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Smart Talk: Community health and human service needs?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 11, 2015 3:22 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, March 12, 2015:

The three biggest health concerns of Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry County residents are access to affordable healthcare, nutritious foods, and prescription drugs. That's according to data from Life in the Capital Region, a community assessment report compiled for the United Way of the Capital Region and its partners.  These concerns could become even more important as the number of Pennsylvanians age 65 and over increase by 80% by 2040, and those 85 and over grow more than 132%.

Concerns about receiving a quality education are also understandable, given that between 75 - 92% of young children in the three counties lack access to good pre-kindergarten programs, and some school-age students still lack proficiency in math and reading. Many of these findings for the capitol region reflect similar trends across the state, although in all age groups except employment-age adults the capitol region is actually growing faster.

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Tim Fatzinger, Jennifer Doyle, and George Book

As our region continues to grow and become more diverse, access to education, healthcare, and jobs remains of interest to county residents, whether they live in predominantly rural Perry County or urban Dauphin County. To discuss the kinds of services that current and future residents of the capitol region will need, Tim Fatzinger President and CEO of United Way of the Capitol Region, Jennifer Doyle from the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, and George Book from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce join us on Thursday's Smart Talk.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-12 08:35

    Ann emails:
    I volunteer for a local non-profit agency in this area which serves female ex-offenders.

    We have seen over the past five years an increase in ALL types of services we need to provide to the women as well as, their families (i.e., children, husbands, significant others). The agency does not get 'paid' from the county, state or United Way to provide these extra services.

    Here's the 'problem', we're happy to raise money through fundraisers and reach out to churches, but ex-offenders are at the bottom of the list -- we are not 'warm and fuzzy' compared to the homeless, children, animals, etc. -- all the worthy non-profits out there, are grasping for the same dollar.

    Comments -- thoughts?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-12 08:57

    Tiffany emails:
    I know this would never happen, but I REALLY wish we could close all fast-food institutions. I worked in an elementary school in Lancaster city for 7 years, and I was so saddened by the amount of families that purchased and consumed fast food every day - that was the norm for the vast majority of those children. Will there ever be a possibility of fighting against this?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-12 08:58

    JB emails:
    I’m glad you just addressed the obesity rate. I moved recently to the West shore after having living in the Denver area of Colorado, and before that Atlanta, Los Angeles, and seacoast New Hampshire. One of the first things I noticed moving here is the significantly older population which seems to be borne out by the data your experts have found. But I also noticed so many overweight people and many smokers. And very few people exercising outdoors. Maybe this is an area that’s more representative of the US, but it is really a stark contrast in my experience to these other places I have lived.