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NJTV Premieres Town Hall Series STATE OF NJ'S HEALTH Tonight

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NJTV Premieres Town Hall Series STATE OF NJ'S HEALTH Tonight

NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, premieres the second program in its four-part town hall series, The State of NJ's Health.

The episode, recorded at the Rutgers iTV studio in Piscataway earlier this month and entitled The State of NJ's Health: Healthcare Hot Spots, premieres tonight, June 25 at 8pm, with encore presentations on July 5 at 1pm and July 6 at 6pm on NJTV (check local listings).

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

Healthcare Hot Spots participants assess a variety of local primary healthcare 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 healthcare.

The program includes discussion with the founder of two North Jersey clinics that reach out into various communities to offer residents primary care and looks 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 highlights MacArthur Genius Award-winner Dr. Jeffrey Brenner'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 are:

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 Dept. of Public Policy at Rutgers University

Dr. Herb Conaway, NJ State Assemblyman and Director Pulmonary Clinic at St. Francis Medical , Trenton , NJ

Cindy Sickora, DNP, RN Associate Professor & 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- Focus Wellness Center

Kelvin Roberson, Community Outreach & Development of Urban Healthcare Initiative Program

Dr. Alexander Salerno, Founder of Urban Healthcare Initiative Program

Susan Mende, BSN, MPH, Senior Program Officer of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Natassia Rozario, Associate Counsel, Senior Program Manager of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Reverend Edward Livingston, Executive Director of Camden Churches Organized for People

Andrew Miller, MD, MPH Medical Director of Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc.

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