Beyond Reconstruction: Forum to Focus on Mental Health One Year After Hurricane Sandy

    • October 17, 2013

Princeton, N.J.—Approaching the one-year anniversary of the storm, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will convene a Culture of Health Forum to address the ongoing mental health effects of Hurricane Sandy.

WHEN: October 18, 2013, 10 a.m.–12 noon

WHERE: Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, 1691 US 9, Toms River, NJ 08754

WHO: Government and business leaders, elected officials, health care professionals, and members of the community will discuss the moderate and long-term effects of disasters on the community as a whole and steps that can be taken to prepare for addressing emerging mental health needs, including the launch of Mental Health First Aid Training in Atlantic, Ocean, and Monmouth Counties.
Emmy-award winning anchor and broadcaster, Steve Adubato, will moderate this panel discussion with an audience of key community stakeholders.  

Panelists include:

  • Dr. John Lumpkin, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Care Group, RWJF
  • Carolyn Beauchamp, CEO, Mental Health Association in NJ
  • Don Dalesio, Market Manager, Townsquare Media,, Jersey Shore Radio
  • Faith Liguori, LCSW, Crisis Counselor and Resident of Seaside Park.  Faith recounts her experience as a storm victim in this emotional video.
  • Mayor Matt Doherty, Belmar

This is the first of several Culture of Health Forums that will be hosted by RWJF. Each will focus on critical health-related issues in New Jersey.  

Townsquare Media is working with RWJF to bring this event to the public.  Highlights from the Forum will be viewable both through and

Panelists will be available for interviews and questions at the conclusion of the discussion.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

Media Contacts

Melissa Blair

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937

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