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HISTORY OF HEALTHIER SOMERSET


Since 2010, Healthier Somerset has been working to identify health needs in the community and to create collaborative partnerships that will improve the physical and mental health of everyone who lives and works in Somerset County. Somerset Medical Center (now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset) supported the initial research on community health needs and convened the meetings that led to the creation of Healthier Somerset.


In 2011, Healthier Somerset began a community health needs assessment. The findings were presented in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Study.  In May 2012, Healthier Somerset convened a planning session focused on prioritizing the key health opportunities for Somerset County. This meeting led to the development of the 2012-2015 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).


In 2015, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, in partnership with Healthier Somerset, commissioned a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of Somerset County. The data collected led to the development of the 2016-2019 CHIP.  The CHIP is the defining document for information on Somerset County’s most pressing health issues and the plan used by the hospital and Somerset County public health officials to address these issues.


The current CHIP (2016-2019) is available here.  





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