Raleigh, N.C. – HD Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to helping patients and families affected by Huntington’s disease, named Jared Husketh Director of Clinical Services.
Husketh, a North Carolina native and member of the National Association of Social Workers, will coordinate statewide efforts to connect HD patients and families with medical and health care professionals, community resources, family education, and support groups.
Huntington’s disease is “under-recognized,” according to Dr. Francis Walker, a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Movement Disorder Clinic at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “A small group of neurologists and physicians have seen Huntington’s.”
A big challenge for HD Reach is “helping patients find someone who could provide them with medical care,” says Walker, Chair of the HD Reach Medical Advisory Committee, a collaboration of statewide HD experts. “We have a huge state. Not everyone can go to Duke, UNC or Wake Forest for treatment.”
Huntington’s disease is a hereditary, progressively degenerative brain disorder without a cure, and only one approved treatment for symptoms. Huntington’s causes involuntary body movements, cognitive decline and a host of behavioral disturbances that slowly diminish a person’s ability to walk, talk, and reason.
“Jared is uniquely qualified to take the HD Reach mission statewide,” says Dr. Mary Edmondson, Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at Duke University and President of HD Reach. “In addition to his education and work experiences, he has been a family caregiver for loved ones with progressive motor and cognitive impairment. He is drawn to work with Huntington’s families because he understands the day-to-day challenges of living with a progressive neurologic disease. With Jared at the helm, we can now bring hope and help to the HD community from the mountains to the coast.”
Husketh completed his Master’s degree in Social Work at North Carolina State University and holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Anthropology from NCSU. Jared’s thesis included extensive research on human services program development, monitoring, and evaluation.
Mary C. Edmondson, MD
President, HD Reach
Jared Husketh, MSW
Director of Clinical Services, HD Reach