Under-recognition of African American Women Healthcare Leaders: A Phenomenological Qualitative Analysis in Greater Houston, Texas


Franklin University Dissertation Excellence Award - Nominee (Fall 2023)

Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)

Committee Chair

Mary Bynum

Committee Member

Crissie Jameson

Committee Member

Treasure Miller


Houston, Texas, a sprawling metropolis known for its diverse population, is home to a vibrant and thriving healthcare industry. Within this sector, African American women have emerged as influential leaders, catalyzing change and innovation. Nevertheless, Black women leaders in healthcare continue to encounter obstacles such as gender bias and racial discrimination. Overcoming these challenges requires resilience, mentorship, and a commitment to dismantling systemic barriers. African American women in healthcare leadership roles in Houston, Texas, are instrumental in shaping the healthcare landscape and advancing health equity. This work sheds light on the experiences, achievements, and challenges faced by Black women in healthcare leadership roles.