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Podcast: Healthcare Reaches Beyond the System Walls

Panelists discuss importance of bringing institutions into their communities

While we're on winter hiatus we'll be publishing podcasts of some of the most compelling and challenging sessions from our October NJ Spotlight On Cities conference, as well as a podcast diary of a colleague who is struggling with breast cancer.

In his introduction to our NJ Spotlight On Cities panel on urban healthcare, moderator and NJ Spotlight healthcare writer Andrew Kitchenman notes that this is “one of the areas where urban innovation is happening most rapidly in New Jersey.” A number of healthcare institutions are now looking to address social factors that can access patient health, things like access to nutritious food and stable housing.

The panelists discussing the challenges, opportunities, and impacts of this concept included representatives from three institutions that have been actively engaged in urban community health. They are: Mark Humowiecki, general counsel for the Camden Coalition of Health Providers; Jennifer Velez, senior vice president of Strategy & Planning at Barnabas Health; and Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff, program officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Our panel on healthcare was one of a dozen panels at this year’s inaugural NJ Spotlight On Cities. Now we’re gearing up for our second year, to be held in the fall. What are the big issues facing cities that we should be focusing on? Do you know of an organization that’s doing wonderful things in a New Jersey city? Or an idea that’s taken root in another American city that New Jersey might try? Or a speaker that we absolutely should know about? Tell us about it by emailing us at

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