Debating the state of health care — and COVID-19 — in NJ

NJ Decides 2021: Election Conversations

New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the focus of the second online forum in a series — titled “NJ Decides 2021: Election Conversations” — hosted by NJ Spotlight News to prompt discussion and better understanding of the big issues facing voters this fall.

The hour-long roundtable, held Thursday, Sept. 23, touched on the state’s work to protect nursing homes from the pandemic, the challenges involved with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, and the debate over whether children should wear face masks. It also explored the tension between science and politics that has grown in New Jersey over recent years.

Joining NJ Spotlight News’ Health Care Writer Lilo H. Stainton and Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan were Dr. Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of Newark’s University Hospital and former state health commissioner; Dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health Perry Halkitis, and Dr. Annette Reboli, Dean of the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

You can watch the lively, wide-ranging discussion by clicking the start arrow on the image above.

The conversations in this series are leading up to the Oct. 12 gubernatorial debate hosted by NJ Spotlight News, NJ PBS and Rowan University. The remaining online conversations will be:

  • Budget & Taxes: Tuesday, Sept. 28, starting at noon
  • Social Justice & Immigration: Wednesday, Oct. 6, noon
  • Climate Change & Clean Energy: Thursday, Oct. 7, noon

To attend these conversations, register here.

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