Erie Vital Signs


The EVS Health indicators track three broad families of health factors with about 50 individual variables for Erie County, and more than 250 data series in total when the U.S. and peers are considered. The goal is to include those factors that play a key role in the quality of Erie County residents’ health.

Most Recent Data

A wealth of data was and continues to be collected, analyzed and categorized into three important topical areas: Health Behaviors and Disease Prevention, Availability and Utilization of Healthcare Services, and Chronic Disease and Disease Management. Each of the topical areas displays data that tells a particular story for that cross-section of health. Community Health is a unique combination of wellness behaviors, prevention strategies, healthcare access, affordability and availability of healthcare services, and management of disease to maximize quality of life.

The data nested in health indicator narratives should be regarded as a starting point to learn about the current status of a particular aspect of health in Erie County. It is anticipated that as individuals and organizations explore the Vital Signs Health section, they will identify areas for improvement and begin to develop strategies to positively impact an area that speaks to their level of community engagement, whether the focus is as simple as individual health or as complex as a government or corporate initiative. Everyone can make one change to positively impact the current landscape of health in Erie County.

Having said that, the information on Erie Vital Signs offers a variety of results that defines the recent health status. In the Health Behaviors and Disease Prevention category, three of the five indicators for adults have negative trends and two are varied. Children fare a bit better with three positive indicators, two negative trends, and two varied. In the Availability and Utilization of Health Care family, adults exhibit one negative and two varied indicators, and the lone children’s indicator is varied. Also in that category, perceived costs are concerning factor in preventing patients from accessing health care. Finally, in the Chronic Disease and Disease Management section, there were two positive indicator trends and four that were varied or inconclusive.


Health Behaviors & Disease Prevention

Adult Health

Child Health

Availability & Utilization of Healthcare Services

Adult Health

Child Health

Chronic Disease & Disease Management

Adult Health

The Healthcare Subcommittee

The Health Subcommittee is responsible for identifying the key variables for this section of Erie Vital Signs, and for reviewing and evaluating the update information before it is posted to the EVS website.


  • Chair: Melissa Lyon, Director, Erie County Department of Health
  • Valerie Bukowski, Epidemiologist, Erie County Department of Health
  • David Dausey, Dean, School of Health Professions and Public Health, Mercyhurst College Institute on Public Health
  • Carrie Ennis, Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Initiatives, UPMC Hamot
  • Boo Hagerty, Vice President – Northern Tier Markets, UPMC Health Plan
  • Denise Kolivoski, Executive Director, NAMI of Erie County
  • Mark Kresse, Healthcare Manager, GE Transportation
  • Joe Markewicz, Co-Project Director, Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Organizational Research & Evaluation (CORE), Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Michelle Robertson, Community Health Net
  • Tony Snow, CEO, Community Health Net
  • Patty Stubber, Executive Director, NWPA Area Health Education Center, Inc.

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