Press Release


Believe in a Healthy Newark Initiative

September 13, 2017

For immediate release:

First Annual  “Building a Culture of Health in Newark” Conference Set For Sept. 28

Newark Leaders, Experts Tackle Issues Of Nutrition, Healthy Homes and Adverse Childhood Experience

Contact: John Mooney, 973-464-7392

Newark, NJ — Hundreds of community leaders, educators, health experts and practitioners are expected to gather in Newark for the first annual “Building a Culture of Health in Newark” conference on Thursday, September 28th.

The all-day conference is part of the “Believe in a Healthy Newark” initiative to bring awareness and promising interventions to communities and neighborhoods in New Jersey’s largest city, starting in its West and South wards.

·      Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

·      Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

·      Location: NJIT Campus Center, 150 Bleeker St., Newark, NJ 07003

·      Registration: Free, but registration required.

The conference will feature a number of breakout sessions that will focus on healthy homes, food and fitness, adverse childhood experiences and other issues related to social determinants of health. The keynote  speaker will be Bob Atkins, director of the New Jersey Health Initiatives.

“We are excited to host the first annual ‘Building a Culture of Health in Newark’ conference,” said Denise Rodgers, vice chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. “Increasingly we realize that social determinants such as where you live, how much education you have, what kind of job you have and the safety of the community in which you live all play important roles in your health. 

“The goal of this conference is to showcase work being done by some of the already existing community-based partnerships and to help facilitate the development of new partnerships,” said Rodgers.

“Culture of Health is a nationally recognized movement and signature initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,” said Jennifer Velez, senior vice president of RWJBarnabas Health and former New Jersey Commissioner of Human Services. “’Believe in a Healthy Newark’ is our city’s local effort to achieve a Culture of Health.” 

Health care professionals, educators, elected officials, community leaders and anyone committed to improving lives in Newark are invited to attend to learn about local initiatives, participate in a discussion of best practices, and create partnerships to advance a culture of health.

Conference sessions will highlight work in community health on topics such as childhood asthma, increasing health literacy, using data to inform policy, accessing healthy activities and exercise, and mobilizing to create a safer and supportive Newark. Community forums in the South and West wards are planned for the fall and spring to further advance the discussion.

For more information, contact, or register here.

“Believe in a Healthy Newark” is a non-profit initiative funded, in part, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives program. The program aims to utilize a collective impact approach that will allow them to identify common measures, develop common interventions, and use assessments of their success to modify and strengthen their initiatives as they seek to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.

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