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November 23, 2016
NJLM’s Women in Municipal Government Presents Awards to Health Leaders
The New Jersey League of Municipalities’ Women in
Municipal Government (WIMG) Committee recognized extraordinary efforts
on behalf of the health of communities at its annual breakfast, held at
the League’s 101st Conference on Thursday, November 17 in Atlantic City.
Barbara George Johnson, Executive Director, John S Watson Institute
for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University, and New Jersey
Health Care Quality Institute’s Mayors Wellness Campaign (accepted by
President and CEO Lisa Schwimmer) were the recipients of Outstanding
Women in Government Awards.
“Over the last few decades, global and national
initiatives have begun to recognize the need for reconnecting the
fields of planning and public health. The health of a community can
determine the quality of life for its residents, impacting every facet
of life, every day. Living well means brining health into all of your
local government policies-from economic development and planning to
community activities,” noted WIMG committee co-chair and League Past
President Mayor Suzanne Walters of Stone Harbor.
Barbara George Johnson is the
Executive Director of the John S Watson Institute for Public Policy
(JSWIPP) at Thomas Edison State University. She brings more than 20
years of experience as a public policy professional in New Jersey and
has been a leading voice in shaping economic, health and social policy
in the region. Barbara comes to the University with experience as
managing principal of GOVCONNECTIONS, LLC, and a Senior Associate for
MBI-GluckShaw, where she represented a diverse client base that ranged
from the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals to municipal
governments including the City of Trenton. She was also the first
Legislative Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New
Jersey. As Executive Director, Barbara provides technical support to
the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association. She also oversees the six
policy centers housed at JSWIPP focused on early childhood education,
urban environmental issues, public health, civic engagement and
leadership development, and capacity building. She earned a Bachelor of
Arts in Biology and Technology from Cornell University, an MPH from
Columbia University’s School of Public Health, and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers-Newark Law School.
The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a statewide
community health initiative in partnership with the New Jersey State
League of Municipalities.
The MWC is a program that gives mayors tools
and strategies to champion healthy and active living and to improve the
overall health of their communities.
NJHCQI President and CEO, Linda Schwimmer,
accepted the 2016 Outstanding Women in Government Award in honor of the
10th anniversary of the Mayors Wellness Campaign.
The event featured a Host City Welcome by
Donald Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City, as well as a League
President’s Welcome from Joseph Tempesta, Jr., Mayor of West Caldwell,
then League President.
In addition, Barbara George Johnson, spoke at
the event, sharing her insights on public health. “Public Health is
really the lynchpin of the healthcare system, dating back to the late
19th century,” she noted, adding that health care is key to the future
of the nation. “Access is the minimum we can do. If you can’t afford to
provide health care for your population, you can’t consider yourself
an advanced nation.”
Contact: Lori Buckelew by email or 609-695-43481 ext. 112