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NJTV Announces Production of Third Health-Themed Town Hall Program: The State of NJ's Health: Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Town hall program moderated by Mike Schneider tapes this month for September 17 broadcast; Expert panel discusses personal and professional experiences at Rutgers University in Camden

CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, announced it is taping the third program in its health-themed town hall series in Camden for broadcast this fall.

NJTV, New Jersey's public television station, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors.

The latest town hall program, entitled The State of NJ's Health: Overcoming Childhood Trauma, will be recorded at the Walter K. Gordon Theater at Rutgers University-Camden this month to premiere Wednesday, September 17 at 8pm on NJTV (check local listings). 

Hosted by NJTV's Senior Correspondent Mike Schneider, this hour-long town hall discussion will explore the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences on New Jersey's inner city youth.  At-risk children are often exposed to habitual violence, neglect, abuse and family dysfunction.   This ongoing stress can lead to learning deficiencies and lifelong emotional and health problems.

The program will engage professional panelists with community participants to explore the challenges and solutions to the problem of adverse childhood experience.

Participants inThe State of NJ's Health: Overcoming Childhood Trauma include:  

  • JJ CutuliAssistant Professor in Psychology, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Dr. Martin Finkel, Professor of Pediatrics, CARE Institute (Rowan)
  • Robert Atkins, Associate Professor of Nursing and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden
  • Kristin Schubert, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Dr. Roy Wade, Pediatrician/Urban ACE Task Force, Children Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Shavar JeffriesAssociate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice
  • Dr. Ruth Perry, Executive Director, Trenton Healthcare Team

The State of NJ's Health: Overcoming Childhood Trauma is a production of NJTV and is made possible by major funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The first town hall episode of the series, The State of NJ's Health: Growing Healthy Kids, discussed the topic of childhood obesity. It aired in March of this year and was recorded at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.  The second, Healthcare Hot Spots , which aired in June from Rutgers in Piscataway, examined local access to primary health care in the era of the Affordable Healthcare Act. 

The fourth town hall in this series will assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the mental health of Jersey shore residents, and will be scheduled to air around the storm's anniversary in October.

Find out more about The State of NJ's Health at NJTVonline.org and on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #NJTVhealth.  Photos available on the NJTV pressroom. 

About NJTV
NJTV, New Jersey's public television station, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, American Masters, Charlie Rose, and BBC World News America and a range of documentaries and children's programs.  NJTV offers an array of local news and cultural offerings on air and online including On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ andState of the Arts. The network's flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State.   NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. NJTV is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the NJTV website where users can stream PBS content for free and local educators can find free, classroom-ready, digital resources.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest private foundation in New Jersey and the nation's largest philanthropy working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are working to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. The Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey since 1972. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org/nj. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook. 

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