Healthy Shippensburg


The Healthy Shippensburg project is an initiative funded by the Partnership for Better Health. The purpose of Healthy Shippensburg is “to help community members reach their full potential by strengthening health and social services related to the ways that home, school, workplace, neighborhood, and community factors impact one's health. This work includes a reduction in risk factors related to youth substance use and social, emotional, and physical health in order to increase youth resiliency.”

Healthy Shippensburg includes the Healthy Shippensburg Coalition which is a group of community members, business owners, and health and human service providers. The coalition will work to implement new programs, policies, and/or procedures in the community to help breakdown identified barriers and fill in the gaps in services to increase the overall well-being of Shippensburg residents. This is a task-oriented group and anyone who lives, plays, works, or worships in the Shippensburg community is welcome to join! The coalition identified four areas of focus based on the community assessment:

  1. Affordable, quality housing

  2. Access to affordable behavioral health services (includes mental health and drug and alcohol)

  3. Lack of consistent and reliable transportation

  4. Youth resiliency


Sonja Payne, MSW, is the Community Health Mobilizer. She collaborates with community members, agencies, and businesses and facilitates the Healthy Shippensburg Coalition. She also provides guidance to the task groups to help them reach their goals. If you would like more information about the project or the Coalition, you can reach Sonja at 717-477-9100 or by email:


Get Involved!

Join the Healthy Shippensburg Coalition and get involved in one of the task groups:

  1. Housing: All residents of the greater Shippensburg community will have access to stable, affordable housing.

  2. Behavioral Health: Enhance awareness of and reduce barriers to mental health and substance use services.

  3. Transportation: Increase transportation opportunities in the community and reduce transportation barriers to accessing services.


The Healthy Shippensburg Coalition meets the 2nd Friday of even months (February, April, etc) at The Harbor's Community Room: 55 W. King Street, Shippensburg. Please join us at any time! Everyone is welcome! Task groups meet on odd months (January, March, etc.) at different locations in Shippensburg. Please contact Sonja if you would like to come to a task group meeting.

If you would like to get involved in the Healthy Shippensburg Coalition or support us in another way, please contact Sonja Payne, Community Health Mobilizer, at 


While this project is currently funded, we are looking for long-term financial support to continue the work of Healthy Shippensburg. If you would like to contribute financially, please donate through the following link and write "Healthy Shippensburg" in the memo.


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