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Winthrop-University Hospital: Committed to Addressing Public Health Needs of the Community

As a non-profit organization, Winthrop has a responsibility to give back to the community. Historically, the Hospital has a strong record of providing free community health education seminars and classes, participating in local fairs, providing its experts to speak on a variety of topics for local organizations and more.

A recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) that Winthrop completed in accordance with President Obama's Affordable Care Act helped to identify two public health priorities: healthy weight and nutrition (aimed at reducing obesity), and the prevention and management of chronic disease. These priorities will be addressed and are explained in the Hospital's Community Service Plan, mandated by the New York State Department of Health.

The evidence is compelling: obesity and overweight are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States and may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death. Obesity is a significant risk factor for many chronic diseases and conditions, including type-2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Increasingly, these conditions are being seen in children and adolescents.

Chronic diseases are also among the most preventable. Three modifiable risk behaviors – lack of physical activity, unhealthy nutrition and tobacco use – are largely responsible for the incidence, severity and adverse outcomes of chronic disease.

In addition to these priorities, Winthrop identified additional significant needs in its CHNA: adverse perinatal outcomes in Nassau County, unintentional injuries (the rate of falls among seniors) and oral care – specifically, its relationship to the prevention of disease. The Hospital has also developed an Implementation Plan to address all significant public health needs identified in the CHNA.

As such, Winthrop will continue to raise awareness about these important health issues and more through various community outreach initiatives. The following page includes information about our upcoming spring seminars, several of which are directly related to these health priorities. Additional outreach efforts will be made in partnership with communitybased organizations.

To learn more about the Hospital's CHNA or Community Service Plan, visit www.winthrop.org.

Vol. 24, No. 1
Spring 2014

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