Health & Wellness

Springfield Health Board Receives Proposed Form of Resident Health Survey

Dr. Lisa Stettner-Glennon, Sandra Harris, Dr. Leonard Bielory, April Forys, Margaret Bandrowski. Absent: Melissa Rodriguez. Dr. Deborah Sobel. Credits: Robert Kopacz
Health Board Attorney Michael, Montanari, Nurse Marlene Dolan, Health Inspector Ben Samara, and Health Officer Michael Fitzpatrick Credits: Robert Kopacz
Front page of Bloomfield’s Community Health Assessment Survey, offered as a model for Springfield’s survey. Credits: Robert Kopacz

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield, NJ Board of Health received a first model of a community health assessment survey, as part of an initiative to assess the health needs of the Township, at its June 13, 2018 meeting.

Health officer Michael Fitzpatrick presented a community health assessment survey prepared and implemented for the Township of Bloomfield, which he proffered to the board as a model for a Springfield community health assessment survey.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is also the health officer for Bloomfield and provides services to Springfield through a shared services agreement with Madison.

Sign Up for E-News

Fitzpatrick noted that the form would be included as part of the shared services agreement, requiring Springfield only to modify the form to meet the its needs.

In response to a question on implementation from Board Chair Dr. Leonard Bielory, Fitzpatrick noted that the survey in Bloomfield was implemented in person, and through meeting with various groups.

“This is a great start, noted Bielory of the 32-page form. “The entire board needs to review it.”

Bielory noted that one of the tasks ahead of the board was determining how to implement the survey, whether through faith-based organizations, or directly to households.

Bielory also suggested a web-based form open and accessible to the public.

“The critical need that I see is children. Especially with mental health, and gun shootings, I think that this should be an imperative at this point in time,” Bielory emphasized, alluding to the recent rash of school shootings in the country.

Various board members, in response to a question by Dr. Bielory, recommended that the Bloomfield form should be reviewed by the supervisor of the school nurses, as well as all Township department heads, including police, fire and EMT.

The next tasks before the Board will be to revise the form to meet Springfield’s specific needs, and decide on implementation.

In highlights from other reports to the Board:

●     The Senior Registered Environmental Health Specialist Ben Samara noted that all seven pools operating in Springfield had passed inspection and are operational.

●     Township Nurse Marlene Dolan reported on a new Ebola vaccine that is now being utilized in the Democratic Republic of Congo which she described as being “very effective.” The vaccine must be stored at minus 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates special challenges for delivery.

●     Dolan also noted that there were 172 pediatric deaths reported nationwide from the last flu season. That number was higher than the 2012-2013 season, which was had a high death rate.

●     She finally reported that a nasal spray vaccine for the flu will be used next season, but authorities are not making a preferential recommendation for its use.

The board further cancelled the executive session for the evening and voted to not meet in August. The next meeting of the Board of Health will be on July 11, 2018, at the Springfield Firehouse. is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

Download the TAPinto App!  Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Rahway Mayor Giacobbe to Attend Grand Opening of First Wawa Store in Rahway; Free Coffee Offered Through July 16

July 12, 2018

RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway Mayor Raymond A. Giacobbe will be on hand to cut the ribbon at 10 a.m. Thursday. July 12, for the new Wawa store's grand opening at 280 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway.

The 24-hour Wawa store will officially open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, with the grand opening ceremonies to follow. Free coffee will be offered at the store through July 16. Wally Goose, the ...

Promises Made, Promises Kept

July 13, 2018

It has been an exciting six months since I became Springfield’s newest Committeeman. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve our community. You trusted me to take on the most important issues and provide solutions that work for all Springfield residents. I am working hard to do that.

I ran for office because residents were tired of our municipal government making decisions ...

Woman Struck by Car in Bridgewater Mall Parking Lot Dies

July 12, 2018

Bridgewater, NJ - A Bedminster woman has died from her injuries after she was struck by a car in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Commons Mall Monday.

Marion Kelley, 62, was struck by a vehicle while walking in lot four near the Macy's merchandise pick up area at around 3:20 p.m. Monday.

The 2017 Mazda was driven by Chinmayi Parikh, 33, of Piscataway.

The crash is still being ...

Prisoner Re-Entry Program Thriving In Union County

July 17, 2018

In the movement to reform national policies on incarceration, Union County is providing a valuable model for success. The local Reconnections prisoner re-entry program, funded in part by the Freeholder Board, has helped hundreds of formerly incarcerated individuals adjust back to life in the community.

Reconnections provides guidance and resources to help clients navigate housing, job ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, July 23, 7:45 AM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Monday Morning Yoga

Health & Wellness

Wed, July 25, 6:00 PM

JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

The JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Meet the Coaches ...


Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment