Newark, NJ—Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, will present its Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women to Christine Baker, Ph.D, Director of the Family Life Education Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), at an awards dinner on May 16 at their annual Live Your Dream Awards event. The dinner will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Essex County Country Club, 350 Mt. Pleasant Ave., West Orange.
The Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women recognizes and honors the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work.
As Director of the Family Life Education Center, Dr. Baker has established an innovative and interactive, bilingual online teen education center about the dangers of interpersonal, partner or dating violence and offers an accompanying support group. The combination of services, including an additional link on the website that offers an opportunity to talk to an expert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is a groundbreaking effort, the first in New Jersey, to reach teens where they are most likely to search for information. The new site, AreasKeepGirlsSafe.com, is made possible by a grant from The Verizon Foundation through a Domestic Violence Solutions award.
Dr. Baker, a resident of South Orange, is a Supervising Psychologist at the Metro Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) at NBIMC. She is a former President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC-NJ). Dr. Baker was recognized with the “President’s Honor Roll” award by national APSAC. She currently serves on the Prevention Committee of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.
According to Dr. Baker: “We decided to address the needs of our middle and high school girls by meeting them where they are, on the internet, through a bilingual website that addresses questions about domestic violence, dating abuse and other areas of concern. Teen girls who witness violence are at risk for victimization now and in the future, even if they think they are not.”
For more information about Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex, contact Arlene Bell at 908-303-6922 or by email at ABell507@2jbell.com.
The Family Life Education Center at NBIMC is part of the Metro Regional Diagnostic Treatment Center, one of New Jersey’s four legislatively designated centers of excellence for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. For more information or to make a donation, please call (973) 926-4500.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
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Date:May 4, 2012
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