TITLE: Program Officer
FOCUS AREAS: Healthcare
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PROFILE: Jason Baisden has been a program officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Foundation since September 2014. He is the primary contact in the trust's Health Care Division for grantseekers in Eastern North Carolina. Previously, he was the executive director of the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics for over six years and the marketing director for over four years.
His LinkedIn profile shares:
Primary contact for grantees and potential grantees in the Eastern North Carolina region for the Trust’s Health Care Division.
Maintain relationships with various groups—including nonprofits, hospitals, government agencies and local schools—that are key to improving community health.
Convene community and nonprofit leaders around specific issues
Work to ensure grantees’ work is in line with the Trust’s long-term strategic goals
Spearhead Healthy Places NC, the Trust’s long-term initiative to improve the health of rural communities, in eastern North Carolina.
Work with other funders – Develop and maintain a working knowledge of successful foundation and government-funded programs related to the Trust’s areas of emphasis. Study these programs for potential Trust implementation or collaboration. Introduce these programs to potential grantees by connecting them to funders.
His professional bio shares:
Jason Baisden is a Healthcare Division program officer at the Trust, serving as the primary contact for grantees and potential grantees in the Eastern North Carolina region. Jason works with local partners in each county to leverage resources to improve the quality of life and health for low-income residents.
In his previous role, Jason served as the executive director of the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics (NCAFC), where he was responsible for leading a membership of over 82 free clinics as well as implementing NCAFC's strategic goals and its mission. He was the Association’s lead contact for all legislative and advocacy efforts. In this capacity worked with many communities throughout North Carolina to promote access to quality primary care and was instrumental in the development of over 28 free clinics from 2004 to 2013. Nationally, within the free clinic sector, Jason is most notably recognized for his Quality Improvement Initiative and health outcomes work within North Carolina. This work was featured in the U.S. Congressional Record and promoted as a model for other states.
Jason began his nonprofit career at Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina in its Workforce Development division. He assisted in providing job training for individuals seeking employment and worked with local employers to find qualified candidates matched to their specific workforce needs. It was here that Jason began to learn the value of strong networks, understanding community resources and assets and the benefits of forging strong partnerships.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Appalachian State University. He grew up in Lumberton, NC, and currently resides in Winston-Salem with his wife, Debbie, and their four boys. In his spare time, Jason enjoys the outdoors and annually hikes a portion of the Appalachian Trail and loves to watch ACC basketball.