NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced the fourth taping in its health-themed town hall series, The State of NJ’s Health: Living in Sandy’s Shadow. The hour-long program, recorded at Ocean County Community College in Toms River, will broadcast Wednesday, October 29 at 8 pm on NJTV and Sunday, November 2 at 2 pm on THIRTEEN (check local listings).
Moderated by NJTV News Senior Correspondent Mike Schneider, this discussion explores the long-lasting psychological impact of Hurricane Sandy on Garden State residents who live in some of the hardest-hit communities. The storm from two years ago has left lasting emotional scars, fatigue and frustration as individuals cope with rebuilding and re-engagement in their communities. Many are still seeking help for the after-effects; some still don’t know where to turn.
The State of NJ’s Health: Living in Sandy’s Shadow aims to raise awareness of the personal, traumatic after-effects of the storm, and serve as a source of information for community resources both on-air and online. An intimate panel of experts and hurricane survivors explores the challenges and potential solutions to ease the psychological burden during such disasters.
Experts in The State of NJ’s Health: Living in Sandy’s Shadow panel include:
Dr. Christine Hatchard, Director of the Clinical Psychology Research Center at Monmouth University
Patrick Murray, Director, Monmouth University Polling Institute
Rachel Alvarez, Program Manager Barnabas Health, Institute For Prevention
Renee Burawski, Director of the Office for Sandy Recovery at the NJ Department of Human Services, NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (Division)
Adrienne Fessler-Belli, Director Disaster & Terrorism Branch , NJ Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services
Dr. Steven Kairys, Pediatrician, Meridian Health Care Systems
Thomas Kelaher, Mayor of Toms River
The State of NJ’s Health: Living in Sandy’s Shadow is a production of NJTV and is made possible by major funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
After viewing the program, viewers can consult community resources on the series’ program page. The program will also be available online at: http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/the-state-of-njs-health/.
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 third, Overcoming Childhood Trauma, aired in August and dealt with urban environment stress in children.