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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Appoints Director of Diversity and Inclusion


Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN(NEWARK, NJ) June 7, 2017- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) has appointed Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, as Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

In her role, Ms. Rashidi, will work in alignment with the goals and strategies of RWJBarnabas Health’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to incorporate and strengthen Newark Beth Israel’s existing diversity and inclusion efforts.

She will oversee the development, promotion, and implementation of initiatives that lead to equitable outcomes; and continue to develop strong community partnerships with the aim of improving population health and reducing health care disparities.

“I am excited to be a part of a team charged with influencing change in the way we work, interact and embrace diversity,” said Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

“Over the course of my career and especially through my work with Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp, I’ve learned the value of honoring individual differences among groups and how to maximize those differences to achieve positive outcomes.”

Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, has more than 20 years of experience leading and coordinating community outreach initiatives at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and CHoNJ where she held numerous leadership roles most recently serving as Director of Special Projects.

Ms. Rashidi has also served as Director of Clinical Engagement of the Community, Director of Patient Experience, and Interim Vice President of Community Relations.

Most notably, she worked as the program administrator for the Hire Newark Employment Ready Boot Camp initiative, created by Newark Beth Israel and RWJBarnabas Health as part of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s city-wide Centers of Hope initiative. This extremely successful program creates job opportunities for Newark residents, and fosters economic growth and income stability in the City of Newark.

“Newark Beth Israel has always been committed to diversity and inclusion, and Atiya Jaha-Rashidi has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to that part of our mission. Under her leadership, we look forward to continued success, increasing access to care for all residents of Newark and its surrounding communities,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Atiya is a Registered Nurse and received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Administration from Rutgers University.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top ten heart transplant centers, Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community.

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