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COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT (CHNA)


In February 2015, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, in partnership with Healthier Somerset, commissioned a community health needs assessment (CHNA) of Somerset County. In addition to reviewing existing data, researchers conducted telephone surveys, focus groups, and interviews with many county organizations.  These included cultural organizations, health care providers, law enforcement, government, education, business, and social service organizations.  

 

The CHNA confirms that Somerset County is overall a healthy community, with rates of disease that are often lower than the U.S., the state of New Jersey, and other New Jersey counties. However, mental health and substance abuse issues are key health concerns for the community.


Chronic disease prevention, through healthy eating and physical activity, was also raised as a priority need, and seniors were identified as a priority population for services and support.


Healthier Somerset is using the CHNA’s findings to draft the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and develop strategies to improve county health based upon the needs identified in this report. These needs include lack of affordable options for treatment for mental health and substance abuse; lack of education around healthy eating; the need to encourage physical activity among all residents, especially for youth not involved in organized sports; and the need for additional services for seniors, especially as the population ages.



Please click on the link to read the CHNA.