Local Health Foundation to Announce New Strategic Plan

January 5, 2017 – The Partnership for Better Health will be announcing a new Strategic Plan at a public event on Wednesday, January 11, at 10:00am at Dickinson College’s Holland Union Building. The community is encouraged to attend to hear about the foundation’s new grant funding opportunities and health priorities.

“Our goal with the strategic plan is to achieve greater impact on the health of our community, especially vulnerable individuals and families,” said Jeff Gayman, board chair at the Partnership. “This bold new plan was shaped directly through community input and incorporates best practices in the field of health philanthropy,” Gayman noted.

The Partnership for Better Health’s strategic planning process included community surveys and interviews, a systematic review of community needs and a series of planning meetings with board members, staff and community volunteers. The strategic plan will guide their efforts over the next three years.

“We heard directly from local nonprofits that are eager to tackle old problems in new ways by working collaboratively on more comprehensive and innovative strategies,” said Becca Raley, Executive Director at the Partnership. “Our new plan opens some exciting doors for community organizations that seek to work together on solutions to tough issues like hunger, affordable housing and income disparities that are at the roots of poor health for too many of our community members,” she added.

The new plan focuses on improving health equity through grant making, policy advocacy, community engagement and capacity building efforts with local organizations. Gayman affirmed that the foundation’s longstanding commitment to improving equitable access to essential medical, dental and behavioral health services for people who are under- and uninsured will continue.

Health and human service professionals, area residents and community partners are welcomed to attend. Please RSVP to Heather Swartz at
717-960-9009 x 6 or [email protected].

Press are encouraged to join us for the Strategic Plan Announcement. The reception will be held on Wednesday, January 11th, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, in the Social Hall of Dickinson College’s Holland Union Building. Foundation board and staff members will be available for questions and interviews.