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Out of Shape? An Evaluation of the Pennsylvania State Health Improvement Plan’s Community Partnership and Major Health Issues Facing Urban and Rural Areas

By Timothy Gleave

In recent years, public health issues have become more important in the field of health. The Department of Health and Human Services adopted its third version of the Healthy People program, named Healthy People 2010. Pennsylvania has also adopted the State Health Improvement Plan, which focuses on local community partnerships. Healthy People 2010 and the State Health Improvement Plan have set ultimate goals of eliminating health disparities and increasing the quality and years of healthy life. The programs are using the ideas of community partnerships to address health issues at the local community level. The purpose of this program evaluation is to determine whether communities that are in urban settings are better suited than rural counties to address their major public health issues.

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