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SHIP Administrator
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Health Planning
Division of Plan Development
Room 1033, Health and Welfare Building
625 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0701
717-772-5298 Phone
717-705-6525 Fax Email

Pennsylvania state
health Improvement Plan

(May 2016)

The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) is a multi-year strategic plan developed in collaboration with a diverse public partnership of stakeholders across the commonwealth.

The SHIP identifies three Pennsylvania health priorities and includes strategies, lead and collaborating organizations and progress measures for each priority:

Health Priority 1:  Obesity, physical inactivity and nutrition (PDF)
Problem statement:  Obesity, overweight, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity are associated with profound, adverse health conditions. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and other limiting physical and mental health issues.
In Pennsylvania, two out of three adults (6.2 million residents) and one out of three school-age children (0.5 million) have excess weight. Evidence links obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition to shortened lifespan.  Today's youth are in danger of dying at younger ages than their parents.

Health Priority 2:  Primary care and preventive services (PDF)
Problem statement:  Limited access to quality health care is a growing issue in many communities in Pennsylvania. Limits relate to the number of primary care practitioners, cultural competency, knowledge, location, affordability, coordination of comprehensive care, reimbursement and technology, among other things. Such limitations prevent many people from obtaining quality preventive and disease management services.

Health Priority 3: Mental health and substance use (PDF)
Problem statement: Unmet mental health and substance use needs frequently lead to preventable illness and death in individuals, families and communities.