A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of Greater Waterbury was completed in 2013 with the help of Holleran, Inc. The assessment included: Secondary Statistical Data Profile of Waterbury, Connecticut and surrounding cities; Household Telephone Survey with 1,100 community residents; Focus Group Discussions with 24 health care providers and 33 community residents; Key Informant Interviews with 205 community leaders and partners; Prioritization Session; Hospital Implementation Plans; Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP); Community Forum to share results with over 150 in attendance. Below are the results.
The Waterbury priorities match the priorities of a majority of US communities – but it is important to note that Waterbury’s rates for Obesity and Tobacco Use are higher than both CT and US averages.
Health Assessment Results
Key Data Findings & Priorities
• 18% reported cost kept them from seeking treatment
• Overall lower rates of preventative screenings
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
• Nearly 40% reported at least one day of poor mental health in the last 30 days
• 66.1% were overweight or obese
• 35.5% were morbidly obese
• 50% reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime
• 50% reported smoking everyday