Dr. Lidia Navarrete was honored with the Leadership In Diversity Award at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Strategic Grant Awards Luncheon held June 12.
The Leadership In Diversity Award recognizes an individual that illustrates exemplary performance in the area of diversity and inclusion. The award honors those that serve as a model and whose accomplishments are made through community engagement, awareness, bridge building, compassionate leadership and courageous advocacy.
Navarrete, a bilingual doctor from El Salvador with a specialty in OB/GYN and ultrasonography, has worked for many years as an HIV/AIDS/STD health educator specialist among the Hispanic community in South Carolina. She received training through the American Red Cross, DHEC and other organizations. In addition, she has worked with the Best Chance Network through the American Cancer Society providing outreach and health education to prevent cancer among female Hispanics.
Since 2001, Navarrete has served as director of the Good Samaritan Clinic with locations in Columbia and West Columbia, South Carolina. The Good Samaritan Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical and dental services to uninsured and low-income individuals in the Midlands.
"From the time Lidia was a child, her desire to help others was evident and she had the courage to follow that dream," said Dee Dee Chewning, vice chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Board of Trustees. "She was brave enough to leave her country, leaving her family behind, to face the challenges of language and cultural differences. Her dream soon became a calling and she never allowed obstacles or barriers to get in her way."
She participates as a volunteer in different ministries such as food and clothing banks and helps to distribute gifts and toys for children during Christmas with the Salvation Army. She also collaborates with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease as a speaker for the Hispanic community throughout South Carolina.
Navarrete has been recognized and is well known by the Hispanic community of Columbia. She was the recipient of the International Professional of the Year award in 2004 by the Columbia International Festival Committee. In 2005, she was recognized with the Influential Latina Award during the Teen Latina Scholarship Pageant and Honoring. In 2008, she was recognized by DHEC with the “Excellence in HIV/STD Clinical Service Award.”
Navarrete received her master’s degree in theological study and pastoral care and counseling from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.