NJPHA 2021 Annual Conference

2021 Annual Conference of New Jersey Public Health Association

Updated (9/12/21)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Implications in Vulnerable Populations

and Public Health Practice

October 8, 2021, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


To provide an opportunity for the NJ public health professionals to present papers related to field research on practice-based solutions pertinent to public health issues for vulnerable populations.


To explore public health issues including inequities, and disparities in vulnerable populations.

Conference Venue: Webinar

Capacity: up to 500 participants

Registration Fee: NJPHA Members register Free, Non-members $15 and Students $5                        


Conference Agenda

10:00 – 10:05              Opening Remarks:

Donald Weinbaum, MBA, President of NJPHA

10:05 – 10:30              Keynote Presentation

Jose Ramon Fernandez – Pena, MD, MPA, President of APHA

10:30 – 11:00                          Panel 1: Paper presentations: Health Policy, Planning and Outcome

                                                Moderator: Sreelekha Prakash, MD, MPH


  • COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on the Exercise of Religion

Ryan Houser, MS, NRMET, Georgetown University’s Global Health Initiative & O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law, Washington D.C.

  • Understanding HPV Vaccine Uptake Health Equity Challenges in Newark, New Jersey

Sara Subbanna BA; Sheryl Bedno, MD, DrPH, FACPM

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

  • Structure & Future of NJ Local Boards of Health: Impact on Municipal Policy and Health Outcome        

Sylvia Twersky, Ph.D., MPH and Melanie McDermott, PhD

The College of New Jersey

11:00 – 11: 40                         Panel 2: Vaccine Hesitancy, Community Outreach & Strategy

                                                Moderator: Sreelekha Prakash, MD, MPH

  • Lessons from the Field: Increasing COVID Vaccination Status Among Seniors

Candice Davenport, BSN, RN, MPH, MCHES, Maplewood Health Department and Cathy Rowe, DrPH, Advocates for Aging Well, NJ

  • Community Partners Vaccine Coordination & Delivery Program

Monica Lallo, Ed.D. MPA, MPM, Vice President

Integrated Healthcare Organization, NJ

  • Public Health, Vulnerable Population and Vaccine Hesitancy

Denise Rizzolo, Ph.D., PA-C, Megan Avallone, MS, RN and Ellen Shelley, DNP, MSN, NE-BC, CPHQ, CCM, Westfield   Regional Health Department, NJ

  • Vaccine Hesitancy Among Minority Groups

Arianna Ceballos, Senior Public Health Student, The College of New Jersey

11:40 – 11: 55             Breakout sessions: Questions & Answers

11: 55 – 12:00             Closing Remarks

Lisa A. Harrison-Gulla, MPH, MAE, HO, REHS

NJPHA President Elect

2.0 Public Health and CHES/MCHES credits will be provided for this program