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The Health Equity Tour Pennie YMCA

What is the Health Equity Tour?
The YMCA and Pennie are conducting a Health Equity Tour in 2021. The Health Equity Tour is a series of in-person events throughout the 67 counties in Pennsylvania focused on access to health resources. The 12-month tour will promote the YMCA evidence-based chronic disease management programs (LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Enhance Fitness, YMCA’s Blood Pressure Self Monitoring Program, Freedom From Smoking, Healthy Weight and Your Child, and the YMCA’s Weight Loss Program.) During this tour, the YMCA staff will distribute educational materials about COVID-19, oral health and water fluoridation resources, how to combat senior social isolation, and the harmful effects of tobacco use and vaping. Tour staff will promote and educate the individuals in attendance about Pennie™ and how to obtain insurance through the state-based exchange. The YMCA staff will also work with food banks and pantries to distribute food to those attending the event, connect attendees with vaccinations (where possible) and coordinate community blood drives.

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What’s the purpose/mission/goal of the Tour?
This tour will help us reduce health inequities by providing individual health education to combat risk behaviors, reduce barriers to access to health care for disease and injury prevention and improve living conditions (physical, social, economic, and service environments). We will improve health equity by addressing the social determinants of health. The YMCA is focused on creating equitable and sustainable solutions that address both the immediate needs of the community and the systemic root causes that lead to inequalities. The YMCA’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and global engagement (DIG) serves as a compass for the Y as it works alongside communities to drive social progress and positive social change addressing systemic racism and other forms of institutionalized bias. Organizational commitment to DIG is an ever-evolving process that takes time, investment, and strategic planning. Through empathy and relationships, individual leaders can work with the community at a grassroots level building trust, reputation, and partnership to create positive change.

When does it launch? How many different events are being held? How long will it run?

  • The kickoff for the tour was held May 1, 2021 at the Camp Curtin YMCA!
  • There will be over 60 events held throughout the tour.
  • We plan on adding events to continue the work throughout PA following the first year-long leg of the tour.

What We Provide

During the event, we will provide the communities with the following and more:

  • COVID-19 Education
  • PA’s COVID Alert App Education
  • Pennie Education regarding Health Insurance
  • BP screening
  • Dietitian Consultation
  • Oral Health Education
  • Mammogram and Pap Testing Screening for PA-BCCEDP
  • Tobacco Cessation Education and PA’s Free Quitline
  • YMCA’s Evidence-Based Health Intervention Education
  • PA 211 Education
  • Distributing PPE materials
  • Health Literacy
  • Mental Health Education
  • Flu Education
  • Radon Education

Additional Offerings

Depending on the event and location, some additional offerings will be provided at the events such as:

  • Blood Drives
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • A1C Testing
  • Food Distribution
  • Flu Vaccinations

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