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HSS Director Of Community Engagement Honored By National Rheumatology Association

While in college, Jillian Rose began to truly understand the impact of poor health services on marginalized, minority communities. It was then that she found her calling and decided on a career in health policy and social work.
While in college, Jillian Rose began to truly understand the impact of poor health services on marginalized, minority communities. It was then that she found her calling and decided on a career in health policy and social work. Photo Credit: Contributed

Fairfield’s Jillian Rose, LCSW, MPH, was honored by the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), receiving the Distinguished Educator Award during the American College of Rheumatology/ARHP annual meeting in October.

Rose, originally from Guyana, has been with the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) since 2005 and has long been recognized by her colleagues as an innovative thought leader, talented educator and compassionate individual. She currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement, Diversity, and Research for HSS in New York City.

The award honors an ARHP member "who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the teaching of patients and students/trainees, including health professional students, medical students, residents, graduate students, and/or fellows, with their primary focus being rheumatology-related content," according to the association.

Rose has dedicated much of her work to understanding inequalities in rheumatology care and addressing them through educational programs for health professionals, as well as patients, to promote the highest quality of care for all.

"To be recognized for doing work that is your life passion is an amazing honor," she said.

"This award is especially meaningful to me as a social worker and a change-agent for people who are disproportionately affected by negative health care outcomes. I am committed to education as a platform to empower both patients and health care providers to achieve the best health care outcomes."

Rose fosters education in rheumatology care through a number of initiatives at HSS. She plays an integral role in the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Service Plan and has developed and implemented hospital-wide training for staff on working with multicultural populations, fostering an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ community and chairing the LGBTQ Committee at HSS.

For more information, please visit the Hospital for Special Surgery .

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