Preventative Health Care

Preventative health care practices are some of the best weapons against disease and a way to monitor conditions before they become too serious. Preventative health care measures include appropriate health screenings, immunizations and being aware of current lifestyle choices and how it affects health.


Cancer continues to be a problem for many Burlington County residents. Almost half of all Burlington County residents will be diagnosed with cancer over the course of their lifetime.

Prostate and breast cancer are the most common kinds of cancer in Burlington County. Prostate cancer among African American males is significantly higher than any other group in Burlington County. Early detection offers the best chance to reduce cancer deaths. Regular screening allows the detection of pre-cancerous conditions and cancer in its earliest stages, when treatment is most likely to be successful.

2010-2014 Cancer Incidence Rates*
Types of Cancer
United States
New Jersey
Burlington County
All Types of Cancer
443.6 478.4
Breast (female)
Lung and Bronchus
Melanoma of the Skin
Oral Cavity and Pharynx
*Age-Adjusted Rate Per 100,000 Population Source: National Cancer Institute

Burlington County residents said that cancer had the greatest impact on overall health in the community.


Immunization is among the most cost effective disease prevention strategies available to public health and preventive medicine. The widespread use of vaccines as part of routine preventive health care has led to dramatic reductions in morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib disease), hepatitis B, pneumococcal disease, varicella, and polio.
Doctor giving someone a shot
The good news is Burlington County is doing better than the rest of the State of New Jersey and the nation when is comes to getting the flu shot. However, there is room for improvement since less than half of the county residents are getting immunized against flu. During the 2015-2016 flu season, 45.4% of New Jersey residents were vaccinated. 

Goals & Objectives

  • Overall Goal: Increase preventive health care practices
  • Outcome Objectives / Indicators
    • Increase breast, colon, oral and prostate cancer screenings
    • Increase immunizations
    • Decrease the percentage of people who smoke cigarettes
    • Increase the percentage of smokers who attempt to quit for one day or longer
  • Impact Objectives
    • Improve compliance for recommended health screenings
    • Increase use of available smoke cessation programs
    • Reduce the availability of tobacco products to minors
Risk Factors
  • Availability of tobacco products to minors
  • Lack of education
  • Lack of knowledge of available quit smoking services
  • Lack of knowledge of screening services available
  • Lack of knowledge of the importance of preventive health practices
  • Minority group member, i.e., African American, Latino, etc.
  • Poverty, low income
  • Uninsured or under-insured
Potential Barriers
  • Cultural
  • Lack of Health Insurance
  • Lack of knowledge about resources
  • Language
  • Transportation
Don't get hooked on smoking poster

Strategies & Resources Available

Suggested Interventions

  • Increase educational / outreach efforts promoting preventative health care services
  • Increase educational / outreach efforts promoting free and low cost health screening
  • Increase educational / outreach efforts informing youth about the dangers of smoking
  • Promotion of various quit smoking services
  • Promotion of general directory services (such as 211)
  • Better marketing, mass media, billboards, county websites
  • More centralized locations of available services
  • Promotion of transportation
  • Increase convenient locations of medical services and transportation services
  • Promote chat lines on website for resource sharing
  • Get corporations to sponsor media campaigns and other suggested strategies
  • Increase health care provider compliance with recommended immunization guidelines
  • Increase retail compliance with tobacco laws by enforcing the tobacco age of sale program
  • Create Federally Qualified Health Care Centers or increase providers for uninsured / under-insured
  • Have a “Healthy Burlington County Week” to promote all of the services available
  • Increase promotion of smoke free campuses, facilities, grounds, etc.
  • Target special populations (i.e., mental health drug rehabs) for smoke cessation programs

Resources Available

  • Burlington County Cancer Coalition and surrounding county coalitions
  • Burlington County Cancer Education Early Detection (CEED) Program
  • Burlington County Health Department
  • Fox Chase Virtua Quit Center
  • New Jersey Quit Line
  • New Jersey Quit Net
  • Prevention Plus of Burlington County
  • Southern Jersey Family Medical Center

Quick Fact - Did You Know:

5.3% of middle schoolers and 16.0% of high schoolers reported they 'currently use' e-cigarettes.
(Source: 2016 U.S. Surgeon General Report)