April 1, 2019: Media Advisory: First Lady Tammy Murphy to Kick Off NJHA Conference ‘Patients, Prejudice & Policy’

To launch April’s observance of Minority and Multicultural Health Month, NJHA is hosting a daylong conference “Patients, Prejudice & Policy” April 2 to promote a frank dialogue about unconscious bias and other barriers to good health in New Jersey, with First Lady Tammy Murphy delivering opening remarks.

What: “Patients, Prejudice & Policy” Conference (#P3NJ)

Where: NJHA Conference and Event Center, 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08543

When: April 2, 2019. Registration is at 9 a.m.; the program begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues through 3:30 p.m. See the full schedule at www.njha.com/education/brochure/?id=1959.


  • First Lady Tammy Murphy delivering opening remarks at 9:30 a.m.
  • Keynote speaker Tony Chatman on “The Truth About Bias”
  • N.J. Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal presenting luncheon remarks on health disparities
  • Assembly members Louis Greenwald (D-6), Nancy Pinkin (D-18) and Shavonda Sumter (D-35) discussing policy and social determinants of health
  • A patient and family panel sharing firsthand stories of bias, featuring Darryl and Andrea Gladden, Ciaran Staunton, Jackie Baras and Myriam Mondestin-Sorrentino, MD
  • A community panel featuring Jeff Brown, Brown’s Super Stores; Paschal Nwako, Camden Health Officer; Ken Morris, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center; and Valeria Galarza, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
  • NJHA’s Sean Hopkins sharing hotspotting data from the Center for Health Analytics, Research and Transformation at NJHA
  • Moderators Joe Devine, NJHA Board chair and president of Jefferson Health New Jersey, and Cathy Bennett, NJHA president and CEO.

Why: Driven by a mission to improve the health of the people of New Jersey, NJHA and its members believe a candid communitywide conversation on health equity and unconscious bias is important to ensure good health for New Jersey’s diverse individuals and communities.