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Needs Assessment Survey To Begin in November

October 21, 2011
With a 10-minute phone call, you could help improve the health of Somerset County. 

The Healthier Somerset Coalition and Somerset Medical Center are conducting a community health needs assessment survey starting in early November to help identify key health issues in Somerset County and guide them in planning future health care initiatives.

Two-thousand Somerset County residents will be randomly selected to take part in the telephone survey, which will seek information about an individual’s medical history and lifestyle behaviors. Questions will cover topics such as exercise and physical activity habits, awareness of hypertension and cholesterol, diet and food choices, tobacco usage, cancer screenings and health insurance.
The surveys are anonymous and all information will remain confidential. Data will be compiled by Holleran, an independent research firm in Pennsylvania. If you have caller ID, the number for Holleran may show up as a 717 area code. 

“We encourage people who are contacted for this survey to answer the questions completely and honestly,” said Phyllis Kumpf, director of Somerset Medical Center’s Community Health Department. “Every opinion counts. This feedback is extremely valuable in helping us get a true picture of the health of Somerset County residents so that we can ensure our services are meeting their health care needs.” 

The medical center conducted a similar survey in 2001 and the county conducted a health assessment in 2006. Results from those surveys were used to develop or expand services such as health screenings, diabetes education, tobacco cessation programs and women’s health services.
For more information about the Somerset County community health needs assessment survey, call Phyllis Kumpf at (908) 595-2606.