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Washington Business Journal names Tonya Vidal Kinlow as a 2018 Minority Business Leader

March 22, 2018

WASHINGTON - The Washington Business Journal has named Tonya Vidal Kinlow, M.P.A., vice president of Community Engagement, Advocacy  and Government Affairs at Children’s National Health System, to their 2018 list of Minority Business Leaders. Ms. Kinlow will be honored among 25 other business leaders in the region at an award reception being held today, at the MGM National Harbor.

In her position, Ms. Kinlow leads the local and national advocacy and community health education efforts within the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National. She works with federal and local government stakeholders to ensure the needs of children are kept at the forefront of policy and regulation development. “I help legislators, business leaders, community advocates and policy makers come together to ensure we’re providing two foundational services that every child needs in order to thrive—health care and education,” says Ms. Kinlow.

As a community leader and a continuous advocate for children, her influence extends beyond health care. Ms. Kinlow is a former member of the D.C. Board of Education where she supported the charter for many successful schools that serve District children and youth today.

“Tonya is a true advocate and champion for children within the community,” says Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children’s National. “We’re thankful for all the support she provides for our kids and our community and excited to see her receive this well-deserved award.”

Ms. Kinlow currently serves as a board member for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the Greater Washington Urban League and the Consumer Health Foundation and is co-chair of the Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., GEMS. She received her master’s degree in Public Administration from American University and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans, La.

Media Contact: Simone Hunter | 301-244-6730

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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