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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP n WOMEN IN HEALTH SAFE Credit Union A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION GENUINELY COMMITTED TO SERVING OTHERS S AFE Credit Union is different from banks because they put members above profits, and “ has 25 years of experience in financial services. Faye From our vibrant culture and amazing products, to the way we serve the community, we are committed to doing the right things for the right reasons. says her position is traditionally held by men, and — FAYE NABHANI acknowledges that the support she has received as a Executive VP & Chief Credit Officer different from most credit unions because they embrace a commitment to provide only the best banking solutions. Faye Nabhani, executive vice president and chief credit officer for SAFE, says the company’s culture is rooted in being true to that philosophy. “At SAFE, there is a genuine belief in serving our members, employees and the community. This principal isn’t just something we talk about — we practice it every day.” Nabhani has worked for SAFE the last three years, but female leader is another example of SAFE’s core values. “In order to be successful in leadership, trust within the organization must exist,” Nabhani continues. “Mutual trust is the basis to ensure we hold ourselves accountable, perform our job and then share in ” successes. I am fortunate to work for a credit union that has entrusted me with great responsibility, and champions female empowerment.” Russell Nichols is a freelance writer who focuses on technology, culture and men- tal health. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Governing Magazine and Government Technology. On Twitter @russellnichols. With 21 branches and 700 employees, SAFE is well known for its community involvement. “Whether supporting local nonprofits, or providing financial literacy programs in schools, we are proud to serve the ambitious consumers and businesses of our 2295 Iron Point Road, Suite 100 Folsom, CA 95630 region,” Nabhani says. CLIENT PROFILE 84 | March 2019 ry contributor to low birth weight, can be lifesaving. By engaging women of color in their own communities — and not in for- mal systems where they have often felt marginalized — mothers can feel safer and connected, Porteus says. A nurtur- ing environment with culturally similar staff, he adds, helps their babies to be born healthy. This vital emphasis on customizing patient care also inspired Sadovniko- va to diversify her lactation simulators. When developing the vests, she found a disproportionate emphasis on white breasts in all the images, textbooks and learning tools. “Our patients are not equally sup- ported by physicians and nursing staffs,” she says. “If the health professionals do get breastfeeding education, they only see pictures of white breasts. How can they support diverse breastfeeding fam- ilies if they never get practice doing that?” Sadovnikova’s vests come in four different skin tones so patients can wear simulators that match their own bodies. Her training tools also feature a variety of skin colors, and she’s working on de- veloping teaching scenarios to highlight cultural differences that impact how pa- tients view nursing. Understanding cul- tural nuances will help health profession- als provide “culturally competent care” that make mothers feel cared for, which Cofer calls a critical piece in the matura- tion of maternal health. “Prenatal care is one piece of the wheel. Same thing for postpartum care,” Cofer says. “Of course, the goal is not to have unhealthy people in the first place, so care is not the linchpin on whether they live or die.” n