New Jersey Health Initiatives: Collaborating for Community Needs Assessment--Palisades Medical Center

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.The Palisades Medical Center Community Needs Assessment Project will be a comprehensive initiative to identify, analyze, and address the health care needs of eight municipalities in northern Hudson and southern Bergen counties, New Jersey. 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care 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.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,000.00

Awarded on: 9/1/2011

Time frame: 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2013

Grant Number: 69319


Palisades General Hospital, Inc. d/b/a Palisades Medical Center

7600 River Road
North Bergen, 07047-3934


Gary W. Mignone
Project Director