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Community Needs Study Highlights Uninsured, Child Obesity & Homelessness in Central PA

Medical ResearchLebanonHeart Disease

Downtown Harrisburg has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the state with 27% uninsured.   That's one of the findings from a community needs assessment.  The study was a collaborative effort by  Holy Spirit Health System, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System.  

Overall, the findings show that there is a need for additional information and services that promote healthy lifestyles and make health education and healthcare easier to access.  Other findings show: 

  • Dauphin, Lebanon, and Perry counties all show higher rates of overweight or obese children in grades K-6 than PA; specifically in Lebanon and Perry counties, over 17% of the children in grades K-6 are obese.
  • Every day in Dauphin County and the City of Harrisburg, approximately 650 people experience homelessness. 
  • Perry County shows a very poor ranking of 66 (out of the worst possible 67) for education.
  • The major causes of death in Pennsylvania are consistent with national trends, #1 is Heart Disease and #2 is Cancer.

Holy Spirit Health System, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and PinnacleHealth System will now begin to develop individual implementation plans to leverage their organization`s individual strengths and resources to best address their community`s health needs and improve the overall health and well-being of residents of Central Pennsylvania.

To read more about the findings of the needs assessment study:

Holy Spirit Health System

Penn State Hershey


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