Delaware County Seeking Input from Residents on Public Health in the County

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Focus Groups, online surveys and paper surveys available to residents

Delaware County is seeking input from the public on the public health needs of residents throughout the county. Two focus groups are being held in January, an online survey is available and paper versions of the survey are located at most libraries in the county and at eight senior centers sponsored by the County’s Office of Services for the Aging (COSA.)

In June, Delaware County Council unanimously voted to hire Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health to evaluate the delivery of health and public health services in Delaware County and provide the County with recommendations on how to enhance and strengthen these services. The study is being done to gain a better understanding of the public health needs of residents and identify any gaps in the delivery of services.

As part of the study, five focus groups are being held to discuss Delaware County’s public health programs, policies, and services. Three of the focus groups are for the general public, one will be targeted to health care professionals and one will be targeted to municipal leaders.

The public focus group will be one hour and participants will receive a gift card for their time. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Available dates for the public focus groups include:

Jan. 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in Ridley Township, PA
Jan. 16, 2020 at 12 noon in Upper Darby, PA

Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Residents can call 410-502-8952 or email delcohealthstudy@gmail.com to register. Registration is now open.

Residents are also invited to complete a 10-15-minute online survey on how the County is addressing residents’ public health needs. All survey responses will be anonymous. The survey is open to all Delaware County residents over 18 years of age, now through January 31, 2020, and can be accessed at: https://tinyurl.com/DelCoSurvey

For assistance completing the survey, or to complete the survey in another language, residents can call 410-502-8952 or email delcohealthstudy@gmail.com


Paper surveys are available at the following libraries:

Collingdale Public Library, Folcroft Public Library, Glenolden Public Library, Haverford Township Free Library, Helen Kate Furness Free Library, J. Lewis Crozer Library, Lansdowne Public Library, Marple Public Library, Newtown Public Library, Norwood Public Library, Prospect Park Public Library, Rachel Kohl Community Library. Radnor Memorial Library, Ridley Park Public Library, Ridley Township Public Library and Resource Center, Sharon Hill Public Library Tinicum Memorial Public Library, and Upper Darby Township Sellers Library (Municipal Branch, Primos Branch, Sellers Branch), and Yeadon Public Library.

Residents are asked to complete the survey and turn it back in at their local library.

Paper surveys are available at the following senior centers:

Chester Senior Center (721 Hayes St., Chester, PA)
Friendship Circle Senior Center (1515 Lansdowne Ave., Darby, PA)
Good Neighbor Senior Center (1085 Hook Rd., Sharon Hill, PA)
Schoolhouse Senior Center (600 Swarthmore Ave., Folsom, PA)
Surrey Havertown (401 Brookline Blvd., Havertown, PA)
Surrey Media (302 South Jackson St,, Media, PA)
Upper Darby Senior Center (326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby, PA)
Wayne Senior Center (108 Station Rd., Wayne, PA)

Residents are asked to complete the survey and turn it back in to the senior center or mail it to COSA.

A prepaid postage envelope is included with the survey.



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