Report title: Southcoast Health System Community Needs Assessment – 2013

Author(s): David Borges, Colleen Dawicki

Report date: September 2013

Sponsor: Southcoast Health System

Services: needs assessment, demographic analysis

Issue areas: health, environment, Gateway Cities

Summary & key findings: The Center for Policy Analysis worked with the Southcoast Health System to identify the priority health needs of the region by examining the demographic and socioeconomic profile of the population and by analyzing a number of health indicators and outcomes. Overall, Fall River and New Bedford continue to lag the region in most socioeconomic metrics, including lower levels of educational attainment, higher poverty levels, and higher unemployment, although many of the region’s towns also struggle with these issues, particularly in comparison to state averages. Residents also trail their counterparts statewide on many health metrics, particularly in terms of health outcomes.

Report link: Community_Needs_Assessment_2013