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August 24, 2017

NJTV Hosts “Health, Quality of Life and Economic Disparity” Forum in Asbury Park

Briana Vannozzi leads community forum discussion.

NJTV hosted a community engagement forum — Health, Quality of Life and Economic Disparity — at the Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park as part of the Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America initiative. The forum was presented in conjunction with the upcoming NJTV In Your Neighborhood: Asbury Park (August 30) and featured a panel discussion and Q&A about the impact that increasing income disparities can have on New Jersey communities.

NJTV News correspondent Briana Vannozzi was joined by representatives involved in policy research, health and social services, and community organizations to discuss the growing divide between socio-economic classes and the consequences it has on the health and quality of life for residents. The forum explored economic policies, challenges and opportunities, and how communities are working towards better well-being for all. Asbury Park’s Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton were in attendance with about 40 participants, many of which were residents and community stakeholders that joined in on the discussion.

Community members share their perspectives.

Feedback from attendees was positive.  “We thank God that you all are here to try to address these issues and give voice to the voiceless,” said Lori Ross of the West Side Community Center during the forum.

Prior to the forum, Vannozzi did a live, on-location interview with Lisa Lee, Project Director for the Alliance for a Healthier Asbury Park for NJTV News.

Emily Harris from WNET’s Chasing the Dream team live tweeted from the forum. Check out their album on Facebook!

ICYMI: Watch the forum at NJTV Online. Tune-in to tonight’s edition of NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams to hear more about the event.

Next week, NJTV will broadcast live from the Asbury Park Boardwalk and beyond for the third stop in this year’s In Your Neighborhood initiative. Click here to learn more.

WNET’s Emily Harris speaks about the “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America” initiative.

FRONT ROW L-R: NJTV’s Briana Vannozzi; Rick Garlipp MA, MBA, Sr. Program Manager, CPC Behavioral Healthcare; Esther Piekarski Lysaght, Director, Alphabets Preschool Center; Lisa Lee; Alicia Williams, Esq., Managing Attorney, South Jersey Legal Services BACK ROW L-R: NJTV’s Selma Betancourt; Felicia Simmons, Asbury Park community activist; Randy Thompson, CEO, Help Not Handcuffs, Inc.; Jon Whiten, Vice President, New Jersey Policy Perspective.

NJTV Team from L-R: Selma Betancourt, Briana Vannozzi, Deb Falk, camera operator Brendan Smyth.

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