Healthy Adams County Newsletter by ps94506


									Upcoming Events and Observances
August                                     October                                     useful tools to educate parents & adults who
11th Annual Longaberger Basket             Women of Color and Breast Cancer            work with youth on improving communica-
Fund-Raiser Luncheon                       October 2, 5:30 p.m. (dinner)               tion skills.
August 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.          6:30 p.m. (program)                         ACPTP
Stephani Maitland Farm                     Gettysburg College                          Call Laura at 717-339-2018.
Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition                                                                                                                                                                                    July/August 2007
                                           Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition        Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Dinner
Call Laura at 717-339-2018.                To register call (800) 840-5905.            October 23, 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                       Carroll Valley Resort
                                                                                                                                      Adams County Health Summit Creates Open Dialogue
                                           Understanding Mental Health
September                                                                              $8 per person                                      When it comes to openly discussing health     overweight trends, tobacco cessation, and diver-
                                           Education Program and Screening
Freedom from Smoking                       October 3, 6 – 9 p.m.                       Adams County Breast Cancer Coalition           care related issues, a recent community event     sity.
Tuesdays, starting September 4 – October   Gettysburg Hospital                         To register call (800) 840-5905.               proved there’s no shortage of interest in Adams      “Beyond the benefits of discussing the issues,
23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.                          Behavioral Health Task Force                “Let’s Talk”, Puberty Program for Girls        County. Nearly 100 people participated in the     the summit created an opportunity to attract
Gettysburg Hospital                        To register call (800) 840-5905.            October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.                   first Adams County Health Summit on               individuals to take the next step and decide to
Tobacco Prevention Task Force                                                          Gettysburg Hospital                            Tuesday, June 19 at Gettysburg College. Health
                                           “Let’s Talk”, Puberty Program for Boys                                                                                                       become actively involved in a task force or
Call Jen at 717-338-3259.                                                              ACPTP                                          and human service
                                           October 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                            committee to address
National Women’s Fitness Day               Gettysburg Hospital                         To register call (800) 840-5905.               professionals and                                                           some of the health
September 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m.                Adams Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy   Fall Fest – “Piecing It All Together”          community residents                                                         needs in our county,”
Gettysburg Recreation Park                 (ACPTP)                                     October 27, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.                    gathered for the day-                                                       said Kathy Gaskin,
Physical Fitness Task Force                To register call (800) 840-5905.            HACC – Gettysburg Campus                       long event that cov-                                                        executive director of
To register call (800) 840-5905.                                                       Aging Services Task Force                      ered several issues
                                           A Day with Michael Pritchard                                                                                                                                           Healthy Adams
                                           October 11, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.              Free educational program & vendor fair for     people of the area are                                                      County.
                                           Gettysburg Hotel                            senior citizens.                               facing today.
                                                                                       To register call (800) 840-5905.                                                                                              The free event
                                           $50 per person                                                                                Sponsored by                                                             began with a keynote
                                           Presentation utilizing humorous stories &                                                  Healthy Adams                                                               address by Kevin
                                                                                                                                      County, Community                                                           Mosser, M.D., presi-
                                                                                                                                      Health Improvement                                                          dent of Gettysburg
                                                                                                                                      of WellSpan Health and Gettysburg College,        Hospital. Dr. Mosser discussed trends in health
                                                                                                                                      the health summit provided a forum for infor-     care, how they affect Adams County in light of
                                                                                                                                      mation and open dialogue on people living at      the county’s growth and changing demograph-
                                                                                                                                      or near poverty, an aging population, childhood
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Summit, continued on page 3

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kathy Gaskin, executive director
                                                                                                                                                                                                         of Healthy Adams County pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         sented the third annual HAC
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Apple Leadership Awards to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nate Rivera, Mental Health of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         America, recipient of the Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Apple New Member Award for
                                                                                                                                                                                                         his work with the Behavioral
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Health Task Force; Holly
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cookerly, R.N., Wellspan
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Community Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Improvement, recipient of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Adams Apple Leadership Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                         for her work with the Children’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Health Task Force; and Bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fitzpatrick, recipient of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Golden Apple Unsung Hero
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Award for his work with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Faith In Action Coalition.
                                                                  ACPTP Training Targets                                      Gettysburg/Hanover Trail Feasibility Study Receives Support
Director’s Report                                                 Improving Lives of Youth                                       There was a strong show of support and interest at a recent     trail ride or walk, Adams County still doesn’t offer many
     The 2006-2007 fiscal year for Healthy Adams County              The Adams Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy            public meeting for the Gettysburg/Hanover Trail Feasibility        trails. The good news is that many local government leaders
was certainly full of events, activities and achievements. As     (ACPTP) hosted their annual Teen Pregnancy                  Study. On May 8, almost 70 local citizens gave their sugges-       and citizens have experienced and actively support trails and a
we close out our fiscal year and move on to a new one, I’d        Prevention Month training on May 9. The participants        tions regarding a possible off road trail from Gettysburg to       healthy living life style. Many Adams County citizens enjoy
like to share with you just a few of the noteworthy accom-        enjoyed four wonderful presenters. Jim Holler, Liberty      Hanover. The feasibility study is being performed by               trail amenities, said Jolin, but due to a lack of such facilities in
plishments of the organization.                                                                                               Campbell Thomas and Company, one of Pennsylvania’s lead-           the County, we enjoy them in other locations.
                                                                  Twp Police Department began the event with a presen-
     The Healthy Adams County Board concentrated on                                                                           ing trail planning firms. Healthy Adams County, through its
                                                                  tation on Internet safety. His research and investigation                                                                         Just imagine…. Local residents, bicyclist, walkers and horse
adopting policies such as a volunteer policy and guidelines                                                                   Healthy Adams County Bicycle/Pedestrian committee, is lead-
                                                                  of online predators was an enlightening and thought-                                                                           riders enjoying an off-road trail extending from Gettysburg to
relating to internal controls. The board was also able to offi-                                                               ing the local effort in cooperation with the York County Rail
                                                                  provoking presentation regarding popular websites and                                                                          Hanover, surrounded by an attractive greenspace that is
cially change the organization’s name from the Adams                                                                          Trail Authority.
                                                                  tips for Internet usage. According to Chief Holler,                                                                            accented with interesting historical sites, beautiful birds and
County Council of Community Services to Healthy Adams
                                                                  “Parents need to take an active role in monitoring their       Thomas Jolin, Chair of the Healthy Adams                        peaceful landscapes. That’s the goal of Healthy Adams
County with the State and with the IRS. The organization,
                                                                  youth’s Internet activity and at the same time building     Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee, stated the feasibility study is      County Bicycle/Pedestrian committee.
along with WellSpan’s Community Health Improvement
and the Gettysburg College Center for Public Service              their youth’s self-esteem. On any day, child molesters      the first major step in a process that will eventually lead to a     The effort is graciously supported by grants from the PA
planned and implemented the first annual Adams County             look for kid’s to be their next target using the Internet   connecting trail between the two boroughs. It could easily         Department of Community and Economic Development, PA
Health Summit on June 19. Finally, the Access Committee           as a tool and they will try hard to build a child’s self-   take 10 to 20 years to complete. While other areas in the          Department of Natural Resources, The York County
took on the responsibility of overseeing and implementing         esteem all along carefully seducing the child.”             state and country have enjoyed the amenities of a peaceful         Community Foundation and the Alma Diehl Family Fund.
recommendations from the study on the uninsured and                  Robin Sawyer, author, filmmaker and professor at the
underinsured in Adams County that was conducted in 2006           University of Maryland, discussed what he has learned
by the Drexel University School of Public Health. Their pri-      from his years of research on college students’ attitudes   Teen Pregnancy, continued from page 2        Summit, continued from page 1
mary recommendation, to develop a community health cen-           regarding relationships and sexuality. A native of
ter in Adams County is currently being addressed by the                                                                       community. It is very important to           ics, and the plans of WellSpan Health to     Hospital, led a session on respecting cul-
                                                                  England, Robin’s expertise lies in the area of human sex-
committee.                                                                                                                    all ACPTP members that we contin-            adapt to the changes.                        tural differences.
                                                                  uality, contraception, date rape, AIDS and other sexually
     A new task force was added to the roster of efforts                                                                      ue to educate parents, clergy, youth            The address was followed by the              “For its first year, one real success of
                                                                  transmitted diseases. Robin discussed college students’
under the umbrella of Healthy Adams County. The Breast                                                                        providers, educators and law                 choice of six workshop sessions on sev-      the event was the level of interest
                                                                  inability to communicate, alcohol usage and the result-
Feeding Task Force’s mission in part is to educate the public                                                                 enforcement on the importance of             eral key health initiatives currently        among community members to hear
                                                                  ing effects on sexual outcomes. In addition, he shared
about the importance of breast feeding. Several of our exist-                                                                 communication and respect for all            impacting Adams County. Presenters           about health-related issues occurring in
                                                                  reasons college students are non-compliant with contra-
ing task forces went through changes in leadership and                                                                        Adams County youth,” said Laura              included Steve Niebler, director of the      Adams County,” said Kevin Alvarnaz. “I
                                                                  ception use and what the Nike Generation of students
spent time on goal planning including the Citizens with                                                                       Reyka, R.N., co-chair of ACPTP.              Adams County Office for Aging and Dr.        believe that the level of engagement in
                                                                  has taught educators and parents.
Disabilities Task Force, Behavioral Health Task Force and                                                                         The next ACPTP educational               Mosser on ten reasons you should care        individual sessions was very good as par-
the Community Re-Entry Coalition. The Healthy Adams                  Lisa Nevada, ACPTP, and Jesse Miller, NOVIS, shared
                                                                                                                              program is scheduled for Thursday,           about aging in Adams County; Jennifer        ticipants were responsive to questions
County Children’s Committee was also developed to bring           the successful program, “Spin the Bottle” that was pre-
                                                                                                                              October 11, 2007 when we wel-                Hobbs, tobacco cessation counselor at        and genuinely interested in improving
together the different leaders from the children related task     sented to Gettysburg College students. The students
                                                                                                                              come Michael Pritchard for a day-            Gettysburg Hospital presented on the         health care and related issues.”
forces as well as other children related organizations in the     perception of the opposite sex and sexuality were shared
                                                                                                                              long training program. Michael is            importance of tobacco prevention; Eve           “The evaluations from the summit
community to network and develop some goals that would            in addition to information on recognizing potential
                                                                                                                              known throughout the country                 Gardner, program director for Healthy        participants provided a wealth of infor-
involve all of the organizations attending.                       warning signs of abuse and healthy relationships.
                                                                                                                              because of his humorous stories and          York Network, discussed access for the       mation about what people gained from
     Other highlights included Safe Kids Coalition bringing           According to Jesse, “One of the best and most impor-    useful tools to educate his audiences        uninsured; Megan Shreve, executive           the event and what they would like to
in significant money to support their Cribs for Kids              tant ways to engage youth in a discussion of problematic    on improving communication.                  director for the South Central               see provided at future summits,” Gaskin
Program and the Housing Task Force’s focus on developing          sexual behavior is to engage them in dialog. While there    Please contact Laura, 717-339-2018,          Community Action Program, discussed          said. “We plan to use the information we
an affordable housing study for Adams County.                     is a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation      if you have any questions or are             understanding economical differences;        gained from the various workshop dis-
     There are too many accomplishments among the indi-           among the students, they are willing and able to exam-      interested in attending the October          Kevin Alvarnaz, director of WellSpan         cussions to enhance our planning for
vidual task forces in the past year for me to mention in this     ine and discuss different points of view.”
space. The upcoming WellSpan Community Benefit Report                                                                         11 event.                                    Community Health Improvement, dis-           future events and also to add to next
                                                                     “ACPTP is very proud of the quality programs and                                                      cussed growing healthy in an unhealthy
will include descriptions of the wonderful efforts everyone                                                                                                                                                             year’s planned community health status
                                                                  research based presentations that we offer to our local                                                  world; and Michele Marchese, director
has helped make possible in our community. A big thank                                                                                                                                                                  assessment.”
you to all of the task forces for their hard work this past       Teen Pregnancy, continued on page 3                                                                      of HealthConnect, and Heather Kreitz,
year!                                                                                                                                                                      PHO coordinator at Gettysburg
    Kathy Gaskin, Executive Director

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