Cumberland County’s top health experts gathered to hold a public health equity forum during Minority Health Month to focus on disease prevention and general wellness for its residents. According to RWJF’s County Health Rankings, Cumberland County has been ranked last in overall health standings for NJ, and almost half of its residents are African-American or Hispanic.
This forum, themed ‘Bridging Health Equity Across Communities’, was one of three held during the month of April and discussed working together to eliminate health inequality across the state and county. The forum was held on Wednesday, April 12 at Cumberland County College’s Conference Center in Vineland, NJ from 8:30-12:30. Forum attendees heard from NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett who highlighted the workplace wellness and Healthy Corner Store work by Live Healthy Vineland and Live Healthy Cumberland County.
“All of the organizations here work tirelessly to strengthen Cumberland County’s Culture of Health to better the lives of our residents, so receiving recognition is exciting,” said Lisa Scheetz, Executive Director of Community Health and Partnerships for the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA. The panel of speakers included experts from the State Department of Health Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, American Heart Association, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, the Vineland Health Department and more.
For more information about Live Healthy Cumberland County and their health initiatives, please visit their website.