Comments on: Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of Change in New Jersey

Students at NJPHA Annual ConferenceWhen I first was invited to attend the public health seminar Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of Change in New Jersey, I was totally excited. I took the information regarding the seminar to my place of practice and requested the day off; they were approved right away. Although my major is Bachelorette degree in nursing, public health plays a vital part in what we do in communities.

Image of Healthy People Healthy Community courtesy of LBUCCWhen I initially thought of public health, I thought public and their health, public health extends far beyond that. Public health consists of cultural, behavior, environment and social; all these shape our environment. If prioritizing our health was ingrained in our culture to sustain health; building a culture of change here in New Jersey wouldn’t be so difficult to achieve, everyone would be on board and the expectations would already be ingrained in our minds and everyday living. Everyone’s perception of culture is different and how you live it, encouraging each other to live a “healthier lifestyle” and utilizing the resources that we have is all a part of Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of change. Public Health brings a great deal of challenges and commitment. I will be accessing the website for updated information regarding Public health issues and seminars, and to maintain awareness of Public Health.

Tonya Swindle
Kean University Student
Introduction to Public Health

New BLOG for students to share their thoughts and ideas

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NJPHA initiates a Blog for students to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions related to public health issues. Please send your submissions to Dr. Jim Brown at
Kean Students at NJPHA Annual ConferencePhoto of Kean University students who attended the Annual Conference of the New Jersey Public Health Assocation on Healthy People in Healthy Communities: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey. Stay tuned for what the students have learned about building a culture of health in their own communities! Please share your thoughts!!


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

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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.