New Jersey Public Health Association Posts

In this issue:

-NJ Health Commissioner on preventing tickborne diseases in the Garden State;

-Rutgers School of Public Health's summer programs for high school students and interdisciplinary health profession students; and

-public health advocacy in 2018.

Fall 2018 Newsletter






“What Dictates Health - Is it Genetics or Zip Code?

 Health Equity, Research and Policy for a Healthier New Jersey

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center

350 Doctor Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Rutgers University

Newark, NJ

This Conference is a collaboration between the New Jersey Public Health Association and the Rutgers University School of Public Health. ​The conference will bring local, state, and national public health leaders together to initiate a pragmatic dialogue addressing broad determinants of health and integrated solutions, and exhibiting the need for partnership and collective efforts towards provision of a fair and just opportunity for all New Jersians to be healthier.

This theme has been established 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.

Keynote speaker

Pamela M. Aaltonen, PhD, RN

President-elect, American Public Health Association

 “What is the Domain of Equitable Health and Why Address the Social Determinants of Health?”

           Distinguished Speakers

Denise V. Rodgers, MD, FAAFP

Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Director, Rutgers Urban Health and Wellness Institute

            “Addressing Barriers to Health- One Zip Code at a Time.”

Valerie L. Mielke, MSW

 Assistant Commissioner, NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

“Where Is the Place of Mental Health in Equitable Health?”

Abate Mammo, PhD

Director, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health

 “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?”

Panel 1

“Mapping and Placed-based Approaches to address social and environmental factors impacting community health”

Panel 2

“Legislators, Advocates, and Media

Alliance Towards Promoting Equitable Health”

Click here for Conference at a Glance and event flyer

Public Health continuing education contact hours and CHES credits are pending approval.

To register, go to:


In this issue:

-NJ Health Commissioner on June 5th Population Health Summit, focused on the opioid epidemic;

-NJPHA's Vice President on advocacy in Trenton; and

-health policy at the local level. Summer 2018


In this issue:

  • First column from NJPHA's new President;
  • NJ's new Health Commissioner on the priorities of Gov. Murphy and the Department; and
  • Public health officials' liability for decisions.     Newsletter_Spring18


Flu activity is widespread in 48 US states and Puerto Rico, causing 53 pediatric deaths so far and high influenza-like illness activity levels in 42 states.

CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination at this time—there are still weeks of flu activity to come this season and more than one flu virus is circulating.

See the Digital Campaign Toolkit for various resources.


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NJDOH collects information on Influenza-like Illness weekly from hospital emergency departments and long term care facilities, and also collects absenteeism information from schools. Click here to access the weekly Respiratory Virus Surveillance Report.


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In this issue: NJPHA President on partnerships and advocacy in 2017; NJDOH Acting Deputy Commissioner on the Department's "Protect Your Baby from Syphilis" prevention campaign; Rutgers School of Public Health's Dean on keeping the public in public health; and an article on getting started in public health advocacy. Winter 2018


The New Jersey Department of Health’s September-October 2017 newsletter “Health Matters,” is available here.



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Congratulations to the new NJPHA Officers and Executive Board Members!

President: Paschal Nwako

President-elect: Hansel Asmar

Immediate Past President: Kevin McNally

Vice President: Don Weinbaum

Second Vice President: Cynthia Golembeski

Secretary: Teresa Keeler

Treasurer: Oliver Lontok

Executive Board members at large

Perry Halkitis

Sylvia Bookbinder


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