Medical care access, dental care access, affordable housing, transportation access and mental health access and youth issues lead the list of priorities identified in the 2002 Community Health Needs Assessment for Adams County, coordinated by Healthy Adams County. These priorities guide the work of Healthy Adams County's task forces.
Both Healthy Adams County Coalition and Healthy York Network are currently working with Holleran, a consulting firm out of Lancaster, to complete health assessments for both York and Adams counties. Results from these health assessments will determine next year's strategic goals for Healthy Adams County.
The Access Committee carried forth with the recommendation by Drexel University to bring a satellite Federally Qualified Health Center to Adams County. The Health Center Sub-Committee choose to partner with Family First Health to open such a health center by January 2009. The center will offer primary medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. The Access Committee also worked with Healthy York Network to develop a similar model for Adams County.
The following is a list of highlights from task forces:
The Adams Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy once again sponsored the Let's Talk programs geared towards young girls and boys who are entering puberty . They also offered a day long workshop regarding internet safety .
Safe Kids Coalition were recipients of a WellSpan Community Health Partnership Grant, which is being used towards their safe infant sleeping campaign. Safe Kids held a Cribs for Kids Event in April to promote the campaign.
The Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition held the following programs: an educational dinner regarding breast health, a women of color program, and held presentations for the girl scouts. They also educated the community about free mammogram funds that are available in Adams County.
The Aging Services Task Force held Fall Fest, which was workshops for the Aging Population and their caregivers
The AIDS Provider's Network sponsored their 4th Annual Conference: Responding to AIDS on March 13th. They also planned their annual Dine Out Night in Adams County where local restaurants donate proceeds from their sales to support the cause.
The Behavioral Health Task Force produced and distribued a mental health directory. Funds to complete this directory were obtained through the Adams County Foundation. Task Force members also conducted the From Crisis to Recovery workshop during the 2nd Annual Adams County Health Summit.
The Breastfeeding Task Force provided displays during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2007), Adams County Heritage Festival (September 16, 2007), and at the Bi-National Health Fair (October 21, 2007). During World Breastfeeding Week they also provided information on ACTV, the Gettysburg Times, held a proclamation signing by the Adams County Commissioners, and had other displays at the Adams County Public Library, and workplaces of Task Force members. They worked on a proposal for a PA Department of Health Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Mini-Grant. The Task Force also donated breastfeeding edcucational materials to Gettysburg Area High School.
The Child Abuse Prevention Task Force, formerly known as the Families First Task Force, was reestablished this year. They're in the process of formulating new goals.
The Children's Health Task Force once again planned an in-service for school nurses on January 21st. The Task Force also created and completed the "Food Habit" survey, which was distributed to families of Adams County Children and Youth Services, and Adams County Head Start.
Faith in Action continued to serve the needs of the elderly in Adams County through their volunteer program.
The Domestic Violence Task Force continued to faciliate stalking training, including cyber-stalking, as well as to faciliate the Stop Grant. They spent time training State police about domestic violence and identifying the primary aggressor. Also, they have been active in reinitiating the Safe Pet Program.
The Latino Services Task Force provided relevant health information to Spanish speaking mothers through interviews, flu shot clinics and multi-phasic screenings. They provided opportunities to help local residents obtain U.S. citizenship through classes, articles, and facilitating a consulate visit. They held an in-service for educators, human services, and community members.
The Physical Fitness Task Force organized Spring Walking Parties in the Fall and the Spring. The Healthy Adams Bicycle Pedestrian Action Coalition continued to work on a feasibility study of a grand history trail to come to Gettysburg , and worked on an inner-loop bicycle trail in Gettysburg. The Task Force also helped to reconstruct the Biser Trail located at the Gettyburg Recreation Park.
The Tobacco Prevention Task Force continued to support the Freedom from Smoking and Smoking Cessation Support Groups. They educated tobacco retailers in Adams County regarding tobacco education and enforcement, as well as the "we card program". Funding was obtained to continue tobacco prevention and cessastion programs in Adams County. The group also increased the number of of workplaces and restaurants implementing Clean Indoor Air policies/smoke-free campus policies.
The Youth Providers Resource Network distributed "What's Up After School" and "What's Up This Summer" for parents and youth and they planned the 4th Annual "Light's On After School" program highlighting after school programs in Adams County.
The Housing Task Force completed the Affordable Housing Study through South Central Assembly for Effective Governance, and utilized the recommendations for their future planning. They were successful in advocating for reconvening the Commissioner's Act 137 committee.
The Oral Health Task Force facilitated meetings to determine the future direction of the current dental initiatives and plan for expansion.