Healthy Schuylkill Summer is a program done in cooperation with the county libraries each summer that brings a healthy message to children as they begin each session of their summer reading program. Good nutrition and exercise, as well as other themes, reinforce healthy habits each session.
The Motor Vehicle Safety Coalition has produced a program that has been used in every varsity football stadium during fall football season. The Arrive Alive, Don’t Text and Drive message has been received by up to 15,000 people every week in the fall.
Healthy Schuylkill Communities can now be found in Schuylkill Haven, Shenandoah and Mahanoy City. These programs focus on improving community health with projects that come from the communities. Whether it is rebuilding a park in Shenandoah, starting a Farmers’ Market in Schuylkill Haven, or designing in-town walking trials in Mahanoy City, these coalitions are making a difference in the lives of their residents. A team from Shenandoah is working with a coach from Roberts Woods Johnson on a national Action Award to address health in Shenandoah. Mahanoy City and Shenandoah are working with the University of Pittsburgh on Walk Works for their communities.
The Schuylkill County Youth Summit is facilitated by Schuylkill County’s VISION. The fourth Youth Summit will be held on March 10, 2016. Students from all area high schools come together to learn about the issues they have identified as essential to address for the future of the county. The students go into their communities from the summit with plans on how to move the agenda forward. A Community Advisory Group and a community Jobs Awareness group support the work of the students.
Emory University of Atlanta has been working with VISION and nine other sites nationally on a multiple year project with the CDC to look at how congregations can be effective in reaching vulnerable, needy populations in times of disaster.
The Walk In Art Center is forming a new Folk Art Center that VISION is helping to facilitate. This center will document, demonstrate and celebrate the rich ethnic and cultural heritage of Schuylkill County.