FOR RELEASE: 11/27/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Regional Collaborative Launches Community Health Assessment

The Primary Care Action Group (PCAG), a collaborative of area hospitals, community health centers, health departments and other organizations in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull, is undertaking a community health assessment to gain a better understanding of the health and health practices of area residents. Feedback from the survey will help guide future health planning in the region.

A student group from the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health is conducting the survey in person from now through Dec. 14. The survey can also be accessed online. In addition, interviews and focus groups with community leaders and stakeholders, arranged by local health departments and healthcare providers, will take place during the week of Dec. 7.

“Many people likely have strong ideas about the health issues facing them, their families and their communities,” said Bridgeport Director of Health and Social Services Kristin duBay Horton, who co-chairs the PCAG with Stratford Director of Health Andrea Boissevain. “Now is their chance to be heard.”

“The assessment is a starting point for identifying the area’s most pressing health issues and then developing or expanding programs and services to improve the overall health of community residents,” adds Boissevain. “We are seeking input from as many people as possible.”

Residents of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull may take the survey online at The survey should take only a few minutes to complete.

The PCAG focuses enhancing on access to healthcare services for the community. Members include Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Optimus Health Care, Southwest Community Health Center, the Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe and Easton Health Departments, AmeriCares, the Connecticut Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Greater Bridgeport Medical Association, Southwestern Area Health Education Center and Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition.

For more information about the survey, please contact:

Andrea Boissevain, Director of Health, Stratford, 203-385-4090

Sands Cleary, Director of Health, Fairfield, 203-256-3020

Kristin duBay Horton, Director of Health & Social Services, Bridgeport, 203-576-7680

Polly Edwards, Health Officer, Easton, 203-268-6291

Patrice Sulik, Director of Health, Trumbull/Monroe, 203-452-5195

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.