Community Health Assessment Targets Obesity, Chronic Disease, Substance Abuse

MAYVILLE – On Tuesday, a comprehensive assessment was released regarding Chautauqua County’s overall health and social conditions.

Additionally, an improvement plan was developed in order to set goals for a healthier future.

In conjunction with the New York State Department of Health’s Prevention Agenda, the Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services, Brooks Memorial Hospital, TLC Health Network, WCA Hospital and Westfield Memorial Hospital collaborated to complete the Community Health Assessment, hospital Community Service Plans and the Community Health Improvement Plan for 2014-17.

Christine Schuyler, director of Health and Human Services, said the review identified new public health issues within the community in addition to those which already exist, such as obesity and chronic disease.

“Poor maternal child health indicators such as low birth weight babies and babies with positive drug screens at birth now demonstrate the need to better address this area,” Schuyler said. “The growing problems of mental health and substance abuse are new areas where we in public health plan to become more involved.”

The Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan that were submitted to the NYSDOH on Nov. 15 are now available to the public through the CCDHHS website: www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/departments/HHS/Pages/default.aspx.

In order to gauge the community’s perceived health priorities, assets and needs, a planning team thoroughly examined public input through web-based and paper surveys and three community conversations. The team also studied secondary health data provided by the New York State Department Of Health and selected health disparities to focus on along with collaborative interventions.

For a complete report on the health assessment, see Wednesday’s edition of The Post-Journal.