Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer — RWJBarnabas Health, Office of the President
Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE currently serves as the Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, Office of the President. In her role, Ms. Parks is responsible for corporate diversity and inclusion efforts including but not limited to trustee and leadership engagement, employee optimization, supplier inclusion, diverse community partnerships, cultural competency development, health equity, and population health management. These efforts include the creation of the operational plan with defined mission-driven strategy, business goals, and measurable outcomes for system-wide implementation and expansion of diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Prior to joining RWJBarnabas Health, Ms. Parks served as Vice President of Behavioral Health and Forensics Services at East Orange General Hospital overseeing Psychiatric Emergency Services, Behavioral Health Adult Inpatient, Behavioral Health Adult and Children Outpatient Services, Behavioral Health Adult Partial Hospitalization, Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, Supportive Housing, and Forensic Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment. During her tenure there, Ms. Parks also assumed responsibility for Radiology Diagnostic Services, Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, and Respiratory Services. She also led the charge to build a brand new state of the art psychiatric inpatient unit which opened in October of 2014.
Ms. Parks was also the Associate Executive Director for the Mental Health Association of Essex County in Montclair, New Jersey. She successfully secured a re-integration and jail diversion grant to establish a formal partnership between Essex County Correctional Facility and the community health care providers to integrate and divert individuals from incarceration.
Ms. Parks received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University. She is a Fellow of Leadership New Jersey and board certified in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executive Fellow. Most recently, Ms. Parks participated in the Executive Education Program Mini-MBA in Strategic Healthcare Management for Practices at Rutgers University.
Ms. Parks sits on the Board of Trustees for the Richard J. Codey Fund for Mental Health. She was also a panelist for the City of Newark Town Hall forums led by Mayor Ras Baraka with the Department of Health and Community Wellness to identify health disparities with the goal of creating a healthcare system that does not discriminate against socially disadvantaged populations. Ms. Parks is passionate about providing equitable, safe, effective, and patient-centered healthcare while maintaining the ultimate accountability of removing health disparities in the communities we live, work, and serve.