Health Impact Assessment in New Jersey:
Building Capacity to Advance Healthier Decisions
An inaugural workshop by the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative,
facilitated by Rutgers University
May 7, 2015
More than 160 people gathered together at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ on May 7, 2015 for the inaugural conference of the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative. The conference provided participants with important insights into strategies to promote health in all policies and healthy communities through use of tools such as Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Keynote speaker Dr. Dick Jackson challenged the conference participants to advance meaningful policies and strategies to integrate health as an inherent outcome of decisions at the state and local levels in New Jersey. Dr. Denise Rodgers of Rutgers University outlined health disparities that exist in New Jersey and the underlying societal factors that influence those disparities. Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health, Mary O’Dowd, outlined activities underway by her agency to support healthy communities work throughout New Jersey. National Health Impact Assessment Experts outlined approaches to HIA and experiences across the country. New Jersey practitioners presented HIA case studies underway in the Garden State as well as resources available to practitioners and decision-makers in New Jersey to advance health in all policies strategies. The agenda and bios for speakers can be found on this website along with powerpoint presentations of the conference speakers.
James W. Hughes; Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
The challenge of disparate health outcomes in New Jersey
Denise Rodgers, MD; Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Practice and Methods of HIA
Jimmy Dills, MPH, MUP; Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University
National Perspective: HIA Experiences and Outcomes from Across the U.S.
Amber Lenhart, MPH; Associate, Health Impact Project
Building Partnerships for a Healthy New Jersey
Mary E. O’Dowd, MPH, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health
Middlesex Greenway & Bloomfield Avenue
Karen Lowrie, Ph.d. Associate Director; Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy & Rick Lear, Director of Parks and Recreation and Interim Department Head for Infrastructure Management, Middlesex County & Leigh Ann Von Hagen, PP AICP, Senior Research Specialist, Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, & Kathy Smith,Program Officer, Partners for Health
Jon Carnegie, PP AICP Executive Director; Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy & Caleb D. Stratton, Principal Planner, City of Hoboken
Little Egg Harbor
David Kutner, PP AICP, Recovery Planning Manager; New Jersey Future & Michael Fromosky, Assistant Business Administrator, Little Egg Harbor Township.
Donna Drewes, Co-Director
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Robert Laumbach M.D., M.P.H., C.I.H
Keynote Speaker: Richard J. Jackson, MD MPH
Richard J. Jackson, MD MPH, is from Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. A pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years, he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. In 2011, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association and New Partners for Smart Growth. In 2012, he received the John Heinz Award for National Leadership in the Environment. Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues related to built environment and health. He co-authored two books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities. He is an elected honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects as well as the American Institute of Architects. In March 2015, he will receive national recognition for his service to the field of architecture; the Henry Hope Reed Award.
The New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative (NJHIC) is hosting a statewide conference designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Increase awareness about the impact that physical, social and economic factors have on health of residents;
- Enhance understanding of how Health Impact Assessments (HIA) can be a practical tool to identify potential health outcomes of “non health” decisions;
- Educate participants about HIA methods, approaches and outcomes;
- Initiate the formation of a network of HIA practitioners in New Jersey;
- Build consensus around identifying policies and types of projects in New Jersey where use of HIA could lead to improved health outcomes and more collaborative decision-making that affect our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.
- Local government volunteers and professional staff (public health, planners, environmental commissions, engineers)
- State and local agency staff that oversee decisions affecting the physical and built environment
- Consulting planners, architects and engineers
- State, municipal and county elected officials
- Business leaders