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COVID-19 Briefing #9 (6.3.20) – Building Urban Resiliency (Local Response)

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Gathering Ground’s Statewide Conversations — COVID-19 Response

Call #9 – June 3, 2020

Topic: Building Urban Resiliency During the Pandemic (Local Response)

Guest speaker #1: Chris T. Pernell, MD, MPH, FACPM , Chief Strategic Integration & Health Equity Officer, University Hospital

Guest speaker #2: Tanya Veltz, Founder & Director – Tree House Cares

Resources shared by speakers and participants during the call include:

  • University Hospital COVID-19 Resources
  • Tree House Cares food distribution sites in Newark, Wayne and New Brunswick
  • Community Emergency Response Teams
  • Reopening guide for nonprofits
  • Resources for those with hearing loss
  • Other health resources
Download the full summary and resources links here.

“I was really amazed by the cross-section of people in this whole building today. I really didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t anticipating facilitating a session. I absolutely loved the energy that came out of the room and I was pretty amazed at the breath of ideas. “The fact that we come back on day two to create an action plan and walk out of here with very specific tasks is an amazing thing. It’s a way to help Asbury Park to move forward with an actionable plan.”

– Jen Souder – Consultant, Greener by Design, Founder Asbury Park African American Heritage Project & Museum (Asbury Park)

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