The foundation regularly reviews health data and engages local task forces to inform our work. Through the years, these groups have assisted us in publishing a series of reports that have shaped our strategic approach to community investments and initiatives.
Data plays a vital role in our ability to monitor and understand the health of our region. We regularly rely on the annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps to assess local health outcomes. These reports make it easy to examine changes in health risk behaviors, access to clinical care, quality of life and a range of other important factors. Our Cumberland County Health Trends Report and Perry County Health Trends Report summarize over 50 health indicators that span from 2012 to 2021. Through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, new County Health Rankings are released every spring.
In 2014, we joined with the Perry County Health Coalition to commission a health market analysis that assesses leading factors influencing health conditions in Perry County. Led by a research team from Dickinson College and Shippensburg University, the health market analysis includes a survey of 547 community residents and 27 health professionals, interviews and focus groups, as well as geographic mapping of health needs and services. The Executive Summary- Perry Health Market Analysis offers a host of practical steps to improve the availability of health services in Perry County.
Our Safe Routes to School series presents action strategies to guide three neighborhood elementary schools in pioneering school walking initiatives. Through the work of a Behavioral Health Task Force, our Opportunities and Challenges report takes a hard look at mental illness and substance abuse issues facing our region. In 2006, the foundation commissioned a study by the Clean Air Council that documents critical air quality problems in our region and presents strategies for improvement.
The foundation’s earliest reports in 2002 featured a Community Health Status Assessment that measured local population health and a Health System Improvement study that made recommendations for building a stronger continuum of health services in our region. A 2003 report by the foundation’s Prevention & Education Task Force outlined a comprehensive approach to health promotion and the prevention of five leading chronic diseases afflicting our region.
If you would like copies of these reports, please contact our office at 717.960.9009.