In the Community
As part of F&M, the Center shares the college's mission to "deepen and enrich the College's ties to the City of Lancaster." Our research has helped many different groups work toward positive change and growth in areas such as community health, the arts, education, and local government. We have worked extensively with organizations in both the city and Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster General Hospital, the School District of Lancaster, WITF, the Lancaster County Planning Commission, LancasterArts, and the Lancaster Family YMCA, to name a few. By partnering with these and other civic and nonprofit groups, we help them realize their goals for creating a vibrant, healthy, and safe community. Recent research includes:
- Ongoing research for two important community health initiatives. We are Lancaster General Health's research and evaluation partner for its Community Transformation Grant Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control. Click here for information about the CDC's grant program. We are also part of the community health education partnership of WITF, Wellspan Health, Pinnacle Health, and Lancaster General Health. Following the success of their first educational medial campaign, Facing Cancer Together, the partnership has begun a new initiative called Transforming Health. Click here to read the results of the Center's most recent healthcare poll for the partnership.
- A comprehensive health needs assessment of Lancaster County, for Lancaster General Hospital and Ephrata Hospital. We collected and analyzed data from multiple sources to identify health issues of consequence to the community. The results were presented at the May 2013 Lancaster Health Summit, sponsored by the Lancaster County Business Group on Health. Read the Lancaster-Intelligencer Journal's article about this research.
- An extensive, two-year study of the economic impact of the arts in Lancaster, which the Center conducted in collaboration with the Floyd Institute's Local Economy Center. Our report, available here, details the results. Significantly, we found that the arts in Lancaster account for 1,100 jobs, and that the impact of arts spending in the city is $72 million annually. Recently, Liz Todd Lambert, president and chief operating officer of LancasterArts, cited the study as an important catalyst for a merger between her organization and the Mayor's Office of Special Events. Read Lancaster Online's story about the merger here.
Called Childhood at Risk: An Exploration of Perceptions and Attitudes Regarding Child Abuse, this important research examines attitudes about child abuse in order to identify how misconceptions can be corrected and children can be protected.
Director Berwood Yost presented the findings of a comprehensive community health needs assessment.
The research was used to help develop a comprehensive fraud prevention campaign.