Message from the Executive Director

Strengthening Communities Globally

Andrea Norberg, MSN, RN
FXB Center Executive DirectorAndrea Norberg, FXB Center Executive Director

For more than 25 years, the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center has been committed to improving the health of vulnerable women, children, youth and families, and to building capacity in the communities and systems that serve them. In the 1980s at United Hospital in NJ, the FXB Center developed a family-centered, multidisciplinary model for pediatric HIV care in response to acute community need. In the 1990s, the Center moved to the UMDNJ School of Nursing and received funding from Countess Albina du Boisrouvray to enhance the local clinical program and to expand the Center’s expertise to the rapidly growing HIV pandemic.  In recognition of this generous award, the Center was named in honor of her son. FXB Center soon implemented an international training program for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women with HIV infection, as well as perinatally-infected infants and children, and trained more than 200 healthcare providers from 37 countries on five continents.

Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, the FXB Center has contributed to every major development in pediatric and perinatal HIV, including the landmark PACTG 076 protocol for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT); the first antiretroviral treatment guidelines for children; the first international pediatric HIV training program; and the first national resource center and website dedicated to sharing state-of-the-art pediatric HIV information with providers and consumers. Today, FXB continues its original commitment by strengthening communities locally, nationally and globally by providing clinical care, education, training, technical assistance and capacity building. FXB Center’s role as a regional and national leader guiding health system change in HIV care, treatment and prevention positions us to continue to make important contributions to community health.  FXB appreciates the changes needed to reform health care in the US and values the need to shift from a health care paradigm that is focused solely on the patient-provider dyad to one that emphasizes a more holistic, population health perspective as we have seen in the HIV/ Ryan White community. These forces create new opportunities for FXB to advance as a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating new strategies to improve health and reduce system costs. FXB’s Child Health Program, as a regional leader, has significant opportunities to emerge as a national model of care for children in the child welfare system.

I feel extremely honored to work with this extraordinary FXB team. Together we lead more than 15 grant-funded programs throughout the nation and world, always remembering and drawing upon our unique experiences and history of caring for children and families living with HIV in northern New Jersey.

I encourage you to explore our website and familiarize yourself with our programs, resources and continuing education, and to contact us if you need additional assistance.

We look forward to your feedback.

Signed by Andrea Norberg

Andrea Norberg, MSN, RN
Executive Director
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center
FXBCenter@sn.rutgers.edu
973-972-5644

 

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