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June 5, 2017

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DOH Convenes Second Annual Population Health Summit

Population Health Heroes to be Honored for Innovative Projects

Mayors, university deans and leaders in business, health care and public health will discuss innovations in improving the health of New Jersey residents during the Department of Health’s second annual Population Health Summit on Wednesday, June 7 at Rider University in Lawrenceville.

Six Christie Administration cabinet officers will present trophies to “Population Health Heroes” who will be honored during the summit, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Innovation Institute. About 400 health officers, school nurses, community and faith-based leaders, insurers and officials from colleges, universities and government are expected to attend.

“Shifting the healthcare system’s focus to wellness and collaborating with communities to build healthier environments that promote wellness are cornerstones of the Department’s work,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said. “Inspiring initiatives to improve population health are ongoing in every region of our state, and it’s important that we shine a spotlight on this incredible work not only to honor our awardees but to encourage others.”

Commissioner Bennett will open the summit and moderate a discussion with five university deans and department chairs about teaching the next generation how to improve the health of New Jersey residents and their communities. The deans are from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Montclair State University’s Department of Public Health, Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Rowan University’s College of Science & Mathematics and Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

The summit will include breakout sessions on:

  • How Municipal Leadership Drives Population Health Improvements
  • Business Strategies that Benefit Consumers and Improve Population Health
  • How Value-Based Transformation Will Benefit Population Health

The goal of the summit is to promote a health and wellness culture in New Jersey communities, businesses and organizations statewide to drive overall improvements in population health.  

The winners of the first Population Health Heroes awards will be announced during the luncheon. The awards will recognize innovative projects that have made a measurable difference in health outcomes for New Jersey residents.


WHEN: Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

The agenda for the summit is available here.

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Last Reviewed: 6/5/2017