Jason Baisden is a program officer at the Trust. He serves as the primary contact for grantees and potential grantees in the Western North Carolina region for the Trust's Health Improvement program area. 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.