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Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding

arowApril 14, 2014 Assembly Budget Committee [pdf 42k]

On April 14, Commissioner Mary O'Dowd updated the Assembly Budget Committee on the Department's Fiscal Year 2015 proposed budget.
Commissioner O'Dowd delivered remarks at the Vaccine For Children Conference

arowApril 4, 2014 Big Data and Health: The New Jersey Context [pdf 1.4m]

On Friday, April 4 Commissioner O’Dowd spoke at the Big Data and Health: Implication for New Jersey’s Health Care System conference held at Princeton University. The Commissioner spoke about the Department’s efforts to promote the use of Health Information Technology to improve patient health outcomes and population health. The conference was designed to promote an understanding of big data and health and to highlight ways that big data techniques are currently being used in the health sector across the county.
On Wednesday, November 20, Commissioner O'Dowd delivered the annual State of Public Health address to local health officials, mayors and municipal leaders at the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City.

arowJanuary 28, 2014 Partnering for a Healthy NJ [pdf 1.7m]

On Tuesday, January 28, Commissioner O’Dowd spoke to stakeholders about Partnering for a Healthy NJ, the state’s 5-year plan for reducing the heavy burden of chronic disease..
Commissioner O'Dowd delivered remarks at the Vaccine For Children Conference

arow January 13, 2014 National Governors Association Birth Outcomes Meeting [pdf 1.6M]

On Monday, January 13, the Department co-hosted a workshop with the National Governors Association to explore the issue of improving birth outcomes and set the agenda for where we, as a state, need to focus efforts. More than 40 stakeholders attended the workshop—including health care providers, maternal and child health advocates, insurers and several Departments.
On Wednesday, November 20, Commissioner O'Dowd delivered the annual State of Public Health address to local health officials, mayors and municipal leaders at the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City.

arowNovember 20, 2013 State of Public Health Address [pdf 1.7m]

On Wednesday, November 20, Commissioner O'Dowd delivered the annual State of Public Health address to local health officials, mayors and municipal leaders at the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City.
Commissioner O'Dowd delivered remarks at the Vaccine For Children Conference

arow September 25, 2013 Vaccine For Children Conference [pdf 1M]

On September 25, Commissioner O'Dowd delivered remarks at the Vaccine For Children Conference held in East Windsor.
Commissioner O’Dowd presented emergency communications radios to New Jersey’s 21 county EMS Coordinators

arowSeptember 4, 2013 - EMS Radio Event [pdf 71k]

On September 4, Commissioner O’Dowd presented emergency communications radios to New Jersey’s 21 county EMS Coordinators. The radios were supported with an $118,000 Social Services Block Grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey

arowJuly 17 Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey [pdf 1M]

On July 17, Commissioner O’Dowd spoke to members of the Commerce and Industry Association’s health committee. The Commissioner’s presentation covered Sandy recovery, health information technology and key department priorities such as end of life care, building healthy communities and working smarter.
Monmouth County Long-term Recovery Group

arow May 29, 2013 Monmouth County Long-term Recovery Group [pdf 493k]

On Wednesday May 29, Commissioner O’Dowd updated the Monmouth County Long-term Recovery Group on the Department’s Sandy Recovery activities.
Health Care Association of NJ Conference

arow May 22, 2013 Assisted Living Conference [pdf 717k]

On May 22, Commissioner O'Dowd delivered the keynote at the Health Care Association of New Jersey's 15th Annual Assisted Living Conference held in Long Branch.
Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding

arow May 2, 2013 Assembly Budget Committee [pdf 208k]

On May 2, Commissioner Mary O'Dowd updated the Assembly Budget Committee on the Department's FY 2014 proposed budget.
Senate Budget Committee

arow April 17, 2013 Senate Budget Committee [pdf 208k]

On April 17, Commissioner O’Dowd testified before the Senate Budget Committee on the proposed FY 2014 budget.
Donate Life Month in New Jersey Proclamation Signing

arow April 8, 2013 Donate Life Month in New Jersey Proclamation Signing [pdf 413k]

On Monday, April 8, Commissioner O'Dowd joined Governor Chris Christie as he declared April Donate Life Month in New Jersey.
shapingnj

arow March 18, 2013 Health in All Policies Conference [pdf 48k]

On Monday, March 18, Commissioner O’Dowd provided opening remarks at the “Health in All Policies” conference. She discussed the Department’s Shaping NJ initiative and other Department efforts to reduce chronic disease.
Hudson County Sandy Roundtable

arow Feb. 20, 2013 Hudson County Sandy Roundtable [pdf 413k]

On February 20, Commissioner O’Dowd joined Jersey City Medical Center to host a roundtable discussion on Superstorm Sandy, which focused on how the health care response worked well in Hudson County and discuss areas for improvement. Following the roundtable, the Commissioner toured the hospital’s Medical Coordination Center, the Emergency Department, and other areas on the first floor which took on several feet of flood water at the height of the storm.
Ocean County Superstorm Sandy Roundtable Discussion

arow February 5, 2013 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day [pdf 17k]

Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd joined the New Jersey Human Development Corporation to commemorate National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the Greater Mt. Zion AME Church in Trenton. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is February 7, encourages African-Americans to get involved in community HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, and to get tested for HIV. The 2013 theme is "I am My Brother's/Sister's keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS."
Annual Conference of State and Local Health Officials

arow Jan. 28, 2013 Annual Conference of State and Local Health Officials [pdf 928k]

During the Annual Conference of State and Local Health Officials, Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd praised local and county health officers, thanking them for their efforts to protect the health of residents during Superstorm Sandy. As part of the Commissioner’s address, entitled “Building a Healthier New Jersey” she discussed Department and other state and federal resources available to help with Sandy recovery. She also provided an update on key health issues facing the state such as ongoing influenza activity, and other communicable disease such as Pertussis.
Ocean County Superstorm Sandy Roundtable Discussion

arow Jan. 23, 2013 Ocean County Superstorm Sandy Roundtable Discussion [pdf 1.4m]

On January 23, Health Commissioner O’Dowd joined Community Medical Center to host a roundtable discussion on Superstorm Sandy, which focused on how the health care response worked well and also discussed areas for improvement. The Commissioner also toured the hospital and areas of the county to view storm damage.
Zufall Health Center Visit

arow PCI in Facilities without Cardiac Surgery On Site - An Expert Review Panel [pdf 79k]

On November 28, Commissioner O’Dowd delivered opening remarks at a symposium held by
The New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (NJACC), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Health to discuss elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) -- more commonly known as "angioplasty"- at hospitals without traditional, on-site, cardiac surgical backup programs.
HANJ

arow October 23, 2012 HIV/AIDS Grants Announcement [pdf 15k]

On October 23, Governor Chris Christie and Commissioner O'Dowd visited the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation in New Brunswick to announce more than $19.5 million in state funding for 54 community organizations, hospitals and health agencies for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Hyacinth, the oldest and largest organization in the state serving those with HIV/AIDS, received the largest funding award in the amount of $2.1 million to assist in their comprehensive array of services provided to those who need them most.
Zufall Health Center Visit

arow October 1, 2012 Zufall Health Center Visit [pdf 15k]

Recognizing the comprehensive services New Jersey's community health care centers provide to nearly half a million of the state's most vulnerable residents, Governor Christie and Health Commissioner O'Dowd announced an increase in funding for these facilities in the Governor's Fiscal Year 2013 Budget - bringing funding to an all-time high of $50 million this year for these critical health facilities. The Governor and Commissioner made the announcement at the Zufall Health Center in Dover Township, a community health center serving the health care needs of some of the most vulnerable New Jerseyans in the Morris and Hunterdon communities.

September 10, 2012   NJ-HITECH Conference [pdf 28k]

As part of National Health IT Week, Commissioner of Health Mary E. O’Dowd visited the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to speak about how the state is promoting the use of health information technology. NJIT is the first university in the state to launch an Health IT initiative to allow students to create electronic personal health records.


HANJ

arow June 7, Increasing Access through Establishing Successful Community Health Center and Hospital Collaborations Conference [pdf 162k]

On June 7, Commissioner O’Dowd joined healthcare leaders representing NJ’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and hospitals at a working session to explore best practices in collaboration. The conference entitled “Increasing Access through Establishing Successful Community Health Center and Hospital Collaborations” was jointly sponsored by the NJ Primary Care Association and the Hospital Alliance of NJ. The conference highlighted successful collaborations in some of our state’s major cities like Camden, Trenton and Newark as well as Morris, Warren, Sussex, Ocean, Monmouth and Hunterdon counties.
Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding

shapingnj

Shaping NJ Annual Partnership Conference [pdf 112k]

On Friday, June 1, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd welcomed Shaping NJ’s 200th partner—Muscle Maker Grill at the partnership’s annual conference at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness in Mercerville. In addition to announcing the 200th partner, the Commissioner highlighted some recent ShapingNJ successes.


Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding

arow May 17, Senate Budget Committee [pdf 174k]

On May 17, Commissioner O’Dowd testified before the Senate Budget Committee on the proposed FY 2013 budget.


Senate Budget and Approriations Testimony arow April 18, 2012 Assembly Budget Committee Testimony [pdf 84k]

Commissioner Mary O'Dowd updates the Assembly Budget Committee on the Department's FY 2013 proposed budget.

NJ State Nurses Association Annual Meeting

arow April 12, 2012 Presentation on the future of nursing at the New Jersey Sate Nurses Association Annual Meeting [pdf 571k]

On April 12, Commissioner O’Dowd delivered a presentation providing an overview of how nurses are leading change, advancing health and improving the future of health care in New Jersey. The presentation took place at the New Jersey State Nurses Association Annual Meeting.
Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding arow April 4, 2012 Hearing on the FY 2013 State Budget Realignment of Social Services - Commissioner O’Dowd Testimony [pdf 84k]

On April 4, Commissioner Mary O’Dowd joined Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez and Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake in testifying at the Assembly’s Hearing on the Realignment of Social Services in the FY 2013 State Budget.

HIV/AIDS Grants Announcement

arow April 2, 2012 Health Equity Summit [pdf 167k]

At the Department’s Health Equity Summit Commissioner O’Dowd discussed the state's efforts to reduce health disparities. The summit, entitled Health Equity for All…think Nationally, Act Locally, was designed to help communities, providers, practitioners and government take action in their communities by identifying strategies to move the state toward its goal of eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity for all residents. The summit featured physicians and other health experts who addressed topics including health literacy, improving access to care, achieving health equity in an urban setting and educating clinicians to provide culturally competent, patient-centered care.

HIV/AIDS Grants Announcement

arow March 21, 2012 HIV/AIDS Grants Announcement [pdf 137k]

During a visit to Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd announced $8.1 million in grants to hospitals, health centers, community organizations and public health agencies providing medical and support services to those living with HIV/AIDS. The Henry J. Austin Health Center will receive $788,771 in grant funding. It provides all aspects of patient care including counseling and testing, transportation, pharmaceutical assistance and two patient navigators who link patients into care and provide monitoring. The center is also adding mental health services.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program Conference arow March 9, 2012 - State Health Insurance Assistance Program Conference [pdf 12k]

On Friday, March 9, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd attended the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Conference, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Medicare counseling program and also recognized counselors. 175 SHIP counselors attended the conference.

Advanced Standing Announcement

arowFebruary 10, 2012 Advanced Standing Announcement [pdf 92k]

On Friday, February 10, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd joined the Health Care Association of New Jersey (HCANJ) to announce a new partnership to enhance quality and consumer information about assisted living residences in New Jersey. Through this collaboration, assisted living residences in New Jersey—which meet the highest quality standards of care now have an opportunity to receive the designation of "Advanced Standing."

New Jersey Health Officers Association Centennial Gala

arowDecember 2, 2011 -New Jersey Health Officers Association Centennial Gala [pdf 4k]

On Friday, December 2, Commissioner O’Dowd attended the New Jersey Health Officers Association Centennial Gala at the Newark Museum. Commissioner O’Dowd spoke about public health achievements in the last 100 years. The Commissioner also toured the Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle educational exhibit on childhood obesity featured at the museum. The exhibit is an “interactive family experience,” this exhibit focuses on the issue of childhood obesity and shows how small changes in nutrition and activity can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Commissioner O'Dowd provided remarks at the New Jersey Public Educators (NJSOPHE) Conference arow December 2, 2011 - New Jersey Public Educators (NJSOPHE) Conference [pdf 3.5m]

On Friday, December 2, Commissioner O'Dowd provided remarks at the New Jersey Public Educators (NJSOPHE) Conference held at the New Jersey Hospital Association Conference Center in Princeton. Pictured with the Commissioner from the left: Iesha Suber, NJSOPHE Program Chair and Rose Jean-Baptiste, 2011 NJSOPHE President and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Brito.

EMS Awards

arowNovember 4 - EMS Awards [pdf 178k]

Commissioner O’Dowd addressed more than 700 EMTS, paramedics, nurses, physician and EMS administrators at the Annual EMS Awards Dinner on November 4.
Conference of State and Local Health Officials arow November 3, 2011 - Conference of State and Local Health Officials [pdf 1m]

Commissioner O’Dowd addressed the 2011 Annual Conference of State and Local Health Officials, which was held at the Mercer County Community College Conference Center on Thursday, November 3.

YMCA Alliance's "Spirit of the Y" Award

arow October 6, 2011 --YMCA Alliance's "Spirit of the Y" Award [pdf 95k]

On October 6, Commissioner O'Dowd accepted the YMCA Alliance's "Spirit of the Y" Award for the Department's Shaping NJ initiative at the 11th Annual New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. The "Spirit of the Y" Award is presented by the YMCA State Alliance to a statewide leader with a passion for strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Medicare Part B arow May 25, 2011 - Medicare Wellness Campaign [pdf 20k]

On May 25, Acting Commissioner O’Dowd joined Jane Maloney, Executive Director of the Ocean County Division of Senior Services to speak to seniors about 19 free and reduced cost preventive care services now covered under the Medicare Part B program.

Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding

arow May 24, 2011 --Assembly Budget Medicaid Testimony [pdf 62k]

On May 24, Commissioner Mary O’Dowd joined Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez in testifying before the Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding in the proposed 2012 budget.
Health Care Association of NJ Conference arow May 17, 2011 - Health Care Association of NJ Conference [pdf 2M]

On May 17, Acting Commissioner Mary O’Dowd delivered remarks at the Health Care Association of New Jersey 13th Annual State Assisted Living Conference. The Commissioner spoke about the FY 2012 budget and the Department’s long-term care initiatives.

Senate Budget and Approriations Testimony

arow May 4, 2011 -- Senate Budget and Appropriations Testimony [pdf 67k]

Acting Commissioner Mary O'Dowd discusses the Department's FY2012 budget.
Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder arow April 29, 2011 - Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder [pdf 146k]

Autism Spectrum Disorders were the subject of a statewide conference at which Acting Commissioner Mary O'Dowd discussed the Department's initiatives to assist individuals with autism and their families. Held at Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, the conference also featured the work of many other organizations, and included the release of the Department of Human Services' new resource guide and web site for families affected by autism.

Senate Judiciary testimony

arowApril 28, Senate Judiciary testimony [pdf 67k]

Acting Commissioner Mary O'Dowd provides testimony at her Confirmation Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee with former Assembly Speaker Jack Collins.
Virtua Voorhees Grand Opening arow April 16, 2011 - Virtua Voorhees Grand Opening [pdf 54k]

Acting NJDOH Commissioner Mary O'Dowd gives remarks at the grand opening of the new Virtua Voorhees hospital.

arowApril 14, 2011 -- Assembly Budget Committee Testimony [pdf 75k]

NJDOH Acting Commissioner Mary O'Dowd updates the Assembly Budget Committee on the Department's FY 2012 proposed budget.
 arow April 5, 2011 - Assembly Budget Committee Testimony [pdf 54k]

Acting Commissioner Mary O’Dowd joined Department of Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez in testifying before the Assembly Budget Committee on Medicaid funding in the proposed 2012 budget. Acting Commissioner O'Dowd's remarks centered on how the Department plans to reform the Department of Health' portion of the Medicaid program.

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