NJ Department of Health meets with Life for Lyme in TRENTON >>

NJ Department of Health meets with Life for Lyme in TRENTON

Pictured from left to right are: Donna Leusner, Jackie Cornell, Dr. Tina Tan, Dawn Thomas, Kim Cervantes, Dr. Ed Lifshitz, Duvi Honig

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, a very important follow up meeting with the NJ Department of Health took place in the state capital of Trenton with Life for Lyme division of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce Health and Medical Alliance Division. The topic was on the medical challenges of Lyme Disease & other Vector Borne co-infections. Discussion included the immediate need to create awareness for this upcoming spring through educating teachers. A curriculum is actively being worked on. The commission members explained the different protocols that hospitals and doctors need to follow with Lyme disease and it was discussed how these protocols are problematic and need to be changed. Recommendations were made on making doctors aware of protocols that can work to save the lives of patients. The Life for Lyme members shared with the DOH commission the very tragic stories of patients' misdiagnoses due to untrained doctors and inaccurate testing. The commission understood that such issues can be prevented with the proper solutions. The Commissioner offered NJ DOH support for educational medical seminars and research into new testing. Another big issue discussed was insurance challenges that affect not only those with Lyme but those with other illnesses as well. The Commissioner was open to looking into solutions to the insurance problems. Life for Lyme is actively working with NJ congressman Chris Smith on a Federal Level to solve these issues as well. The commission offered to be actively leading the way to make changes to the necessary laws and regulations to better help the people of NJ.  


The meeting was setup in coordination with the NJ Department of Health Commissioner Shereef M. Elnahal MD, MBA  and Duvi Honig Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce after their very successful first meeting in the summer..


Participating in the meeting:

  • Donna Leusner, Communications Director, 
  • Jackie Cornell, Principal Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services, 
  • Dr. Tina Tan, State Epidemiologist/Assistant Commissioner, Division of 
  • Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, 
  • Dawn Thomas, Communications Deputy Director, 
  • Kim Cervantes, Vector Borne Disease Coordinator, 
  • Dr. Ed Lifshitz, Managing Physician, Division of Epi, Environ and Occupational. 
  • Duvi Honig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce together.