Lock Haven University student presents research at commissioners’ meeting

PHOTO PROVIDED Shown from left, are Rick Mirabito, Lycoming County commissioner; Anthony Eck, Lock Haven University senior; and commissioners Tony Mussare and Jack McKernan.

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University senior, Anthony Eck, presented his community based research to the Lycoming County commissioners during a community board meeting recently.

Eck, of Hanover Township, is a health science major with a concentration in community and public health and a minor in psychology. He conducted his research as part of an independent study, partnering with more than 45 health and human service agencies and organizations — the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition.

His research was conducted to understand the emerging health concerns within Lycoming County by reviewing 14 community health needs assessments and analyzing them. The emerging health concerns included mental health, substance abuse, lack of education, cancer, obesity and heart disease. He then created a database with most of the services offered for each specific emerging health concern, Eck said.

“By conducting an independent study at Lock Haven University I have learned a great deal about public health, health and human services, as well as their ability to positively impact the community,” Eck said. “I learned how to effectively interact with professionals in the field. Above all, this experience has reconfirmed my interest in public health and provided me a network of professionals I can rely on in my future career.”

Eck, who graduated during the winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, has a career goal of working in the public health field.

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