An Assessment of Community Needs in Suffolk County, NY - A Step toward Better Aligning Community Needs, Health and Human Services Safety Net, and Available Resources

In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, CGR was engaged by the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island in 2013 to conduct a community needs assessment. The need for such an assessment had emerged in early 2012 and became clear as the members of the Health and Welfare Council worked together to assist Long Islanders impacted by the storm. They recognized that the needs of the region’s most vulnerable residents and the demands for services were changing and that the traditional approaches to addressing those needs also needed to change. The assessment encompassed data collection and analysis for 94 indicators as well as interviews and focus groups with leaders and stakeholders with particular focus on 8 areas: Housing; Crime; Jobs/Employment/Economy; Health & Welfare/Mental Health/Substance Abuse; Food; Transportation; Education; and Child Care.

Report Date: Mar 2014
Author(s): Donald Pryor , Erika Rosenberg
Subject(s): Health , Human Services , Census Data Interpretation
Location: Suffolk, New York