In 2013, a Bergen County Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Plan was completed through the support of the County's five nonprofit hospitals, Christian Health Care Center, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Holy Name Medical Center, and The Valley Hospital, in tandem with the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) of Bergen County and the Bergen County Department of Health Services (BCDHS).
After conducting extensive assessment to examine the health care needs and priorities of the residents of Bergen County, a Bergen County Community Health Improvement Plan was developed. The plan identified the four key priority areas for Bergen County to address in further improving the health and wellness of the community: (1) obesity, fitness, nutrition and chronic disease, (2) mental health and substance abuse, (3) access to care, and (4) elder health.
The Wellness for Bergen County Initiative is intimately tied to addressing these priority areas. In efforts to engage individuals, families and community partners in practicing holistic wellness, the Initiative pays strong attention to these priority areas – and the recommended strategies and objectives that coincide with them.