New Study Aims to Improve Perry County Health Outcomes

A coalition of local health advocates is working together to address health needs in Perry County and seeks community members’ support. A new health survey launched this week asks for residents’ recommendations on ways to improve county health services. The survey takes just 5 to 10 minutes to complete and is available here.

 In response to growing concerns about the health of Perry County residents, a new Perry County Health Coalition was formed last year. Chaired by Commissioner Brenda Benner, the coalition is comprised of representatives from the Perry Family Services Partnership Board, county government, local and regional health care providers, funders and area school systems.

 “I would urge all county residents to please complete the short survey,” said Commissioner Brenda Benner. “This is an impressive new undertaking and we’d like to hear from everyone in the county. The results of the study will help to mobilize improvements in the kinds of health choices, options and resources that community members can access in the future,” Benner added.

The study is lead by Dr. Dave Sarcone and a  research team from Dickinson College and Shippensburg University. Funders of the project include Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Highmark Blue Shield, Holy Spirit Health System, Partnership for Better Health and United Way of the Capital Region.

To access a copy of the community survey, Perry County residents can visit local public offices and health businesses or it can be accessed online: Residents who complete the survey will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to a grocery store of your choice.