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Media Advisory


CONTACT:  Lana Lee, (973) 643-3876 (office) |(609) 651-5855 (cell) | llee@acnj.org

March 22, 2018

Who: Advocates For Children of New Jersey (Cecilia Zalkind, President and CEO, and presenters Alana Vega, KIDS COUNT Coordinator and Peter Chen, Policy Counsel)

  • Dr. Denise Rodgers, MD, FAAFP, Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Director of the Rutgers Urban Health and Wellness Institute.
  • Representatives from the City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness, Greater Newark LISC, La Casa de Don Pedro, a child care family worker, and a Newark parent

What: ACNJ will release its 2018 Newark KIDS COUNT, an annual snapshot of child well-being in New Jersey’s largest city. This year's report features a special section on the state of childhood lead poisoning and prevention in Newark. Dr. Rodgers will speak on the impact of lead on Newark's children, followed by a panel discussion on the future of lead prevention in the city.

Where: Rutgers University, Robeson Campus Center (Bergen Room), 350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, N.J.

When: Tuesday, March 27 at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Why: ACNJ's annual Newark KIDS COUNT includes the latest statistics, along with five-year trend data, in the following areas: demographics, family economic security, food insecurity, child health, child protection, child care, education and teens. This year's special focus on childhood lead exposure recognizes the progress made in lead removal and prevention, but also highlights the unique obstacles that persist in keeping Newark children and homes lead-safe.

EMBARGOED COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE AVAILABLE. CONTACT: Lana Lee, llee@acnj.org, (609) 651-5855



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