2019 Summit 


Members of the health care and community development sectors gathered to learn how to use Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) to help create homes in collaboration with local hospitals and improve health outcomes in NJ communities on August 1 at the Trenton Masonic Temple. Over 150 attendees participated in the Network's fourth annual Healthy Communities and Homes Summit.

“The Affordable Care Act aims to improve health and reduce costs by taking a holistic approach using Community Health Needs Assessments,” said Staci Berger, president and chief executive officer of the Network. “Our members are collaborating with local hospitals to provide residents with homes that are affordable and free of dangers like lead and mold. These collaborations are creating community gardens, free health screenings, educational programs, and so much more to meet the needs of the communities these two sectors serve.” Read More

9:00am Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:30am Morning Program


  • John Restrepo, Chairman, HCDNNJ Board of Directors
  • Tammy Murphy, First Lady of New Jersey
  • The Hon. Reed Gusciora, Mayor, The City of Trenton

Opening Remarks

  • Tracy Parris-Benjamin, Director, Clinical Design, Community Health, Horizon BCBSNJ
  • Marco Navarro, Senior Program Officer, RWJ Foundation

Using Community Needs Health Assessments to Create Resources & Collaborations

  • Staci Berger,President and CEO, HCDNNJ 

  • Regional Panels: Partnerships in Practice
    • A representative from Saint Joseph’s Health and Robert Guarasci, Founder & CEO, NJ Community Development Corporation. Moderated by The Hon. Andre Sayegh, Mayor, City of Paterson
    • Sandy Festa, Executive Director, AtlanticCare Health Services and Laura Rodgers, chief program officer, Jewish Family Services of Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Moderated by Rose Farias, Deputy Executive Director & Policy Director Atlantic City Initiatives Projects Office
    • Serena Collado, Director, Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and Sharon Clark, Executive Director, Central Jersey Housing Resource Center. Moderated by DeAnna Minus-Vincent, Assistant Vice President, Social Impact & Community Investment RWJBarnabas Health

Housing as Healthcare
Michellene Davis, Esq., Health Executive VP & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health

Lunch Discussion: Community Development & Health Practitioners Connections
Moderated by Harold Simon, Founder, Shelterforce

1pm Afternoon Program

Building Healthy Homes: NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Pilot Project
Charles A. Richman, Executive Director, HMFA and Katherine Brennan, Chief of Staff, HMFA

Spotlight on New Initiatives: Developing Health Metrics for Municipalities
Randall Solomon, Executive Director, Sustainable Jersey

Creating Lead Free Homes and Neighborhoods  
Catherine Klinger
, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative National Lead Campaign Director and Edward Thomas, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. Moderated by 
Gary Brune, Policy Manager, NJ Future.

How a Complete Census Count Improves Community Health
Kiki Jamieson, President, Fund for New Jersey President and Alana Vega, Kids Count Coordinator, Advocates for Children of NJ. Moderated by Leslie Stivale, Executive Director, Triple C Housing and Vice Chair, Network Board of Directors.