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L A N C A S T E R M E D I C A L S O C I E T Y.O R G

Patient Advocacy

HOW A LOCAL
HEALTH
DEPARTMENT
Wo u l d B enef it
Lan cas t e r C o unt y
SUSAN BALDRIGE,

Executive Director
Partnership for Public Health

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ublic health is what we do together as a community to
ensure everyone can be healthy. But the health of our
population and even our economic survival have been
significantly challenged during the COVID-19 crisis.
The virus has highlighted how uniquely susceptible this county is
to contagion among our congregate settings of retirement homes,
Plain Sect families, and our underserved communities. It has hit
our business community and our schools hard and threatened
one of our most valuable assets-tourism. This crisis made it clear
that we need health emergency preparedness with plans in place
before a crisis. We also need clear and concise messaging to the
public based on important health issues. Perhaps most importantly,
we need access to our own health data and the opportunity to
analyze that data to make public health decisions. Outside of the
state Department of Health, only county or city health departments can access the PA-NEDSS system of electronic medical
records. As one local physician put it recently, "The effort during
the Covid-19 crisis, without a health department, has been like
a pilot flying blind into a snowstorm." Our county is too large,
too unique and too valuable to chance being underprepared

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