Motivated by the Mission: Jacinta Staples MSN, RN, Spotlight

Lurie Children’s values and celebrates the diverse identities that build and enrich our hospital and Chicago community. We seek employees who share a variety of perspectives and life experiences because diverse identities and perspectives strengthen the fabric of our medical center. Lurie Children’s cultivates an open, affirming and inclusive work environment for all staff.

This Black History Month, we’re highlighting members of our world-class team who are making a difference. At Lurie Children’s, we’re committed to promoting inclusion so that all members of our community feel valued, heard and safe and so every child can realize the promise of a healthier future.

Jacinta Staples, MSN, RN, Director of Community-Clinic Collaborations at Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities, is a 12-year Lurie Children’s veteran, and we honor the inspiring work she does daily. The Magoon Institute’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of youth and families beyond hospital walls, as well as emphasize, promote and advance health equity in under-resourced areas in Chicago.

In her role, Jacinta is responsible for overseeing operations for programs and initiatives that connect Lurie Children’s clinical experts to the community. This ranges from making COVID-19 vaccination and testing events more accessible to neighbors across Chicago, to the Mobile Health Program – an effort that combines quality care and convenience, bringing clinical services to families who can’t be on site at the hospital.

These programs are impactful for adults and kids alike, providing parents with an overwhelming sense of reassurance that their children and communities are being prioritized from a healthcare perspective. Jacinta is humbled to deliver these services to places so near and dear to her heart.

Q: Why is the work the Magoon Institute does especially meaningful to you?

Many of the patient families that we see in the hospital come from disadvantaged communities with limited resources. Unfortunately, some of the members of the community are not able to even make it to our hospital for various reasons. I was born and raised in these communities and can relate to many of the challenges associated with social influencers of health, health disparities, and health inequities. My goal is to continue to advocate for the youth in the community and help provide any resources possible that will improve access to quality care.

Q: What made you want to get into the healthcare field?

While I was working in professional sports, I led my church’s blood drive operations sponsored by the American Red Cross for the Sickle Cell Blood Donor Program. Whenever I’d think of how we were helping to save the lives of these young patients with sickle cell disease, I would become tearful with so much emotion. The experiences were so touching that I decided to leave sports and transition to healthcare. I became the community outreach coordinator for the Sickle Cell Blood Donor Program [at Lurie Children’s] and, soon thereafter, enrolled in nursing school and became a registered nurse in hematology/oncology. It’s been a tremendously rewarding career that I’m so humbled and fortunate to experience.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

Developing opportunities to provide quality healthcare to children and youth in the spaces where they live, learn, and play. It’s very rewarding to experience a different level of comfort from the families when we bring healthcare services to their communities.  

We thank Jacinta for her fierce commitment to these worthwhile causes, both on the front lines and out in the field. Her passion is admirable, and Lurie Children’s is fortunate to have her leadership.

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