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2012 Community Needs Assessment

Community Health Needs Assessments for York & Adams Counties

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Every three years, the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College performs a comprehensive community health assessment on behalf of Healthy York County Coalition, Healthy Adams County Coalition  and key community partners. This three-part study includes a telephone survey of hundreds of community residents to identify their current health status and behaviors that may impact their health. Additionally, the coalitions analyze regional health-related data and conduct in-person interviews with community residents and key stakeholders. 

The most recent survey occurred in 2012. Here are a few of the notable observations and findings detailed in the 2012 Community Health Assessment

  • Our region is growing and getting older.
  • Area residents are spending more time commuting to work compared to 10 years ago.
  • Poverty rates are rising in Adams and York counties. The rates are most pronounced in York City where 37 percent of residents live in poverty;
  • Adams and York counties have significant numbers of overweight or obese individuals combined with a high majority of people who have low rates of regular exercise.
  • Only three to four percent of area residents are eat three servings of vegetables a day.
  • One in five residents has been diagnosed with a depressive or anxiety disorder.
  • Health disparities data show that poverty and age are significantly associated with differential outcomes related to access, health conditions and prevention behaviors.

Lancaster County Health Needs Assessment

As member of Live Well Lancaster, a coalition comprised of more than 25 mostly non-profit health & human service organizations, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital is an active participant in the county-wide community needs assessment process.  The partnership meets regularly to discuss Lancaster County's most pressing health issues and sponsors a new health risk assessment assessment every three years.

A sub-group of Live Well Lancaster plans the annual Lancaster Health Summit. The health summit is a community forum to educate, share ideas, communicate data and results to key constituents. The summit is a collaborative effort with the Lancaster County Business Group on Health and draws more than 300 participants.

Actively participating in these groups and other similar coalitions and collaborative efforts
within the county has afforded WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital greater insight into the community’s health status. This engagement has been beneficial as the hospital moved forward in drafting this implementation plan.

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