Summit to reveal Yorkers' health issues


More than 1,000 Yorkers were surveyed recently on health-related concerns, and health organizations and individuals can hear the results during the 2015 Health Summit on June 11.

The summit will address the results of a Franklin & Marshall College telephone survey of 1,028 York County residents, and all attendees will receive a copy of the assessment summary.

For the telephone survey, researchers made a point to reach out to a variety of people representing different demographics, said Deborah Gogniat, coordinator at Healthy York County Coalition.

"The health assessment is going to be a sharing of data from both the phone survey and a secondary committee working with leadership coalition ... that's what we're going to be announcing at the health summit," she said.

Checkup: Healthy Adams County Coalition and Healthy York County Coalition are concerned that many organizations are working on common big issues, but they aren't moving the mark when it comes to the data, Gogniat said.

"We're looking at two specific indicators that are worrisome," she said. "They're going in the wrong direction — we're going to be sharing these two and the data."

The coalition will present the framework with these two major initiatives and discuss how to move the plan forward.

"There's going to be a roundtable discussion to consider ... what we're dealing with," said Gogniat.

If all goes according to plan, she said, York County might be able to reverse the trends in two or three years.

Continuing success: The assessment from 2012 is available on the coalition's website, she said.

"The initiative that we've been working on is access to care. There are lots of challenges for individuals living in low income," she said. "That's an area that we worked in."

The coalition is looking for new ways to continue serving York County's health needs in 2015 with financial aid from grants, private donations and supporting partners.

"We're not looking at the short-term — it takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of research, and we need to find some money to do that," she said.

The summit is a great place to start for individuals and organizations who feel they can support the coalition's ongoing efforts, she said.

The summit will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road.

Register by June 8 by emailing or calling (717) 851-3225. Include your name, email, telephone number and organization.

The summit is free of charge and open to the public with registration. Visit for more information.