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Friday, March 17
 

9:00am EDT

Partnerships that Advance Community Health
Filomena Machleder will discuss how to partner with the Horizon Foundation to accomplish projects that promote public health.  Leigh Ann Von Hagen will describe an innovative tool, Health Impact Assessment (HIA), used to examine the health impacts on the community. This session will present a case study of an HIA that examined potential health impacts of the Middlesex Greenway Access Plan by identifying how improved access and increased utilization of the trail, located within Metuchen, Edison, and Woodbridge, affect health outcomes.  Ways to empower decision makers to consider health and equity impacts for pedestrians and cyclists will also be discussed.



  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
avatar for Filomena Machleder

Filomena Machleder

Program Officer, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
Filomena Machleder is a Program Officer for The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the charitable giving arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.  She has been with The Foundation since 2012 and is responsible for the review and recommendation of grant proposals, the... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP

Senior Research Manager, Alan M Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Leigh Ann Von Hagen is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and a Facilitator for the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  Leigh Ann is a licensed professional... Read More →
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Robert Takash

President, Edison Greenways Group
Robert Takash is the current President of the Non-Profit "Edison Greenways Group" and the 19th year Commissioner of the "Edison Open Space Advisory Committee" and Committee Member on the "Edison Green Team for Sustainable NJ"..  His volunteer experience has served the Area's Health... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom C Lower Level

10:30am EDT

Collaborative Funding for Place-based Impact: the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network Grant Program
The evidence is clear: When it comes to health, place matters.  In response, the New Jersey Health Communities Network (NJHCN) offers community-based grants to improve the built environment/policy in support of healthy eating and active living.  Since its inception, the program has awarded $1.86 million in grants to more than 50 communities.  In 2015, these funds translated into over 100 improvements, including the creation of farmers’ markets and community gardens, healthy vending policies, active transportation installations and Complete Streets initiatives. 
The heart of this Community Grant Program is its innovative Funding Collaborative.  Five funders, from different sectors, offer grants in a coordinated way in order to maximize the amount of technical assistance provided to communities, create opportunities for peer learning, and increase funding directly invested in creating healthier communities across the state. 
Attend this session to learn how you can join this groundbreaking network—as a funder, grantee or resource! 
 
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   
 

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Johnson-Hakim

Sharon Johnson-Hakim

Manager, Population Health Sciences, Atlantic Health System
Sharon is the manager for Population Health Sciences at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ.  In this role Sharon supports Atlantic’s community health team in designing and evaluating community-based health initiatives, oversees the applied research agenda for the Atlantic... Read More →
avatar for Bill Lovett

Bill Lovett

Executive Director, State Alliance of YMCA's
Bill is the Executive Director of The New Jersey Alliance for YMCA’s, a not-for-profit association made up of 35 YMCA’s from the state of New Jersey. The Alliance brings the independent YMCA’s of New Jersey together to collaborate and work on areas of mutual benefit in order... Read More →
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Peri Nearon

MPA, Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiative, NJ Department of Health
Under Peri's, the NJ Department of Health coordinates ShapingNJ, a public-private partnership of more than 230 organizations working together to address the obesity epidemic by promoting healthy communities through improved nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity... Read More →


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom B Lower Level