State of New Jersey Innovation Model (SIM) Design Project Healthy NJ 2020 Regional Meetings

Healthy New Jersey 2020 BannerThe New Jersey Department of Health is hosting a series of Healthy NJ 2020 regional meetings, convened by Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP), on behalf of the State of New Jersey Innovation Model (SIM) Design Project. The goals of these regional meetings are to advance the Healthy NJ 2020 initiative by convening NJ Department of Health (DOH) grantees, local public health agencies and community stakeholders to assess the impact, value, and success of health improvement activities taking place statewide, and identify opportunities for acceleration or course correction.

The Conference has Sold Out! Annual Meeting of the NJPHA October 12!

2014 NJPHA Annual Meeting Dr. Brown's ClassI just received word that the conference has been sold out. If you have tickets I hope to see you there! I hope to meet all my public health students attending the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Public Health Association. The students get a free meal and a chance to rub elbows with public health professionals! October 9, 2015 12:00 – 4:30 pm at the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy located at 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Admission is free for students!
Register here:
Best regards, Dr. Jim Brown

The Request for Application (RFA) Announcement NJDOH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

image of testing for diabetes courtesy CDC
The New Jersey Department of Health - Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DOH - DPCP) is excited to announce the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 funds to identify two (2) organizations that will promote diabetic self-management education (DSME) for New Jerseyans diagnosed with diabetes. Approximately $75,000 is available for up to 2 organizations. We invite local health departments, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), universities, and non-profit organizations located in, or currently providing services in, Passaic/ Bergen/ Union Counties, and Burlington/Camden counties to apply for this competitive funding opportunity. The project period is 6 months (January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016) with a 6-month budget period and an anticipated award date of January 1, 2016. Please distribute the attached announcement to your partners, colleagues, and friends. Note that the Letter of Intent (LOI) is due by 12 noon on September 11, 2015 to LorieAnn Wilkerson-Leconte. The Request for Application (RFA) Announcement can also be located on the Family Health Services and DPCP webpages.

See the links below: (FHS Spotlight) (Top of page and directly under header)

Questions? Please contact Tifanie Selby at or
LorieAnn Wilkerson-Leconte

NJPHA Executive Board Meets With Congressman Pallone


Photo of Congressman Pallone and NJPHA Executive Board

(l to r) Elizabeth Brewer, Dr. Jim Brown, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Michele Terreri, and Dr. Oliver Lontok (NJPHA President)

Members of the Executive Board of the New Jersey Public Health Association met with Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. and his Chief of Staff, Janice G. Fuller on Sept 1st in Long Branch to discuss critical issues affecting public health in New Jersey. Congressman Pallone was praised by the Board members for being one of the greatest supporters of public health in the House of Representatives. Our goal was to talk about the importance of solid funding for public health. This was done as part of the American Public Health Association’s Public Health ACTion (PHACT) campaign to reach out to congressional leaders during the congressional recess to express support for protecting critical funding for public health agencies and the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

New Course! Health Impact Assessment: Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making

HIANew Jersey Health Impact Collaborative ( announces a NEW Professional Training course, offered through Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education. Many decisions made in sectors like housing, transportation, energy, land use and education can have profound impacts on community and individual health. Health Impact Assessments (HIA) can aid professionals by projecting potential health impacts before final decisions are made, providing evidence-based recommendations that can actively promote health, prevent diseases and/or injuries, and lead to significant economic benefits. Join other professionals in learning when and how to use this innovative tool to enhance projects, policies and programs to create healthier communities. Interested in learning more? Go to:

December 2, 2015: Building a Culture of Health in NJ Conference by Rutgers!

Date & time: December 2, 2015; 9am - 3pm

Location: Pines Manor at Edison, NJ

Information and registration: Building a Culture of Health in NJ

Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey means creating changes that will surround kids and families in every community with opportunities to make healthy choices. We will discuss how health is linked to health care; how policy and environment changes can better support children, family and community life; how equity is connected to opportunity; and how private and public decision-making impacts health. This conference will explore how New Jersey must balance the cost, benefits and effectiveness of treatment and prevention to improve the health of all residents



Call for Public Health Awards

Every year at the Annual Meeting New Jersey Public Health Association recognizes public health champions and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the cause of health of the public in New Jersey. We invite you to nominate your candidate(s) for the following awards.

Dennis J. Sullivan Award: The New Jersey Public Health Association's Highest Award. Established in 1976 and named after Dennis J. Sullivan who was a health officer who dedicated his life to improving the public health of New Jersey.

Lloyd M. Felmly Award: Presented to an individual for outstanding contribution in the media to the cause of public health in New Jersey. Established in 1976 named after Lloyd M. Felmly, Editor, of the Newark Evening News and a friend of public health.

Dr. Ezra Mundy Hunt Award: Presented to an individual for outstanding service and leadership to the cause of public health. Established in 1995 and named after Dr. Ezra Mundy Hunt, a pioneer in 19th Century public health in New Jersey.

Ronald Altman Award: Presented to a student for outstanding work in a health-related course of study. Established in 1995 and named after Dr. Ronald Altman, former New Jersey State epidemiologist.

Please send a letter of nomination and contact information for both yourself and the nominee to the attention of Dr. Jim Brown at by Friday, September 4, 2015.

Awards will be presented at the New Jersey Public Health Association's Annual Conference on October 9, 2015 at the Rutgers University at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

December 2, 2015: New Jersey Non-Profit Conference

Power, Purpose, Performance: Non-Profits Growing a Thriving Garden State
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 8:00AM
The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, NJ

The "must-attend" conference for New Jersey Non-Profits

  • Highlighting the power and positive impact of New Jersey non-profits
  • Cutting-edge plenary discussions
  • Valuable breakout sessions in philanthropy, advocacy, leadership, trends, technology and more
  • Insight and creativity-sharing among diverse leaders and champions of non-profits
  • Ideas to energize and inspire
  • Networking, Networking, Networking!

For more information: NJ Center for Non-profits 2015 Conference

October 8 & 15, 2015 Rutgers Health Impact Assessment Course

October 8 , 2015; 9:00am-3:00pm; University Inn & Conference Center; 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901    October 8th: Health Impact Assessment

 October 15, 2015; 9:00am-3:00pm; Rutgers Eco Complex; 1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505 October 15th: Health Impact Assessment

 In this session, the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative (NJHIC) will lead an introductory training on health impact assessment as a tool to promote community health and equity in planning processes and decision-making.