Date of Presentation

5-6-2021 12:00 AM

College

School of Osteopathic Medicine

Poster Abstract

New Jersey’s Cumberland County is home to a vastly diverse population of people, comprised of numerous racial, ethnic, economic, health, and educational backgrounds among its nearly 150,000 residents. Per U.S. Census data, about 15% of the population is below the poverty line, including about 20% of those below the age of 18. With economic hardship often come health problems and disparities, and Cumberland County’s rates of obesity, tobacco use, lung cancer, and drug-induced deaths are all above the national averages.

Notable student survey findings:

• 67 students reported a friend had shared thoughts of depression with them in the last year, yet only 37% passed this information on to an adult.

• 40 students reported a friend had shared thoughts of suicide in the last year, but only 47% alerted an adult.

• Less than half of respondents indicated a primary care provider asked them about thoughts of depression or suicide within the last year.

Keywords

public health, adolescent health, poverty, New Jersey, mental health

Disciplines

Community Health | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Communication | Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

Document Type

Poster

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New Jersey’s Cumberland County is home to a vastly diverse population of people, comprised of numerous racial, ethnic, economic, health, and educational backgrounds among its nearly 150,000 residents. Per U.S. Census data, about 15% of the population is below the poverty line, including about 20% of those below the age of 18. With economic hardship often come health problems and disparities, and Cumberland County’s rates of obesity, tobacco use, lung cancer, and drug-induced deaths are all above the national averages.

Notable student survey findings:

• 67 students reported a friend had shared thoughts of depression with them in the last year, yet only 37% passed this information on to an adult.

• 40 students reported a friend had shared thoughts of suicide in the last year, but only 47% alerted an adult.

• Less than half of respondents indicated a primary care provider asked them about thoughts of depression or suicide within the last year.

 

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