In his introduction to our NJ Spotlight On Cities panel on urban healthcare, moderator and NJ Spotlight healthcare writer Andrew Kitchenman notes that this is “one of the areas where urban innovation is happening most rapidly in New Jersey.” A number of healthcare institutions are now looking to address social factors that can access patient health, things like access to nutritious food and stable housing.

The panelists discussing the challenges, opportunities, and impacts of this concept included representatives from three institutions that have been actively engaged in urban community health. They are: Mark Humowiecki, general counsel for the Camden Coalition of Health Providers; Jennifer Velez, senior vice president of Strategy & Planning at Barnabas Health; and Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff, program officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.