteaga, who added that the health system values its relationships with these leaders who craft healthcare policy and secure appropriate levels of funding for safety net hospitals. “We face hurdles on a daily basis with healthcare policy, so it’s important to keep these lines of communication open. Sometimes we don’t even have to pick up the phone to talk about the effects of a proposed bill; they call us. We are very fortunate to have a board and CEO who are engaged in the process.”
 
Arteaga’s leadership was recently recognized when she was honored as a 2019 Hispanic Woman of Distinction this past August. “I was humbled to be nominated. I’d never participated in the event before, and all of a sudden, I found myself surrounded by more than 1,000 people at the Signature Grand,” she said.
 
Now in its 18th year, the luncheon honors Hispanic women making a difference in South Florida. “I’m pleased that we’re now seeing more Hispanic women in leadership positions in all industries,” said Arteaga. “It was encouraging to see so many diverse professions represented among the honorees.”
 
While Arteaga said that it was a “huge transition” to come from Miami-Dade County to Broward County, she is thrilled with her role at Broward Health.
 
“Broward Health is very much an inclusive organization and I really like seeing the difference we make in the community every single day. I really enjoy working face to face with the community and government leaders,” she said.
 
“Public service is very near and dear to my heart,” she added. “It’s not easy at times, and you’re subject to great scrutiny and responsibility, so that makes it even more challenging. But it has been a great career choice for both personal and professional growth.”