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Annual Conference of the New Jersey Public Health Association: “What Dictates Health – Is it Genetics or Zip Code? Health Equity, Research and Policy for a Healthier New Jersey”
October 2, 2018

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA) presents its Annual Conference at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University – Newark campus. The association developed this year’s theme, “What Dictates Health – Is it Genetics or Zip Code? Health Equity, Research and Policy for a Healthier New Jersey,” to describe how health is linked to broader geospatial factors and community needs; to showcase a place-based needs approach that addresses social, and environmental factors impacting individual community health; and to discuss relevance of compatibility of the State and community health data as needed for making policies and developing programs aimed at removing barriers to health. Register now

Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN, President-elect of the American Public Health Association, delivers the day’s keynote address. The conference agenda also features these distinguished speakers:

  • Denise V. Rodgers, MD, FAAFP, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Director, Rutgers Urban Health and Wellness Institute, on the topic “Addressing Barriers to Health- One Zip Code at a Time.”
  • Valeri L. Mielke, MSW, Assistant Commissioner of the NJ Department of Health Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, on the topic “Where Is the Place of Mental Health in Equitable Health?”
  • Abate Mammo, PhD, Director of the Center for Health Statistics for the New Jersey Department of Health, on the topic “Can We Rely on Currently Collected Data to Identify Clusters of Social Determinants That Can Be Used For the Place-based Approaches to Address the Health Issues?”

Conference participants can also attend the panel sessions “Mapping and Placed-based Approaches to Addressing Social and Environmental Factors Impacting Community Health,” and “Legislators, Advocates, and Media Alliances towards Promoting Equitable Health.” Download details about both panels here

New Jersey Health Initiatives is a sponsor of the 2018 NJPHA Annual Conference: “What Dictates Health – Is it Genetics or Zip Code? Health Equity, Research and Policy for a Healthier New Jersey.” Registration for the conference is $10-$75 per person. Click here for full details and to register

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