RWJ University Hospital appoints a LGBT health liaison

Jackie Baras at RWJ-Barnabas Hospital in 2018
Jackie Baras at RWJ-Barnabas Hospital in 2018
 Jackie Baras named LGBT Health Navigator at RWJUH

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has named Piscataway resident Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN, LGBT Health Navigator. In her position, Baras will serve as a representative and liaison for LGBT patients and employees at RWJUH.

“Baras will provide governance and oversight to ensure that LGBT employees and patients are able to successfully navigate all available resources to address the full spectrum of her patients’ and employees’ healthcare needs,” said RWJUH in a press release.

A part of Baras’ role will focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and innovations. She will addressing knowledge gaps and identify community referrals while working with hospital employees to ensure LGBT healthcare services are coordinated and delivered seamlessly.

Baras will address the unique healthcare needs of the LGBT community

“I am both honored and excited to assume this new role,” Baras said. “As RWJUH and other healthcare organizations recognize the importance of addressing the unique healthcare needs of the LGBT community, there is a tremendous need to build strong, coordinated networks among providers and community-based organizations which serve as advocates for the LGBT community. Many LGBT individuals may not be aware of the broad range of resources that are available and I am looking forward to connecting them with existing services and building partnerships to develop new programs that will meet the needs of this community.”

“By sharing her personal experiences and demonstrating a tireless commitment to providing the highest-quality healthcare services to the LGBT community, Jackie continues to serve as an inspiration to us all,” said John J. Gantner, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH. “Jackie was a driving force behind the first Health Equality Index application that established RWJUH as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.  I am proud to say that RWJUH New Brunswick has achieved this prestigious designation four consecutive years due in large part to Jackie’s hard work. Appointing Jackie to this role represents the next important step in our journey and we are excited about the possibilities that lie ahead under her leadership.”

In addition to her new appointment, Baras also serves as Quality Nurse Manager for PeriOperative Services; Lead Group Facilitator, PROUDLY ME Education/  Support Group; Group Facilitator, PROUD Community Advisory Council and Co-Chair PROUD Business Resource Group at RWJUH.

Baras established the PROUD Family Health Center at RWJUH Somerset

Baras has transformed the tapestry of healthcare in New Jersey by eliminating LGBT healthcare disparities. She was instrumental in launching the first LGBT Business Resource Group called PROUD (Promoting Respect, Outreach, Understanding, and Dignity) at RWJUH. Baras also worked with hospital leadership to establish the PROUD Family Health Center at RWJUH Somerset. It was the first hospital based LGBT clinic in the New Jersey and was part of the team that created PROUD Transitions — a Transgender Family Support Group.

Baras worked closely with RWJUH’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion on several LGBT initiatives. These include The Health Equality Index application established RWJUH as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign. Earlier this year, Baras, helped launch “PROUDLY ME” – a Transgender EduPort (Education and Support) Program at RWJUH, where she serves as the lead facilitator.