RENEE BASKERVILLE

By LINDA MOSS
moss@montclairlocal.news

Governor-elect Phil Murphy has named Fourth Ward Councilwoman Renee Baskerviile to serve on his transition team regarding health care, the township said Monday.

During the course of the next two months Baskerville, a physician, will participate in making recommendations on healthcare-policy issues and initiatives as the new administration prepares to take office.

She is one of about 50 people on Murphy’s transition team regarding health care.

“I am privileged and humbled to have been asked by Governor-elect Murphy to serve on the Health Committee of his transition team,” Baskerville said in a statement. “I am honored to join such an august body of colleagues.”

“I possess three decades of service as a physician, healer, education and wellness advocate and policy shaper at the local, state and federal levels,” she said.

“I am eager to bring to this privileged service, my passion, experiences in providing medical services to infants, children, adolescents and families throughout Essex County, and policy shaping from the vantage of a community activist, school board member, city councilor, state health and wellness policy advocate, and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust for two decades.”

In a press release, Baskerville said that her goal is to “build on the good things going on in our state, such as, school boards increasingly moving toward integrating school-based health care and wellness centers, rethinking the quality of the food in cafeterias and vending machines, the amount of exercise students are getting, and to enhance these initiatives using promising practices from across the state and the nation.”

Added Baskerville, “I want to ensure that in the state of New Jersey every child has what the Children’s Defense Fund has defined as, ‘a healthy start, head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life.’”