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Health Promotion Staff

 

Health Promotion and Education programs aim to improve the environmental, social, and economic conditions that contribute to poor health, and support behavioral changes and community norms to improve community and individual health.

Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health (World Health Organization). For the Health Educator, it is "the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health (American Journal of Health Promotion, 1989,3,3,5)

Health educators are an integral part of community health education programs. They provide information to individuals and communities in an effort to promote, maintain, and improve healthy lifestyles. Some of the issues that are of importance include substance abuse, injury prevention/safety, nutrition, high blood pressure, pregnancy, and diabetes. Health educators are also responsible for collecting and analyzing data for the purpose of researching, designing, and presenting preventive health care programs. These individuals must be able to inform and organize community coalitions in order to address concerns and issues that affect the health of communities. Health educators are often responsible for writing educational material, newsletters, public information reports, and grant proposals. They may specialize in various areas that include clinical health, public health, community health, industrial health, and school health. The main objective for a health educator is to prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyles through policy, system, environmental, knowledge, and behavior change.

The York City Bureau of Health staff work in partnership with individuals, communities and organizations to increase individual knowledge and skills, educate and mobilize communities, build coalitions, and advocate for changes in organizational and public policy.
 

Our Health Promotion Staff

 

Shaun Underkoffler joined the Health Bureau in 2007. Shaun is the Community Health Program Coordinator and focuses his time on implementing the deliverables of the safe and healthy communities grant, as well as other community interventions. Shaun graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelors Degree in Health & Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management/Administration. He received his Master's Degree in Public Health from Walden University in December 2011. You can reach Shaun at 717-854-5090 or email sunderko@yorkcity.org  

 

Patricia Bonsu joined the Health Bureau in 2013 as a Community Health Specialist and focuses her time on the violence & injury prevention grant; as well as other health-related areas. Patricia graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Community Health with a concentration in Health Education.  She received her Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois, Springfield in December 2012. To schedule programming or to request information, contact Patricia at 717-845-6532 or email her at  pbonsu@yorkcity.org  

 

Craig Walt joined the Health Bureau in 2014 as a Community Health Specialist. Craig focuses his time on the Violence and injury Prevention grant as well as assisting with the activities and planning associated with the Safe and Healthy Communities grant. Craig graduated from Temple University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and a minor in Healthcare Management. He has also conducted Master’s level studies in Public Health in the areas of Epidemiology and Community Program Development. Craig can be reached by phone at 717-846-6730 or email at CWalt@yorkcity.org

 

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