The State of NJ's Health: Health Care Hot Spots Premieres Wednesday, 6/25, at 8 p.m. on NJTV

    • June 25, 2014
Mary Alice Williams hosts The State of NJ's Health.

Piscataway, N.J.—In June, 2014, NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, premiered the second program in its four-part town hall series, The State of NJ's Health.

The episode, entitled The State of NJ's Health: Healthcare Hot Spots, premiered Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m. on NJTV.

Hosted by veteran journalist and newly-announced anchor of NJTV NewsMary Alice Williams, this hour-long town hall discussion examined the challenges surrounding public access to primary health care in the age of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations. Expert panelists engaged in dialogue before an audience of key stakeholders, health and health care practitioners and the general public.

Healthcare Hot Spots participants assessed a variety of local primary health care issues, including the use of hospital emergency departments as primary-care facilities, and ways New Jerseyans are pioneering to cut health care costs and improve overall access to primary health care.

The program included discussion with the founder of two North Jersey clinics that reach out into various communities to offer residents primary care, and looked at Atlantic City's Special Care Center, a hospital clinic meant to divert patients out of hospital emergency rooms to give them the long-term care and guidance they need to reduce their reliance on emergency visits. It also highlighted MacArthur Genius Award-winner Jeffrey Brenner, MD's use of hospital data to identify where Camden's sickest patients are, with a goal to get them better care than emergency departments can offer.

The State of NJ's Health: Healthcare Hot Spots panelists included:

  • Uwe E. Reinhardt, James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University
  • Joel Cantor, director of the Center for State Health Policy and distinguished professor in the Department of Public Policy at Rutgers University
  • Herb Conaway, MD, New Jersey State Assemblyman and director of the pulmonary clinic at St. Francis Medical, Trenton , N.J.
  • Cindy Sickora, DNP, RN. associate professor and director of Community Programs for Rutgers School of Nursing and Director—Jordan and Harris Community Healthcare Center
  • Suzanne Willard, PhD, RN, APN-C, FNNA, associate dean, Rutgers College of Nursing, and director of the Focus Wellness Center
  • Kelvin Roberson, community outreach and Development of Urban Healthcare Initiative Program
  • Alexander Salerno, MD, founder of the Urban Healthcare Initiative Program
  • Susan Mende, BSN, MPH, senior program officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Natassia Rozario, associate counsel and senior program manager of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Rev. Edward Livingston, executive director of Camden Churches Organized for People
  • Andrew Miller, MD, MPH, medical director of Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc.

The State of NJ's Health: Healthcare Hot Spots was a production of NJTV, made possible by major funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An archived version of the show can now be seen online.

The first town hall episode of the four-part series, The State of NJ's Health: Growing Healthy Kids, discussed the topic of childhood obesity. It aired in March of this year and was recorded at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.

Subsequent town halls in the series, still to be scheduled, will tackle other health themes, including the adverse effects of inner city stress on children, and the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the mental health of Jersey shore residents.

Find out more about The State of NJ's Health on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #NJTVhealth.

About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey's public television station, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to New Jersey and its tristate neighbors. NJTV presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, American Masters, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and a range of documentaries and children's programs.

NJTV offers an array of local news and cultural offerings on air and online, including On the Record with Michael Aron, Tales of the Jersey Shore, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts. The network's flagship news broadcast, NJTV News, features stories from across the Garden State.

NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with statewide media and higher education institutions. NJTV is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the NJTV website, where users can stream PBS content for free and local educators can find free, classroom-ready, digital resources.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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