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Building Healthy, Equitable Communities

Course Code: LF0408HA16

Building Healthy Communities
NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids Logo
New Jersey Department of Health
Shaping NJ
Get Moving Get Healthy Logo
American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Chapter
Date & Time

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
9:45am - 3:45pm (Check in time: 9:00am)

Details will be announced in the coming months. Please check back!


As a value-add for 2014 conference participants, we have made workshop materials available from those sessions that you may not have been able to attend. Just scroll through the Agenda below and look for the "Download Materials" links under the speakers' names. Don't forget to look under the workshops! Any missing presentations are the result of individual presenters not wishing to share their materials in a public forum.

If you are interested in ordering the DVD "Walk Indoors! with Leslie Sansone," please click here to download an order form.

Conference Recap (click on the article titles below to view photos and write-ups from the event)

Conference Photo Gallery
Anderson Opens December 3rd Conference
Dr. Brito Deeply Concerned with ACE Statistics
Proctor Gives Context to Culture of Health
Mike Schneider Moderates Panel on Collaboration
Healthy Kids Recognition
Dr. Dietz Explores Obesity Myths and Misconceptions
Six Workshops Highlight Strategies, Best Practices and Policies

Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain his or her full health potential. This learning event will provide individuals with tools and best practices to help incorporate health equity into policies and practices to build healthier communities.

2014 Agenda (Please check back for 2015 Agenda)


Registration, Healthy Start Breakfast & Networking


Welcome / Opening Thought

  • Darrin Anderson, Sr., MS, PhD, Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
  • Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health


Culture of Health in New Jersey


Stretch Break

  • Romy Toussaint, Romy Yoga

Collaboration: The Key to Building Healthy, Equitable Communities

Moderator: Mike Schneider, Anchor and Managing Editor of NJTV News program

  • Diana MTK Autin, Executive Co-Director, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
  • Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Daniel F. Oscar, President and CEO, Center for Supportive Schools
  • Laurie Shanderson, PhD, MPA, Assistant Dean, School of Health Sciences, Richard Stockton College


Q & A


Buffet Luncheon


Healthy Kids Recognition


Keynote Address - Obesity Myths and Misconceptions: Understanding Rural & Urban Communities!

  • Dr. William H. Dietz, Director, Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute of Public Health, George Washington University and Former Director, CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO)
  • Download Materials (PDF)




Workshop Sessions - Your Choice of Six Workshops!

Please make sure to select your workshop choice when you register. Click on the workshop titles to view details.

*NOTE: Workshops for this program will be held on multiple floors which are only accessible via stairs. If this is a concern, please contact Bianca Scardina at 732-932-9271 x643 for assistance in registering for workshops that are located on the main floor.

Workshop A: A Fresh Perspective: The NJ Healthy Corner Stores Initiative

This workshop will give an overview of the NJ Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, which works with store owners and others in the community to increase access to healthy foods in underserved areas by making those foods available at corner stores. There will also be a discussion of successes and the positive impacts that these efforts have had on communities throughout New Jersey and how they did it.

Moderator: Corinne Orlando, Director, Government Relations, American Heart Association


  • Marissa Davis, Project Manager, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids - Trenton
  • Marla Hollander, Manager of National Partnerships, American Heart Association
  • Miriam Manon, Senior Associate, The Food Trust
  • Ana Ramos, New Jersey Food Access Coordinator, The Food Trust

Workshop B: Community-Based Strategies to Build a Culture of Health

Exciting strategies are being implemented throughout NJ to build healthier communities. Learn about the innovative work being done by the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network and how your community can become engaged.

Moderator: William Lovett, Executive Director, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance


  • Ernest Bryant, Executive Director, Metro YMCA of the Oranges
  • Steve Jobin, President and CEO, Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy
  • Lisa Scheetz, Director of Operations/COO, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA
  • Kathy Smith, Program Officer, Partners for Health Foundation

Workshop C: Community Health and Urban Planners - Stronger Together!

Choices made by decision makers at the state, regional and local levels have tangible impacts on the health of citizens. Health and planning practitioners are finding common ground in implementing projects and policies that address healthy behaviors, the built environment and quality of life. This session will present real situations where health and chronic disease prevention goals are being used to help influence land use, transportation and built environment decisions for the better. The discussion will focus on determining the most practical actions we can and should be pursuing to empower decision makers to consider the health impact of their choices. Presenters will cover Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, Play Streets, Ciclovia, urban gardening, food deserts, Health Impact Assessment and other initiatives.

Moderator: Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Senior Research Specialist, NJ Health Impact Collaborative & Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University


  • Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Atif Nazir, Health Officer, Township of Irvington Health Department
  • Darleen Reveille, R.N., Senior Public Health Nurse, City of Garfield Health Department
  • Laura Torchio, AICP, Eat, Play, Live...Better Program Coordinator, Montclair State University College of Education and Human Services, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences

Workshop D: The Crossroads between Clinical and Community Prevention Efforts

Hospitals are critical partners in making sure that communities remain strong, vibrant and healthy. Learn how hospitals across the state are working in partnership with their communities on innovative ways to improve population health and sustain change through a variety of coordinated efforts and resource sharing strategies. Participants will also learn about new healthcare delivery systems, such as Accountable Care Organizations that play a role in community health improvement.

Moderator: Maria Mera, Project Manager, New Jersey Hospital Association / HRET


  • Laura Engelmann, CSW, MHA, Health Educator, AtlantiCare
  • Chris Kirk, Ph.D., Director, Community Health, Atlantic Health Systems
  • Joshua Rosenblatt, M.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
  • John Slotman, VP, Graduate Medical Education Policy and Teaching Hospital Issues

Workshop E: Promising Strategies that Promote Health and Wellness in Youth/Adults

The infrastructure for obesity prevention is built and we are implementing many promising practices across the state, including promoting healthy food retail sales in WIC-authorized corner stores and creating healthy nutrition and physical activity environments in early care and education centers, urban school districts and diverse communities. Learn about the progress in NJ maternity hospitals promoting breastfeeding policies and the effectiveness of school gardens, as we provide the most recent activity updates.

Moderator: Peri Nearon, Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, New Jersey Department of Health


  • Michelle Brill, Family and Community Health Science (FCHS) Educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Mercer County
  • Alexandra Grenci, Family and Community Health Science (FCHS) Educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Hunterdon County

  • Janet Heroux, Obesity Prevention Specialist, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Juliet Jones, Coordinator, Early Care and Education Learning Collaborative Initiative, New Jersey Department of Health

Workshop F: Translating Equity into Policy and Practice

Residents in rural areas, low-income communities, and communities of color are most affected by limited access to healthy options, making it difficult to make healthy choices. This workshop focuses on how to design strategies that address inequities and how to enhance your organization's capacity to advance healthy equity through policy and practices.

Moderator: M. Carolyn Daniels, M.Ed, DHSc, Executive Director, Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, New Jersey Department of Health


  • Niiobli Armah IV, MA, Director, NAACP Health Programs
  • Cara Johnson, MS, Technical Advisor, Healthy Living, YMCA of the USA



Who Should Attend

School and PE Teachers, Early Care Educators, Health Educators, Health Care Providers, School Nurses, Food Service Providers, Dietitians, Local Health Departments, Wellness Councils, Parents, and Policy Makers

Jointly Sponsored By

  • New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
  • NJ YMCA State Alliance
  • New Jersey Department of Health
  • ShapingNJ
  • Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  • New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

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The December 3, 2014 offering of this course is approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 4.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

This program has been approved for 4.5 Category I Continuing Education Credits for CHES by the Rutgers School of Public Health. The Rutgers SPH has been designated as a provider of continuing education in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


Registration Fees for 1-2 Registrants
Early Registration Fee (1-2 Registrants) TBD  
Registration Fee (1-2 Registrants) TBD  
Late Registration Fee (1-2 Registrants) TBD  

Registration Fees for Teams of 3 or More

Building healthy communities is a collaborative effort! Save money with your TEAM registration of three or more.

Early Registration Fee (Team of 3 or More) TBD  
Registration Fee (Team of 3 or More) TBD  
Late Registration Fee (Team of 3 or More) TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Pines Manor
2085 Route 27 (Lincoln Highway)
Edison, NJ 08817

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Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.