Boards of Health Association Launches Online Certification Program

Program is the first accredited online course for members of boards of health in the United States.

The NJ Local Boards of Health Association (NJLBHA) debuted their on-line Board of Health Member Certification Program at the joint meeting of the association and the NJ Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO) at the PNC Bank Arts Center on April 19.  This program is the first accredited on-line course for members of boards of health in the United States.
“The NJLBHA recognized the need to train board of health members to understand the roles and responsibility of a board of health.  The association maintains a manual with this information and has hosted classes, but we determined we were not reaching enough people.  So we decided to develop an on-line certification program,” said John Saccenti, President of the NJLBHA.  
“From my experience as a mayor I know how important the board of health is to the health and safety of a community,” declared Senator Kip Bateman, who attended the event.  “I appreciate the work of the NJ Local Boards of Health Association in developing this course.”
Assemblywoman Donna Simon, who also attended the event said, “I don’t think the community is aware of the extent of the work of a local board of health.  This course is both cutting edge and time efficient.  I endorse it.”
“As a member of South Brunswick’s Board of Health, I recognize the need for this training.  On-line learning is the future of training for adults who often do not have the time to travel to classes.  This course makes it very convenient for board of health members to become certified,” said John O’Sullivan who as a councilman servers on the South Brunswick Board of Health.   
The course will be accessible through the NJLBHA’s web site.  It consists of a series of modules which address the core functions of a Board of Health, the relationships between the Board and its governing body and the health officers, legal regulations pertaining to a board of health and board members responsibilities.
Mr. Saccenti expressed the NJLBHA’s gratitude to the NJACCHO with provided a grant in cooperation with the NJ Department of Health to enable them to develop this program.
The NJ Local Boards of Health Association represents the over 400 local boards of health in the state, each of which is responsible for developing public health policy in their community. The Association assists Boards of Health to communicate with each other, and to obtain training to improve their ability to lead their communities toward improved health. 
The NJ Association of County and City Health Officials is an association of public health officers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to public health, sanitary and environmental sciences, to the consideration of public health problems and to the improvement in public health administration in New Jersey. 

Just me May 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Interesting read considering the South Brunswick Health Department was almost closed a few years back for refusing to do their job in protecting public health. Took the state to step in to force them to do their job! Hopefully they've all completed this course now and have learned that nuisance abatement is their job.
Winston May 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Gee...what a shock! SB Township officials not doing their job! Probably to busy making up patronage jobs, thinking up ways to increase fees and taxes and having lunch and dinner with their, as the Star Ledger claims, pay to play political donors.
John Saccenti May 06, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I am not sure what the previous comments were about but the South Brunswick Health Dept. is recognized as one of the best in the state and has never been in jeopardy of closing for not doing its job. Whoever you are that is spreading that malicious nonsense should be ashamed for speaking with knowing the truth. The training program is statewide and designed to assist the members of the over 400 Boards of Health do an even better job. I would be happy to meet with "Winston" and " Just me" above to educate them about the great helath department we have in South Brunswick. John Saccenti, Chair South Brunswick Advisory Board of Health. Call me at 732 297 5573
Winston May 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Winston 3:54 pm on Sunday, May 6, 2012 It costs about $398,000 to have our own Health Department....how many political friends and family work there? A perfect opportunity to consolidate and or outsource to another town. John did you ever get paid as a board member or does the township pay you as a consultant or trainer? Reply
Joe R May 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Winston and Just me don't need facts and actual information when they can so easily pull things out of their orifices that coincide with their ideologies. It would be nice if W and Jm would back up their outrageous claims and assertions with actual facts not just the usual hot air and rumors. John Saccenti had the courtesy to supply his phone number, the two accusers should call him and give him a fair hearing instead of smearing people.
Winston May 06, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Comrade...what outrageous claims have I a made? SB politicians taking care of their own...is outrageous? LOL...Comrade I can always count on you for a good laugh!
John Saccenti May 06, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Dear Winston. I would be happy to reply to your insulting innuendo. First Advisory Board Members are volunteers and paid Nothing . The governing body that serves a board of health are paid by statute $2 a meeting when they are in session as a Board of Health for a total of 12 dollars a year. Your suggestions that the staff of professional in the health department are politically connected cronies is truly disgusting , insulting and pitiable. Thsy are professionals who are dedicated and overworked. Stop hiding behind a phony name. iI you believe your own nonsense do not hide behind a psedonyn like a coward.. I will publicly debate you at any time and show you facts. John Saccenti
Winston May 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Oh John....me thinks thou protesteth too much! problem with SB Dems and Repubs....the whole system is based on their connections and playing their insider political game and they waste our time denying it. Why did you not answer my question...has SB ever paid you or your firm for consulting and/or training?
Winston May 07, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I rest my case.....
Lawrence May 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Winston, in many instances there are cases of nepotism and cronyism in local governments that do not hire via civil service, and there is some of that here in SB, but I can assure you that SBHD is not involved. I know their staff and their just regular people doing an exceptional job with very limited resources.
Lawrence May 07, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Darn autocorrect. I meant to say "they're just regular people ..."
Winston May 07, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Lawrence...hmm. We have a Board Member who may also be a vendor (not sure because he won't answer my question) who may also be receiving contracts due to political connections and relationships. In the private sector this is no longer acceptable. Ever since Sarbanes-Oxley public companies are no longer allowed due to conflicts of interests. I am sure this is all legal and ethical (in NJ politics ethics is a relative term.) The rank and file I agree ...they are just hard working folks. However, SB politics, both Dems and Repubs, are as smelly as anywhere in NJ!
Joe R May 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Hmmm, Winston, you forgot to ask if John S. beats his wife, kicks puppies, spits on the flag and passes gas in elevators. In essence, you are accusing him of something based on no evidence, just on assumptions, your unique assumptions. We veteran commenters on the Patch know all about your assumptions. When Winston assumes something why it's just as good and valid as Judge Judy's adjudications (sarcasm alert). By the way, I have no problem with vigorous scrutiny of local, municipal, county, state and federal governments. Government should be held to account but that does not justify being a mindless, robotic, rabid attack dog. It's OK to be a strong critic of government but you should be responsible and fact based. Constant demonizing, smearing and vilifying of government can be just as bad as apathy.
Winston May 08, 2012 at 02:51 AM
JoeR...why the personal attacks? All I did was question the ethics of a system that potentially allows a public board member...who is supposed to provide the non biased stewardship of my tax dollars and look out for our towns well being...to get paid tax dollars for consulting and or training from the organization they are providing so-called non-biased advice and leadership. I am just posing the question. I am not accusing anyone. However, for some reason John will not answer my simple question... Has he ever been paid consulting or training fees from SB?
Winston May 09, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Gee...still no answer to my question. John what's up? Why can't you show us the facts? Have you ever been paid consulting or training fees from SB while you were on the SB Health Board?
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 02:22 AM
What part of "First Advisory Board Members are volunteers and paid Nothing" did you not understand? English your second language? Take an ESL class and get a job, or get the hell out of our country winston.
Winston May 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM
William Kramer....if you read my post...I know I used a lot of multisylabic words and omitted pictures so I can understand why you had difficulty understanding. Let me repost... John is an advisor to the township....i simply asked the question, has he or his company been paid consulting or training fees from SB while sitting on the SB Health Board?
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Winnie, Here is your original question: "John did you ever get paid as a board member or does the township pay you as a consultant or trainer?" It was a question that was answered in a post in which you were invited to call with follow up questions. Please don't' blame your inability to comprehend and understand someone elses post on the writer. In fact, your inability to fully understand the posts of others and to even clearly remember your own is what prompted my question, which you seem unable or unwilling to answer. Will you answer the question truthfully? Doubtful. If you want I can type slower, maybe you will understand what I'm talking about then.
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Still no answer, huh Winnie? That's OK. English is hard for people like you. We understand.
Winston May 14, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Kramer your posts are somewhat racist..not sure where your anger is coming from. My point..if you would read them is simple...has this board member ever been paid as a vendor to the township? If so in my opinion, they may have an inherent conflict of interest...advising for free while billing for trainer or consulting services the same organization he advising. This is not allowed in the real world..ie non government. Why does he refuse to answer my question?
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Hey everyone, Watson called me a name, refused to answer my question, deliberatley missed the point again, took on an indignant tone and cried racism, and he did it all without a shred of self-awareness. I think that's BINGO in the world of Internet Debating. Sigh.
Winston May 14, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Sad how some people believe they are intelligent and witty when they are nothing but a fool and moron. Sighhhhhhhh....
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
That's very big of you to admit. I think we all appreciate your candidness.
Winston May 14, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Like I posted William... Sad how some people believe they are intelligent and witty when they are nothing but a fool and moron. Sighhhhhhhh.... Don't ya get Billy Boy?
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 08:34 PM
That's very big of you to admit. I think we all appreciate your candidness.
Winston May 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Bill....why are in favor of insider deals and conflicts of interests in SB governmnt? Don't you care about transparency and accountability?
william kramer May 14, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Nice try big guy. So, rather than answer my earlier question directly you have instead chosen to answer by example. English is indeed your second language. The only other explanation is that you are being intentionally obtuse or you are reading a different thread. I like to think you are smarter than that. Tell me Winnie, which is it?
Winston May 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Sniff...sniff....gee I think I stepped in some dog poop...something or somebody stinks on this thread.


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