Health equity tour is underway throughout Pennsylvania bringing healthcare information to those who need it

Written by on August 2, 2021

Health equity tour is underway throughout Pennsylvania bringing healthcare information to those who need it

By Brittany Sweeney

August 2, 2021

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is trying to bridge healthcare gaps. Events are planned across the state to highlight health programs in place for everyone living in the commonwealth.

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A health equity tour is underway, designed to bring information about educational health services offered by the YMCA and Pennie to those who need them.

Pennie is a state-based health insurance marketplace.

Amy Jacobs, director of Community Integrated Health at the Harrisburg Area YMCA, says the yearlong tour will also highlight their health intervention programs. 

“These programs help individuals reclaim their health and overcome challenges related to adult and childhood obesity, arthritis, cancer, hypertension, pre-diabetes, and tobacco dependency,” Jacobs says. 

But there’s more.

“Our hope is that this tour will provide and help us reduce health inequities by providing individual health education to combat risk behaviors, reduce barriers to health care and so much more,” Jacobs says. 

The initiative aims to provide an opportunity for underserved communities to learn about Pennie and find affordable health care coverage.

Anyone looking for health insurance can check out Pennie’s COVID-19 enrollment period which runs until Aug. 15. 

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