22nd Annual Public Health Symposium

Monday, April 3, 2017

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rutgers University Medical School

675 Hoes Lane West

Piscataway 08854

Informing your community about prevention measures for a disease outbreak?

Educating parents about the importance of vaccines?

Explaining the impact of an environmental hazard to the residents surrounding a toxic spill?

Describing the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases?

The critical skill underlying each of these activities is the ability to communicate science in a manner that is clear, understandable, and perceived as CREDIBLE by your audience.  Now, more than ever, public health professionals must be able to effectively communicate the science that informs and directs our work. 

Guest Lecturers

We are delighted to have two plenary speakers for this year’s program. 

William K. Hallman, PhD

Dr. Hallman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology, and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Dr. Hallman’s research examines public perceptions of controversial issues concerning food, health, and the environment.  His current research projects include studies of public perceptions and responses to food safety risks, the safety of fresh meat, poultry, game, and seafood products purchased on the Internet, the use of nanotechnology in food, and public understanding of health claims made for food products. Dr. Hallman serves on the Executive Committee of Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), and helped to found the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, which offers food insecure residents access to fresh, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate produce and other food products. Dr. Hallman formerly served as the Director of the Food Policy Institute (FPI) at Rutgers, and currently serves as the Chair of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr Hallman Presentation

Roxanne Khamsi

Roxanne Khamsi is a science journalist and editor who teaches the ‘Distilling Your Message’ course for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science®. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Economist, Popular Science, Scientific American, New York Magazine, and Slate. Roxanne oversees science coverage as the chief news editor at Nature Medicine, a monthly biomedical journal published by Nature Publishing Group. Before joining Nature Medicine, she worked as a reporter for New Scientist, where she covered topics ranging from neuroscience to evolution. Roxanne has received recognition for her writing including a first-place award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in the trade publication category for her coverage of insurance issues plaguing medical foods. She earned her degree in biology from Dartmouth College, with a concentration in genetics.

Roxanne Khamsi Presentation

Register today at NJLMN

In addition to attending the Symposium, you can ALSO participate in the Symposium as a Poster Presenter or a Table Vendor! Here are the details:

Poster Presenters:

Highlight a recent project or initiative through a poster presentation!  Submit your poster details at the following link:  


Table Vendors:

Provide information and resources about the services of your organization or association through a tabletop display!  Provide details here:



4:00 pm   Visit Posters and Table Vendors

5:00 pm   Lectures

7:15 pm   Light Supper / Networking