More on Why We Need a Regional Health Department

I have been reviewing some local and state public health reports today, and it occurred to me that I should share some of the information on here (at least the visuals – because who doesn’t like charts and graphs on a Friday?).

The following data shows some of the benefits that a local public health department brings, as well as some data from a needs assessment performed in Northampton County by the Public Health Faculty at East Stroudsburg University.

Epidemiologic Profile: Cancer and Heart Disease (2008 Data)

Epidemiologic Profile: Maternal and Child Health (2008 Data)

Judging by the above data from the needs assessment, there is much to do in order to raise the overall health of the population in Northampton County. And a regional health department would be the necessary step toward achieving better health.

Thoughts or comments?

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on March 5, 2010, in Health and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A lot of people don’t realize that under the present system, the public health services being offered to the townships are inadequate or non-existent. If they know how often (or rarely how seldom) state health inspectors visit restaurants located in the townships, they would never eat in them. There is virtually no oversight. Allentown, however, through the work of the municipal health department, is staffed with professionals who are on top of inspections in city restaurants.

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