Maria A. Caban Alizondo, Ph.D. is a 2021 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Maria A. Caban Alizondo at her Dissertation Defense.

From L-R: Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair, Dr. Merida Johns, Committee Member, Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Member

Dissertation Committee

  • Lize Booysen, DBL, Committee Chair
  • Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., FRSA, Committee Member
  • Merida Johns, Ph.D., RHIA, Committee Member


health information management, identity, identity construction, intersectionality, Latinx, leadership, women in the workplace

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The purpose of this qualitative research was to study the experiences of Latinx women who lead in health information management in the United States. Latinx health information management professionals are faced with everchanging workplace dynamics and biases in which they are repeatedly reminded of their individual and ethnic differences that require them to construct and co-construct new facets to their identities in social contexts. By grounding this work in narrative inquiry and viewing identities critically, space is given for delving deeper into the specifics of how gender, ethnicity, culture, and class influenced Latinx women’s leadership practice. Interviews offered the opportunity for discussion about how the Latinx women in this study navigated various faultlines and engaged in internal dialogues that contributed to their ability to construct, co-construct, and refuse identities on offer in two social contexts, family and the workplace. A Model of Dialogic Identity Construction in Practice emerged as a result of the participants’ stories. While this study shines a light on Latinx women, it also creates awareness and discussion for all ethnic minorities who are often underrepresented and overlooked in the workplace. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, and OhioLINK ETD Center,


Maria A. Caban Alizondo

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0000-0002-8705-3169

Maria Caban Alizondo is a practicing health information professional and is the Director of health information management at a large academic health system. Leading healthcare teams for over twenty-five years, she has served as President of the California Health Information Association, and as a Board Director for the national association, AHIMA. She holds a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University and is a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Her professional practice is focused on strategic organization change and leadership development with minority women. Maria speaks and presents nationally and internationally to the health information, information technology, and healthcare services sectors about regulatory and operational impacts in healthcare with a focus on the importance of understanding the intersections of diversity that includes an appreciation of the value that ethnic minorities, and in particular Latinx women bring the workforce. Maria is a dedicated thoughtful–disruptor and change agent committed to advocacy and leader development in her work as a scholar–practitioner.