Healthy Adams County Taskforce Accomplishments Fiscal Year 2012
Medical Access Healthy Adams County continued to work with Family First Health’s Gettysburg Center by helping to create an advisory board to assist in further defining service needs in the surrounding community as well as developing new ways to promote the center.
The Adams Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy held several educational programs for teens, parents and other community members. They also provided support for the annual 7th grade Young Women’s and Men’s conference and organized several fundraisers throughout the year.
The Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition held an educational dinner regarding breast health, women of color program as well as various other educational events. They also educated the community about free mammogram funds that are available in Adams County. Each year, the Coalition raises funds to donate to several initiatives regarding breast cancer awareness and research.
The Adams County Food Policy Council printed and distributed the 2012 Local Foods Guide. Members of the Institution Buying Local Committee visited a local distributor to begin research on developing a plan to create easier access to local foods for local institutions. The Access Committee, with the help of a local growers, developed the Healthy Options program, formerly known as the Fair Share Project, which provides vouchers for families who can not afford fresh fruits and vegetables.
The AIDS Service Providers Network held their Annual Conference: Responding to AIDS on March 16, and had approximately 22 attendees.
The Breastfeeding Task Force continued to provide breastfreeding support bags to mothers delivering in the Gettysburg area. The task force also had success in adding new members to the task force through promotion and education.
The Domestic Violence Task Force held a digital stalking training in September 2011. The task force completed work on revising the domestic violence and sexual assault protocols for Adams County.
The Adams County Health Literacy Task Force worked with the Adams County Literacy Council to integrate a health literacy component within their regular curriculum. The task force sponsored a patient empowerment training in February with approximately 20 attendees.
The Latino Services Task Force hosted a Bi-National Health Fair in October 2011. More than 10 community agencies participated and more than 1,200 individuals participated in the health fair.The task force’s education sub-committee partnered with Collaborating for Youth to apply for a grant to the PA Liquor Control Board for education and outreach for Latinos in Adams County. While the grant award is still pending, 53 individuals were educated about the dangers of binge drinking.
The Head Start Dental Center Advisory Board, part of the Oral Health Task Force, tackled short term plans for the 2012 school year. Family First Health provided a dental assistant once a week to assist Dr. Maust and other volunteer dentists at the center. HACC’s dental hygiene program continued to provide screenings and cleanings for the students. Family First Health opened dental services at their Gettysburg site in May 2012.
The Physical Fitness Task Force organized walking parties in the fall and the spring, attracting between 70 and 100 participants for each walk and distributed a walking booklet for Adams County. The Healthy Adams Bicycle Pedestrian Action Coalition, a sub-committee, continued their work to establish an inner-loop bicycle trail in Gettysburg. The Task Force also held an intergenerational event at Gettysburg Recreation Park, which partnered senior citizens with kindergartners to complete events such as walking the Biser Trail and crafts.
Safe Kids Coalition Adams County participated in several educational events and provided materials on various safety initiatives for children. They distributed approximately 85 car seats and provided over 50 car seat checks. A Safe Infant Sleeping Symposium was held in May with approximately 30 attendees.
The Tobacco Prevention Task Force continued to support the Freedom from Smoking and Smoking Cessation Support Groups. Funding was obtained to continue tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Adams County. The group also increased the number of organizations and businesses implementing Clean Indoor Air policies/smoke-free campus policies. In addition, the task force conducted educational visits to all local Adams County legislative offices.
The Youth Providers Resource Network distributed What’s Up After School and What’s Up This Summer for parents and youth. They held the 8th Annual Light’s On After School program highlighting after school programs in Adams County, which attracted 200 attendees.
The Behavioral Health Task Force held several events over the past fiscal year including depression and anxiety screenings, an Autism awareness event, a youth suicide prevention training and a training for local guidance counselors on how to refer students to behavioral health services more efficiently. The group distributed a behavioral health directory for Adams County.
Healthy York County Coalition Taskforce Accomplishments Fiscal Year 2012
Oral Health Task Force provided resource information and support to local residents in their effort to maintain public water fluoridation.
Health Literacy Task Force members trained community volunteers by offering “It’s Your Health…Take Charge!” patient empowerment training to more than 425 residents in York County.
In June 2012 the HYCC hosted a health summit to review results of the 2012 York County Community Health Assessment with 200 people in attendance.
School-based Activities and Childhood Obesity Strategy
The Community Health Improvement Department continues to implement its coordinated, multi-faceted Growing Healthy prevention strategy to promote healthy eating and physical activity in York and Adams counties. Growing Healthy consists of four priority areas–communities, early childhood sites, health care settings and schools–and is aligned with national recommendations to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity.
Growing Healthy Communities (Communities Focus):
WellSpan Health, in conjunction with the Get Outdoors York (GO York) Task Force of the Healthy York County Coalition, strengthened its partnership with York County Libraries by combining its annual GO York physical activity program with the the libraries’ Summer Reading Club. Promoted together, the One World, Many Stories reading club and GO and Explore Your World! program promoted healthy minds and bodies through summer reading opportunities and checkpoint exploration quests in parks and trails in York County. More than 10,765 GO and Explore Your World passports were distributed through York County libraries with 1,171 returned at the program’s completion. Participants who returned their passports collectively walked 16,904 miles.
In 2012, the Get Outdoors York (GO York) program celebrated its five-year anniversary with the launch of its Dream Big Read!/GO and Search the Galaxy! program. Started in June, more than 9,500 Star Guides were distributed by York County Libraries.
WellSpan Community Health Improvement staff have maintained participation in the Eat, Play, Breathe York (EPBY) initiative coordinated by the YMCA of York to develop strategic priorities for promoting policy and environmental change related to healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco use. In spring 2012, the EPBY initiative, in conjunction with other community partners, launched its second Bike In York week promotion in which adults were encouraged to commute via bicycle to their York City place of employment. Forty-three adults participated in the event.
During fiscal year 2012, monthly Market Basket of the Month newsletters were distributed to partnering public schools and early childhood centers in York and Adams counties, and through the YMCA of York County. These newsletters featured healthy recipes and information pertinent to the monthly produce. The Market Basket of the Month campaign expanded to include educational resources at four community market sites in York County.
The Gettysburg office of Community Health Improvement, in coordination with the Physical Fitness Task Force of Healthy Adams County, continued hosting community walking parties at various Adams County locations. A total of 140 individuals participated in the six-week series in fall 2011, and 233 individuals participated in the 12-week series of walking parties in spring 2012. In addition, the Task Force updated and re-released the “Walking or Running Routes of Adams County” booklet. Approximately 2,900 booklets were distributed to community members and visitors through healthcare provider offices, community organizations, and visitor bureau locations, at walking parties, and through other community venues.
An intergenerational event was held in May 2012. Participants were encouraged to walk the Biser Trail at Gettysburg Recreation Park, participate in physical activity challenges, and eat a healthy lunch. Approximately 80 kindergarten students and senior citizens from Office of Aging sites participated in this event.
Growing Healthy Tots (Early Childhood Sites Focus):
In 2011–2012, 41 early childhood providers at three sites in York and Adams counties were trained to use a curriculum that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for an estimated 600 preschoolers and their families.
Stress management techniques were demonstrated to 104 early childhood providers in order to assist them in reducing their own stress and their students’ stress.
830 Food and Fun lunchboxes and Wiggle and Giggle backpacks, both filled with interactive, family-based activities that stress healthy eating and physical activity, were distributed to preschoolers and their families. These take-home materials are available to both English-and Spanish-speaking families.
All Growing Healthy Tots sites received the Market Basket of the Month newsletter that features information, recipes and other ways to encourage the consumption of the featured monthly produce item.
Growing Healthy Lives (Healthcare Focus):
WellSpan continues to support the use and distribution of pediatric healthy eating and physical activity materials at a minimum of 10 WellSpan Medical Group practices and Gettysburg Pediatrics. More than 250,000 educational materials were distributed to the participating practices.
WellSpan maintained its three-program weight management series for adults. The tiered program structure enables participants to gain additional healthy lifestyles “tools” as they transition between programs. During the last year, 95 individuals completed a one-hour Steps to a Healthier You class; 48 people in York County and 15 people in Adams County participated in the eight-week A Healthy You programs, respectively, and; eight attended the 10-week Striving For a Healthier You program.
Growing Healthy Kids (School Focus):
Community Health Improvement partnered with 11 middle schools in York and Adams counties to support school wellness policies. Specific programming and resources are provided to assist schools in creating an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
The Growing Healthy Kids initiative provides school personnel with opportunities for networking and professional development. Community Health Improvement held its fourth annual in-service training for school nurses which focused on concussion management, cardiovascular health risks for youth and provided evidence-based curriculum manuals. Sixty-one school nurses and aides attended the York County event and 22 attended the event in Adams County.
In addition, Community Health Improvement promoted physical activity and healthy eating habits among school-age students by:
- Awarding nearly $3,000 in fitness equipment to 11 schools in York and Adams counties, which will benefit approximately 3,000 students.
- Challenging 1,656 students from six schools to accumulate 1,260 minutes of physical activity over a 21-day period through the Kids On The Move program.
- Distributing a Market Basket of the Month resource kit to promote featured produce items to participating schools.
- Educating approximately 1,617 fifth-through eighth-grade students on how to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by making healthy food choices and staying physically active.
Alphabetical List of Committees
Fiscal Year 2012
*This represents a partial list of organizations with whom WellSpan employees volunteer.
Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition (ACBCC)
ACHI Community Health Assessment Workgroup
Adams Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Adams County Aging Council
Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition
Adams County Economic Partnership
Adams County Farmer’s Market Association
Adams County Health Literacy Council
Adams County Tech Program (ACTP)
Adams Senior Resource Meeting
Air Walk- American Lung Assoc. Asthma Walk
Aligning Forces for Quality
American Heart Association
American Red Cross York/Adams
AmeriHealth Mercy Health Education Advisory Board
Apple Blossom Kids Health and Safety Day
Bike In York
Breast Health Community Advisory Board
Center for Human Services
Children’s Home of York
CHIP Advisory Board for United Health Care
Circles of Support Guiding Coalition
Circles Program- SCCAP Gettysburg
Collaborating for Youth
Community Impact Committee
Community Impact Meetings
Criminal Justice Advisory Board
Cross Keys Village/Brethren Home
Department of Health Preventive Health Services
Diversity Summit Planning Meeting
Eat Play Breathe York
Family First Health
Farm/Natural Lands Trust of York County
Financial Literacy Partnership
First Capital Federal Credit Union
Fixed Site Farmers Market Meeting
Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary
Gettysburg Hospital Foundation
Go Red for Women
Green Space Advisory Committee
Grief Group - GH
Head Start Advisory Board
Healthy York Network
HYCC School Wellness Collaborative
Keystone Health Promotion Health Conference
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
LIU Migrant Education Program
MDT Case Review
Mental Health Task Force
Nutrition Program Advisory Board, Messiah College
Oncology Nursing Society
PA AAP - Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect
Pa Dept. Health- Injury Prevention Task Force
PA Immunization Coalition
Penn State Univ. School of Nursing
Prevent Child Abuse PA Advisory Board
Regional Transit Coordination Study
Rotary Club of York
South Eastern School District
Susquehanna Valley Neonatal Nurse Association
Truancy Prevention Initiative
United Way of York County
YCCF - Weyer Trust
York Adams County Immunization Coalition
York Benevolent Association
York County Chamber of Commerce
York County Child Death Review Team
York County Children’s Advocacy Center
York County Communities that Care
York County Community Foundation
York County Economic Development Corp.
York County Fall Prevention Task Force
York County Hispanic Coalition
York County Human Services - Commission
York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
York/Adams Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program
York-Adams Metropolitan Medical Response