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Peri L. Nearon, MPA


Director, External Affairs & Strategic Iniatives for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
Division of Family Health Services
New Jersey Departmenet of Health


Peri L. Nearon is newly appointed as the Director of External Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the NJ Department of Health. Under her leadership, the Department coordinates ShapingNJ, a public-private partnership of more than 230 organizations working together to address the obesity epidemic by promoting healthy communities through improved nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity throughout the State.
Ms. Nearon’s state service began in the Department of Human Services in 1986, and has included planning, policy and program implementation for children, adolescents, elderly and disabled populations.  In 1996 she joined the Department of Health as the Administrator of the Statewide Respite Care Program, and was later appointed as the first Director of the Office on Women’s Health, where she served for five years leading and coordinating women’s health services for the State of New Jersey.
Ms. Nearon has an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in women’s studies, a graduate degree in public administration and nearly 30 years of experience with state government.