Community Health Assessment : Cliffside Park

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Community Health Assessment: Cliffside Park The town that I currently reside in is Cliffside Park in the state of New Jersey. Cliffside Park is located in Bergen County, which happens to be the most populated county in New Jersey. “The population of Cliffside Park in 2013 was 25,209. As of the year 2000, the population has increased by 9.6%. The town consists of 52.8% females (13,307) and 47.2% male (11,902.)” (City-data.com n.d.) Something interesting that I found was the median age of the residents of my town. “The median resident age is 43.1 years old.” (City-data.com n.d.) This number is higher than the median age of residents living in all of New Jersey, which is 39.4 years old. While the Cliffside Park website states that…show more content…
While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact health problems facing my town, reckless driving and accidents can certainly top the list. About a year ago, a woman in my town struck two Cliffside Park Special Police Officers. While one of the officers was released from the hospital after being treated the other officer, Stephen Petruzzello, sadly passed away due to the accident. “Police have cited the driver of an SUV that struck two Cliffside Park Special Police Officers with failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to wear a seat belt, careless driving and reckless driving, authorities said.” (Myles Ma 2014) The woman stated that the two men were not wearing their reflector vests at the time, which is a huge health and safety concern. Another concern that has been plaguing my town is the use and distribution of various types of illegal drugs. Just last year, a teacher from my high school was arrested after being caught with various drugs. This caught me by surprise because he was someone I often saw when walking around the hallways of my high school. “As stated in a press release set forth by the borough Tuesday, Fogarty has been charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) prescription pills; possession CDS heroin (valued under $400); possession of hypodermic needles; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has been released on $10,000 bail.” (Rosenfield 2014) While
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