​Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership

St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center is committed to improving the health and the quality of life of the residents of our community.  To obtain that goal, we have joined forces with area hospitals and health departments to form the Greater Mercer Public Health Partnership (GMPHP), a collaborative effort whose mission is to measurably improve the health of residents of Mercer County.  The partnership includes Capital Health-Hopewell, Princeton HealthCare System, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital-Hamilton, St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, and nine local health departments representing all thirteen municipalities in Mercer County.

The partnership received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives to develop:

  1. A community health assessment (CHA) to identify the health-related needs and strengths of greater Mercer County.
  2. A community health improvement plan (CHIP) to determine major health priorities, overarching goals and specific objectives and strategies that can be implemented in a coordinated way across the County.

The four priority areas identified in the CHIP are:

Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Healthy Eating and Active Living
Chronic Disease
Transportation and the Built Environment

In response to the community concern about chronic disease, the first GMPHP event “Diabetes Awareness Day” was held on November 6, 2013 at five locations, and included information about diabetes, nutrition and exercise and a free blood glucose screening.   We had a good response and were able to reach a broad range of individuals in the greater Mercer County area.