The first Believe in a Healthy Newark Conference was held on Thursday, September 28, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.
“The conference was designed to help the larger community become aware of and involved in building a culture of health in Newark,” said Dr. Denise Rodgers, Believe in a Healthy Newark grant recipient and Vice Chancellor, Interprofessional Development, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. About 400 participants representing community-based organizations, business, academia, health care institutions and the school system attended the event.
NJPHK’s Dr. Darrin Anderson moderated a panel discussion on how to collectively make an impact in the community. Panelists included Marissa Davis, Live Healthy Trenton, Valeria Galarza, Get Healthy Camden and Lisa Sheetz, Live Healthy Vineland. The session focused on cross-sector collaboration to address specific social and complex community problems. The panel also highlighted local collective impacts as well as how to navigate the challenges of partnership, alignment, funding, and data.
“We hope it becomes an annual conference where we can build on the work and develop measures of how the initiative is making a difference in people’s health and well-being,” said Dr. Rodgers.