Target Populations

The primary areas of focus and the target populations for the Community Benefits Plan are detailed below:

Primary Priorities

  • Residents managing behavioral health issues and substance use including depression, anxiety, co-occurring substance use disorders, and serious and persistent mental illness. This will include a focus on access to care issues, integration of behavioral health and primary care, preventive mental health and a particular emphasis on the geriatric population and their families/caregivers.
  • Community members at risk for developing cancer or being treated for cancer, with a focus on lung, colorectal, oral, head and neck, breast and skin cancers.
  • Residents at risk for developing cardiovascular disease or those experiencing health issues due to undiagnosed or poorly understood cardiovascular risks, including those at risk for developing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) or for suffering a stroke.
  • Men, women, and children with weight management issues, with specific focus on obesity prevention for adults and children.
  • Community members at risk for developing diabetes or with diabetes management issues.
  • Residents needing access to healthcare especially focused on uninsured or underserved residents of our core communities. This includes recruitment, education and training of nurses, physicians, other practitioners and community volunteers needed to care for these populations, as well as appropriate research to enhance access to health care and improve health services.
  • Vulnerable populations needing services; such as families with children/adolescents at risk due to poverty, isolation, language or cultural barriers, domestic violence, access to care issues, or lack of skills to navigate the health care system, lack of early prenatal care or those in need of developing parenting skills. This includes mother/infant programming and reproductive health.

Secondary Priorities

  • Residents impacted by Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
  • Men, women and children at risk for developing bone and joint injuries or disease, with a focus on injury prevention for all ages, specifically falls prevention, arthritis and osteoporosis prevention and detection and prevention of sports injuries- including head injury in youth.
  • Residents impacted by Respiratory Health issues such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • Residents impacted by Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence.
  • The community at-large to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, both natural and man-made, such as seasonal and pandemic flu or accidents involving large numbers of victims.

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