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Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Conference Slated for December 3rd

November 3, 2014 | Community News

NJPFHK43For the third year, the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) and its community partners will host a statewide conference on Wednesday, December 3rd at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey from 9:45 am to 3:30 pm.

This year’s theme is “Building Healthy, Equitable Communities” and will focus on providing individuals with tools and best practices to help incorporate health equity into policies and practices to build healthier communities.

Dr. William H. Dietz from Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, Milken Institute of Public Health, George Washington University will serve as this year’s keynote speaker and will highlight the myths and misconceptions of obesity and prevention in urban and rural areas, as well as communities of color. Dr. Dwayne C. Proctor, director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Eliminating Healthy Disparities Portfolio will also be a featured speaker. Additional conference highlights include a panel discussion moderated by NJTV News Anchor and Managing Editor, Mike Schneider and will feature Diana MTK Autin of Statewide Parent Advocacy Network; Dr. Robert C. Like of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity; Daniel F. Oscar of Center for Supportive Schools; and Dr. Laurie Shanderson of Richard Stockton College, School of Healthy Sciences.

Participants can choose from one of six afternoon workshops:

  • A Fresh Perspective: The NJ Healthy Corner Stores Initiative
  • Community-Based Strategies to Build a Culture of Health
  • Community Health and Urban Planners – Stronger Together!
  • The Cross Roads of Clinical & Community Prevention Efforts
  • Proven Strategies that Promote Health and Wellness
  • Putting Equity into Policy and Practice

More than 300 community leaders, dietitians, teachers, school nurses and social workers are expected to attend the one-day event. NJPHK’s co-sponsors of the conference include: the YMCA, Shaping NJ, New Jersey Department of Health, Family and Community Health Sciences and American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter.

For more information and to register for the conference visit Building Healthy, Equitable Communities.

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