Continuing Research

Throughout our history, Premier Community Health (PCH) has been dedicated to sharing our knowledge with others in the field to save lives. While we no longer do laboratory research, we still do research to promote healthier living.

To further our goal of creating a healthier community, PCH and the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine have a formal agreement to collaborate on epidemiological and community-based participatory research. Epidemiology is the study of the cause of diseases, where they occur, who is affected, what causes it to happen, what makes it spread and how can it be controlled or prevented.

As part of this partnership, we share a health researcher with the Center for Healthy Communities in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. This ensures that we build realistic measurements into all our programs for appropriate evaluation. 

PCH also collaborates with other departments at Wright State University for research in health communications, influencing health behavior, and more.

Current projects include:

  • Studying our community’s reaction to our annual Colorectal Cancer Campaign, a study presented at the October 2008 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego 

Health Campaigns

Health campaigns are specific, time-limited campaigns to raise awareness for health issues. These are in addition to our ongoing programs and services. Campaigns include short- and long-term indicators to measure the success of the programs. These outcomes are reported through the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health Education, and other professional groups.

February—Heart Health Month

  • Goal: To encourage members of the community to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers
  • PCH offers free heart screenings at 30+ locations and serves more than 3,000 people from Middletown to St. Mary’s

March—Colorectal Cancer Campaign

  • Goal: To encourage colonoscopies for those age 50 and older
  • We distribute free colorectal cancer take-home kits with Kroger’s Pharmacies during a campaign on WDTN-TV2 (we distributed about 15,000 kits in 2008)
  • Kits are also available throughout the year for those who attend any of our health screenings.

May—Medication Safety Campaign

  • Goal: To reduce medication errors made at home by senior adults
  • This campaign offers free medication safety booklets on WDTN-TV2 and on its web site to seniors in the community

September—Stroke Screenings

  • Goal: To promote the importance of knowing your stroke risk factors and how stroke affects individuals
  • Stroke screenings are available at three locations across the greater Dayton region for only $5

October—Breast Health

  • Goal: To promote the free mammogram and breast health education programs offered through Premier Community Health
  • This campaign offers eligible women a place to receive free mammograms if they meet certain financial requirements

November—Great American Smokeout

  • Goal: To promote Premier Community Health’s tobacco cessation program
  • This program offers free one-on-one or group sessions with a certified tobacco treatment specialist. The program lasts for one hour each week for eight weeks.
  • Topics discussed in the program include: choosing a method to quit, symptoms for recovery, practicing stress management techniques, making a plan to quit and dealing with cravings or weight gain while quitting.