The Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership completed the first Community Health Assessment (CHA) in 2012. It was developed using the key findings from collected survey data, multiple focus groups, and the secondary data available from several sources. The second CHA completed in 2015, used a streamlined data collection process, and the results confirmed the 2012 priority areas, goals and objectives. The four priority areas are 1) Mental Health and Substance Abuse, 2) Healthy Eating and Active Living, 3) Chronic Disease, and 4) Transportation and Access to Care.

2018 Chronic Disease Update

The goal of the chronic disease work group is to prevent and reduce chronic disease incidence and morbidity (e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma. The priority group chose the following objectives:

  1. Increase the number of venues that provide access to information about the continuum of chronic disease services (i.e. prevention, treatment, maintenance) especially for those in areas of greatest disparity.
  2. Work with community organizations to disseminate information about chronic disease through access to our website.
  3. Research or use existing evidence-based programs with local healthcare professionals and agencies to offer programs for specific underserved target populations/audiences.

Working together, the Community Advisory Board members were able to collaborate with the various Health Departments, Senior Centers, and non-profits to offer the following programs and initiatives in 2017-18:

  1. Heart Health: American Heart Association’s (AHA) Check, Change, Control Distribution to Mercer Co. Public Health Departments. Princeton Health Department started the program with their police department.
  2. Blood Pressure Program: West Windsor Township and Princeton Public Health Departments expanded BP outreach to hard-to-reach populations in local libraries and soup kitchens. All of our hospital partners continue to do blood pressure outreaches at community events in all areas of Mercer County.
  3. Cancer Self-Management Programs with Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Mercer County, Hunterdon/Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition, Hamilton Area YMCA, Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton, and Healthcare Quality Strategies Inc.
  4. Cancer Screenings Events with Mercer Cancer Education & Early Detection Program, Princeton Public Health Department, Robbinsville Public Health Department and local churches.
  5. Hamilton Area YMCA THRIVE Programs in West Windsor Twp. and Robbinsville Twp.
  6. Distributed educational placemats to all the Senior Center nutrition programs. The placemats taught medication adherence, fall prevention, nutrition, tobacco cessation, influenza, hearing, stroke, physical activity, depression awareness, Alzheimer symptoms, hydration, and emergency preparedness.
  7. ACT! Program: Hamilton Area YMCA, scholarships by Hunterdon/Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition.
  8. Plan to distribute AHA Medication Adherence Factsheet to target areas.
  9. Plan food pantry resources for healthier donations from AHA with Spanish translation by The Family Resource Network.

CLICK HERE to see details of our action plan