Toward a Healthier Garden State: Beyond Cancer Clusters and COVID (Hardcover)
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.
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.
“Toward a Healthier Garden State is a wonderful resource for decision makers and educators, and an entertaining read for everyone who loves the Garden State. This book should be required reading for all elected and appointed officials throughout the state–a truly unique read.”
— Thomas A. Burke