The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) and its diverse community partners collaborated to create a permanent infrastructure for understanding the needs and priorities of communities throughout Pennsylvania: the BeHeard BeHealthy survey panel.

At the same time, PHAN and its partners engaged communities—specifically focusing on those whose voices have not traditionally been heard in health policy—asking them to tell their healthcare stories, identify the barriers they face to good health, collaboratively develop and prioritize policy solutions, and present those solutions to decision makers who have the power to change statewide policy.

This project combined the expertise of Temple University’s Institute for Survey Research with PHAN’s network of partners to build an entirely new engagement and research infrastructure that can easily be adopted across partners and targeted communities. The panel is modeled after Temple’s successful BeHeardPhilly platform, which is a civic-engagement and community-access tool that collects and shares data with health systems, policymakers, and citizens.

Lead organization: Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN)  

Partner(s): Bell’s Socialization, Blair County Community Action, Cumberland County Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Inter-Faith Housing Alliance Lancaster Coalition to End Homelessness, New Options for Affordable Housing, Pathstone, Safe Harbour, Third Street Alliance, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Valley Youth House, Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA, the Cornerstone of Beaver County, ACLAMO, Maternal Child Health Consortium, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Project, Congreso De Latinos Unidos, Partnership For Better Health, Perry County Literacy Council, Free Clinics Association of Pennsylvania and Temple University’s Institute for Survey Research

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