(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
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.