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30 NJ Health Experts Slated to Speak at Annual Culture of Health Conference on November 29

November 7, 2017 | Community News, Community News and Media

Over 400 public health professionals, educators, and community leaders will hear from 30 population health experts at the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey conference on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 in Edison, NJ. This year’s theme is ‘A Systems Approach to Promoting Population Health.’ Participants will learn about various public health topics, as well as how to leverage and exchange best practices and research findings in Building a Culture of Health.

Meet Our Featured Speakers

The daylong conference will feature two dynamic keynote speakers – four-time Olympic runner and New Jersey native Joetta Clark Diggs and social media entrepreneur Dr. Mikhail (Mike) Varshavski D.O.

Clark Diggs is a four-time Olympian, Motivational Extraordinaire and NJ Hall of Fame Inductee. She is also the founder of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation. Clark Diggs had a successful 24-year career as a competitive 800-meter and 1500-meter runner, winning many collegiate, national, and world championships. Along with her decorated running career, Clark Diggs is a physical health and wellness advocate for children and teens nationwide.

Better known as ‘Doctor Mike,’ Dr. Varshavski is a family medicine physician and philanthropist based out of New York and has a massive following on social networks like Instagram (2.6 million followers). Doctor Mike uses his platform to encourage medical students and educate people on important primary healthcare topics. He has appeared on television programs (The Doctors, Dr. Oz) and has also contributed to multiple popular online publications (Shape, Women’s Health, Livestrong).

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with keynote speakers between workshops throughout the day.

Choose from 12 Conference Workshops

Morning and afternoon workshop sessions are a conference staple, allowing conference attendees to learn more about today’s relevant public health topics and interact with industry experts.

This year’s workshops cover a number of population health topics, ranging from mental health to the opiate epidemic. Attendees can choose two of the  12 workshops, including:

  • Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Young Children in the Child Care Setting
  • Building Healthy Communities:  Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • Engaging and Serving the Health Care Needs of the Underserved Immigrant and LGBTQIA Populations
  • Unifying Behavioral & Primary Health Care in New Jersey
  • Advancing Local, State & Federal Policy to Create a Culture of Health
  • Community Prevention in Action: Addressing the Opiate Epidemic

Complimentary Professional Headshots

For the first time, we will offer complimentary professional headshots during specific times during the day.  Photos will be on a first come, first serve basis during the following time slots:

7:30 am – 9:00 am
12 noon – 12:50 pm
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Networking Reception & Book Signing Event

Join us for a networking reception immediately following the conference from 3:30 pm– 5:00 pm. During the reception, Joetta Clark Diggs will be available to sign her book, “Joetta’s Principles for Success.” Refreshments will be served.

The conference is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance; Salem Health & Wellness Foundation, New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Health Initiatives, American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Chapter, Atlantic Health System, Mental Health Association in New Jersey, Inc., Partners for Health Foundation, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Family & Community Health Science, and New Jersey Hospital Association.

To register for the conference, see the conference agenda, and review all workshop topics, please visit


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