The PMC Community Needs Assessment Project is comprehensive initiative to identify, analyze, and address the healthcare needs of eight municipalities in northern Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The project will benefit from the partnership of North Hudson Community Action Corp., the Hudson Regional Health Commission, and the municipal health departments of North Bergen, West New York, Union City, Guttenberg, Weehawken, and Cliffside Park. The healthcare issues prevalent in the project’s planning area are impacted by a number of social and cultural factors. The area is urban, low-income, and largely Hispanic. More than half the area’s population is foreign-born, and more than one in three residents have limited English language proficiency. The scope of the project will include a thorough assessment of the area’s healthcare profile, including a review of public health data, summary patient information from care providers, and new data obtained by means of focus groups and a community needs assessment survey. From this analysis, and with additional input from a series of public forums, the project partners will develop a Community Needs Assessment. This assessment will include at least five action items. The action items will constitute specific plans to address the prevailing healthcare concerns in the community. The partners will review lessons learned, and will participate in a second series of public forums to obtain community input. This process will conclude with revisions and improvements to the action item plans, and the publication of a final Community Needs Assessment and Collaborative Health Improvement Plan.
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