Health information phone survey to begin soon

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Residents of Franklin County and Shippensburg will begin receiving telephone calls from Penn State's Center for Survey Research in early September as part of a Community Health Needs Assessment.

The phone survey will gather information about the community's opinions, experiences and knowledge on a variety of health-related topics.

According to Barbara Constable, Summit Health's Vice President for Community Relations, the calls will be made to both landlines and cell phones in the Franklin County and Shippensburg areas.

“If you receive a call from Penn State in the next month, please answer,” Constable urged. “Your opinions and experiences are valuable to the future of health services in our area.”

“Phone calls will continue through October or until Penn State's Researchers receive 820 community responses,” Constable said.

Penn State completed the community focus group portion of their research in August.

Constable said the purpose of the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment is to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities in meeting the health needs of the community.  

A community-based advisory group made up of community members and community leaders representing school districts, state-funded organizations, area non-profit groups, faith-based groups, higher education, and local health systems have been working together to complete this research with Penn State.

The last Community Health Needs Assessment in Franklin County and Shippensburg was completed in 2008. The complete report is located at www.SummitHealth.org/CHNA