Toward a Healthier Garden State: Beyond Cancer Clusters and COVID (Paperback)

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Toward a Healthier Garden State: Beyond Cancer Clusters and COVID By Michael R. Greenberg, Dona Schneider, Ph.D., M.P.H. Cover Image

Toward a Healthier Garden State: Beyond Cancer Clusters and COVID (Paperback)

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While New Jersey now frequently appears near the top in listings of America’s healthiest states, this has not always been the case. The fluctuations in the state’s overall levels of health have less to do with the lifestyle choices of individual residents and more to do with broader structural issues, ranging from pollution to urban design to the consolidation of the healthcare industry. 
 
This book uses the past fifty years of New Jersey history as a case study to illustrate just how much public policy decisions and other upstream factors can affect the health of a state’s citizens. It reveals how economic and racial disparities in healthcare were exacerbated by bad policies regarding everything from zoning to education to environmental regulation. The study further chronicles how New Jersey struggled to deal with public health crises like the AIDS epidemic and the crack epidemic. Yet it also explores how the state has developed some of the nation’s most innovative responses to public health challenges, then provides policy suggestions for how we might build an even healthier New Jersey. 
 
MICHAEL R. GREENBERG is distinguished professor emeritus at the Bloustein School, Rutgers University, where he has served as both associate dean and dean. He has written more than 35 books and more than 350 journal articles on the topics of environmental health and risk analysis and served as editor-in-chief of Risk Analysis
 
DONA SCHNEIDER is professor emeritus at the Bloustein School, Rutgers University, where she has served as associate dean, and as dean of the University College Community. A medical geographer and epidemiologist, she has written 9 books and over 100 journal articles, while also editing several journals. 
 
Product Details ISBN: 9781978832008
ISBN-10: 1978832001
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2023
Pages: 252
Language: English