Gail Barouh, PhD, functioned as the CEO of LIAAC or “Long Island Association for AIDS Care Inc” since its first opening in 1986 until June 2017 when she retired. Due to her hard work, LIAAC has come a long way. Nowadays, LIAAC works with over 1,100 individuals, affected with HIV/AIDS and those who are closest to them.
Over this time
Through the years, Dr. Barouh has been recognized for her community service and efforts by the Nassau County chapter of the National Organization for Women and the “Suffolk County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union”. She has been featured in many publications. Dr. Barouh has served on many boards as well as councils across Long Island and New York including Health and Welfare Council of Nassau County, Nassau and Suffolk HIV Commissions and more.
First support group
Dr. Gail Barouh LIAAC began Long Island, New York’s first support groups for those who are close to someone who is infected with HIV/AIDS to offer them the support that they need. Additionally, to the start-up, she also aided with these groups for over seven years. She has shared her expertise in this field with health care professionals across the country in her nationally distributed book as well as in seminars throughout the United States.
In 1997, Dr. Barouh assisted with the launch of BiasHELP, Inc., which is an association with a commitment to reducing the consequence of bias crimes. She developed a diversity training model which has been used across schools and large corporations. Additionally, Dr. Barouh acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. (LIAAC) and BiasHELP, Inc.
Since her retirement, Dr. Barouh has come to be a well-known consultant to many profits as well as non-profit organizations. Gail Barouh continues to be an activist in the LGBTQ community offering her support for anti-discrimination, marriage and equality.
Dr Barouh has continued to work with spreading the word on Hepatitis. May was Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19, 2018 was National Hepatitis Testing Day, which is an opportunity to put light on this epidemic hidden by bring awareness of viral hepatitis and to encourage people in priority groups to get tested.