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Assessing Local Public Health Capacity in New Jersey: Challenges and Opportunities

December 1, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm




Join this half-day virtual convening for an overview of project outcomes and a discussion of project implications and next steps with public health leaders.

9:00-9:10 Welcome

  • Sallie George, Program Officer; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

9:10-10:20 Project Outcomes

  • Jeanne Herb, Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy/li>
  • Dr. Karen Lowrie, Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy/li>
  • Ashley Koning, Director; Eagleton Institute of Politics Center for Public Interest Polling
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey;Q&A

10:20-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Public Health Forward: Modernizing the U.S. Public Health System

  • Anand Parekh, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center

11:00 – 11:20 Experiences in Other States

  • Georgia Heise, District Director, Three Rivers District Health Department, Kentucky
  • Jaime Bodden, Managing Director, Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials

11:20-12:15 Discussion: Insights from Project Working Group
Facilitator: John Gattuso, Gattuso Media Design


  • Margy Jahn, New Jersey County and City Health Officers Association
  • Juliet Leonard, New Jersey Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators
  • Lynette Medeiros, New Jersey Environmental Health Officers Association
  • Kevin McNally, New Jersey Public Health Association
  • Tara Rice, New Jersey Society for Public Health Education
  • Paul Roman, New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association
  • Shereen Semple, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Kevin Sumner, New Jersey Public Health Agencies Collaborating Effort

Discussion with audience participants

12:15-12:30 Next steps

  • Project website
  • Online survey

Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


December 1, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Rutgers University