Jane Caruso -- a research scientist in the Division of Family Health Services who is Ryan White Part D Project Director for the state’s Family Centered HIV Care Network -- was given the national Rebecca Denison Award at the recent Ryan White Grantee Meeting and 13th Annual Clinical Conference in Washington D.C.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration, chose Jane from among the Ryan White Part D grantee programs in the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The award recognizes a grantee that “has demonstrated outstanding skill and innovation to implement the programs and services of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, and improve the lives of individuals living with HIV and AIDS.” HRSA noted Jane has shown “excellence and commitment to expanding primary health care to women, infants, children, youth, and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in New Jersey.”
Jane oversees the more than $2 million Part D grant program to provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive medical care and social service support to more than 3,600 patients. The network of seven, hospital-based clinics strategically placed so patients can access family-centered, outpatient care in all 21 counties.
She is both Project Director and Quality Manager for the state’s Part D program, and leads a statewide team to improve care for the more than 13,000 patients served by the 17 Ryan White-funded agencies across the state.
A 30-year veteran of DHSS, Jane worked as a public health epidemiologist in the Division of HIV/AIDS before coming to Family Health Services in 1999. Previously, she had been a microbiologist in the Public Health and Environmental Laboratories.