Community Health Assessment for Essex County, N.Y. Released

The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital, together with the Essex County Health Department and Adirondack Health, released results from the 2022 Community Health Assessment (CHA) including a three-year Community Health Improvement Plan for Essex County, N.Y. 

The three organizations served as lead partners in a collaborative effort to assess the health of the county’s population and target areas for improvement by looking at:

  • the community’s current health status, needs and issues;
  • contributing factors to health risks and outcomes; and
  • community resources and assets that can be mobilized to improve population health.

​Essex County Health Department Program Coordinator Andrea Whitmarsh, MPH, said “The Community Health Assessment helps us identify and prioritize the health challenges currently facing Essex County residents. The findings are from a two year process of collecting and analyzing data and consulting with stakeholders throughout the community and the region.”  

Darci Beiras, MD, Adirondack Health’s Chief Medical Officer, added, “The CHA is a powerful tool in that it helps health care providers and agencies collaborate on prevention programs and service interventions specifically designed to improve the overall health and wellbeing of all Essex County communities.” 

Accompanying the Community Health Assessment is the Community Health Improvement Plan which will guide community health initiative planning and funding priorities through 2024.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Julie Tromblee, MSN, said “The comprehensive CHA helps stakeholders in Essex County determine how and where resources should be allocated to best meet the needs of our community.”

The 2022-2024 Community Health Improvement Plan areas of focus include:

  • Prevent Chronic Disease
  • Promote Well Being and Prevent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • Promote Healthy Women, Infants and Children

​A downloadable PDF of the Community Health Assessment and Service Plan is available online at https://www.co.essex.ny.us/Health/community-health-assessment.