Monday, May 9, 2016

MARION, Pa. – Just like the adage that it “takes a village to raise a child,” it takes the collective effort of numerous organizations and people to improve the overall health of a community.

Summit Health and Healthy Franklin County recently completed a county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment to evaluate the health and healthcare needs of Franklin County residents. This was completed by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College in conjunction with the Healthy Franklin County leadership group.

A community event to include findings from this assessment and details on healthy community planning will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, 24 Kauffman Road East, at the intersection of Kauffman Road and Route 11 South. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m.

The assessment identifies gaps, strengths and opportunities to better fulfill the health needs of the community. Information from the needs assessment will help guide the implementation of health-related programs and initiatives over the next few years.

“After we reviewed findings from the 2012 assessment, our partnership found county residents had a number of critical needs, including nutrition, mental health, access to healthcare and education,” explained Barbara Rossini, vice president of community relations at Summit Health. “From that information, we created specific task forces to guide initiatives to help answer those needs.”

The forum will start with a presentation of CHNA findings by Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College.

Mark Fenton, one of the country’s leading experts on healthy community design, will help connect the triple aim of healthy community planning and design – economic vibrancy, environmental sustainability and public health – with his presentation “Creating Healthy Communities with Stickier Designs.”

Lunch is provided and an afternoon session will include workshops.

Registration is required by June 2. To register, call (717) 262-4472 or click here.