Delaware County Health Advisory Board
This nine-person group assembles quarterly to discuss a wide range of public health related issues and advise county government. The group includes representatives from each of the health systems with hospitals located within Delaware County. The Delco Health Advisory Board is staffed by the Delco Office of Intercommunity Health and includes five DCMS physician members and the DCMS Executive Director.
Delaware County Health Literacy Coalition
The mission of Delco HLC is to raise awareness, address the challenges and improve health literacy in Delaware County. We work together with patients and their advocates, healthcare providers and community members. The coalition seeks to promote effective communication to help people best find, understand and act on health information. The coalition has just completed a detailed strategic plan for the future and is excited to recruit more stakeholders to join us. For more details please write to DCMS at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1970 the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education recommended establishment of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) as a national strategy to address the shortage of primary care physicians and the mal-distribution of health professionals. The national AHEC program was established in 1972 to improve the supply, distribution, retention, quality, utilization, and efficiency of health professionals to provide primary care services in medically underserved areas.
The Southeast PA Area Health Education Center (SE PA AHEC) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1996. Each Pennsylvania AHEC region has a cooperating medical school which works with the region.
Temple University School of Medicine is the cooperating medical school for the Southeast region. Stephen Permut, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Assistant Dean for Academic Affiliations, serves as the Medical School liaison. DCMS Executive Director, David A. McKeighan currently serves as the SEPA AHEC Board Chair. For more information see the SEPA AHEC website at www.sepaahec.org
Delaware County Medical Society Public Health Fund
The DCMS Public Health Fund is a separate charity which was founded in 1964 after the society’s “Victory Over Polio” campaign was completed. The Fund’s board meets annually in November to review the progress of the endowment and to make recommendations for the funding of programs in the coming year. Delaware County based health related nonprofits and start-ups may request funding by sending a proposal to our DCMS office in Media at 600 North Jackson Street, Suite 201A Media, PA 19063-2561.
All requests for funding must be received by November 1st for consideration. Email requests to email@example.com and make sure it’s clear that it’s a proposal for funding by the DCMS Public Health Fund.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” public awareness campaign was developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance in 2000 to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties and to increase awareness of and compliance with the Underage Drinking Laws. The campaign has been used in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. In 2001, the campaign received a national award as a promising prevention program.
Medical Reserve Corps
The County of Delaware is pleased to join an exciting national initiative geared toward encouraging individuals to volunteer to assist during public health events. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a branch of Citizen Corps
Real Talk With Dr.Offutt
The Delaware County Medical Society would like to support the efforts of Dr. Laura Offutt's work with educating teenagers about major health issues and creating interactive online forums to reach and educate teenagers. Click on the hyperlink below to go directly to her website www.realtalkwithdroffutt.com . Additional links to her Twitter feed and Tumblr account are listed on the website.
Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task Force
The Task Force was established in 2002 by individuals from the county who had lost someone close to suicide and felt that more should be done to spare others this tragedy and the stigma that accompanies it. In 2003 it was adopted by the Delaware County Medical Society, which had aided the task force since its inception. The Task Force exists to meet an unmet need, it works to meet this need through collaboration and coalition-building. Its driving force is to be no longer needed. The Task Force is an all volunteer group. Membership, involvement, and participation is open to county residents, community groups, or others with a concern about suicide in Delaware County. See the outstanding DCSPATF website at: www.delcosuicideprevention.org
Delaware County Heroin Task Force
In recognition of the toll the heroin epidemic is taking on the community, Delaware County Council, the District Attorney and Delaware County agencies formed the Delaware County Heroin Task Force in 2012 to address this public health concern.
The mission of the Heroin Task Force is to provide young people, parents and educators with information regarding the destructive and addictive nature of heroin and abused prescription drugs.
Task force goals include: reduction of the demand for heroin and illegally used prescription drugs; education of citizens about the resources available to prevent and treat addiction & reduction drug-related crime in the community through public education and law enforcement.
DCMS members actively participate in the Medical Subcommittee of the Heroin Task Force.