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.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
The goal of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse priority group is to improve access to quality mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services for all persons while reducing the associated stigma.
The priority group chose to work on two objectives:
- Increase awareness and utilization of existing mental health and substance base services among adolescents, young adults, and seniors.
- Increase the number of evidence-based educational programs in Mercer County that address mental health disorders and substance abuse among adolescents, young adults, and seniors.
They successfully organized the following outreaches and programs:
- Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Meetings, 9/18/17 and 5/23/18.
- Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, 10/6/17.
- Distributing Deterra Drug Activation System to safely dispose of unused medications.
- 24 Law Enforcement trainings throughout the year with 2000 participants
- 6 Naloxone trainings, April – October
- Medication Assisted Treatment Initiative, 50 participants
- Smoking Cessation programs at Homefront and Mercer County Administration building
- Counselors being trained in Tobacco Cessation program for program with Capital Health Alcohol and Substance Use Program
- Presented educational materials for senior groups at 5 area senior centers on 10/5/17.