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UMatter Schenectady releases findings of health study

Posted at: 10/28/2013 11:30 AM
Updated at: 10/28/2013 5:45 PM
By: Jessica Riley

Health study identifies key issues facing Schenectady
Health study identifies key issues facing Schenectady
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SCHENECTADY – Smoking, teen pregnancy and obesity are among the top health problems facing Schenectady.

A community health needs assessment was released Monday by UMatter Schenectady.

The group visited Schenectady’s neighborhoods starting in February.

They conducted more than 2,200 surveys to gather information on health issues facing the community.

The results pinpointed five main health priorities: Asthma and smoking, Diabetes and obesity, mental health and substance abuse, adolescent pregnancy and improperly using the Emergency Department.

The next step is holding regular meetings with the Schenectady Coalition for a Healthy Community to address the health priorities identified.

The full assessment will be available for public download on November 16 on the County Public Health Services website.