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Healthiest Cities and Counties Community Spotlight Series: York County, Pennsylvania

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The York County Health Homes Collaborative project provides an easy way for residents to access education and necessary resources to improve and protect their homes from threats such as lead hazard, fire, and carbon monoxide.

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    Healthiest Cities and Counties Community Spotlight Series: York County, Pennsylvania

    York County, PA: York Healthy Homes Collaborative 

    What are some of the greatest health challenges that the members in your community face?

    Historic homes have become low-income rentals. They are expensive to maintain, and come with a host of health issues such as water, bugs, trip/fall hazards, lead paint, etc. Smoking has been a big issue in the low-income population too.

    What are some of the health initiatives, specifically related to the Challenge's work, that are taking place in your community?

    Several smoking cessation events. A hoarding seminar and lots of "keep it moving" events.

    Can you share either a personal story or an observation that might help illustrate the impact this initiative and/or the Challenge has had on you/your community?

    A church group joined a walking challenge and had 10% of their entire congregation participate. It was good to see that unassociated groups are also concerned and willing to get involved.

    Have you experienced any major successes or challenges so far with this initiative? If so, can you elaborate?

    The Hoarding Seminar was a huge success. Professionals were invited to the first event and they now want to hold it for families dealing with this issue.

    Can you describe the progress of your project? What has been accomplished?

    Progress has been slow. We did not receive other funding like anticipated, so everything is done by over-worked volunteers who are also working full-time jobs.

    What does it mean to be part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge?

    It is a privilege. The resources are incredible. Wish we had more time and staff to utilize them.

     

    Adapted from the original post on the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Learning Network. For more information on this and other Healthiest Cities and County Challenge Projects, visit the Challenge website at www.healthiestcities.org.

    The York County Health Homes Collaborative project provides an easy way for residents to access education and necessary resources to improve and protect their homes from threats such as lead hazard, fire, and carbon monoxide.  
    2018-05-25
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    2018-05-29

York County, PA: York Healthy Homes Collaborative 

What are some of the greatest health challenges that the members in your community face?

Historic homes have become low-income rentals. They are expensive to maintain, and come with a host of health issues such as water, bugs, trip/fall hazards, lead paint, etc. Smoking has been a big issue in the low-income population too.

What are some of the health initiatives, specifically related to the Challenge's work, that are taking place in your community?

Several smoking cessation events. A hoarding seminar and lots of "keep it moving" events.

Can you share either a personal story or an observation that might help illustrate the impact this initiative and/or the Challenge has had on you/your community?

A church group joined a walking challenge and had 10% of their entire congregation participate. It was good to see that unassociated groups are also concerned and willing to get involved.

Have you experienced any major successes or challenges so far with this initiative? If so, can you elaborate?

The Hoarding Seminar was a huge success. Professionals were invited to the first event and they now want to hold it for families dealing with this issue.

Can you describe the progress of your project? What has been accomplished?

Progress has been slow. We did not receive other funding like anticipated, so everything is done by over-worked volunteers who are also working full-time jobs.

What does it mean to be part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge?

It is a privilege. The resources are incredible. Wish we had more time and staff to utilize them.

 

Adapted from the original post on the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Learning Network. For more information on this and other Healthiest Cities and County Challenge Projects, visit the Challenge website at www.healthiestcities.org.

Counties across the nation have accepted the challenge to make measurable changes in their community  as Finalists in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. This County Spotlight Series highlights county Challenge teams’ progress and achievements.

Click here to view the full series.

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