Community Health Needs Assessment

Holy Spirit Health System, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and PinnacleHealth System formed a collaborative to identify the health needs of the residents of Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon, and northern York Counties. The resulting Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) reflects the three systems’ shared commitment to put the best interest of our common service area first, while serving the needs of patients and families at the local level.

The most recent CHNA was conducted with the assistance of Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized leader in community health assessments. (Click here for a copy of the Executive Summary or Regional Document.) Each hospital’s findings were unique to their service area and patient population. The CHNA connected the three health systems with a broad range of public and private organizations--such as educational institutions, health-related professionals, local government officials, human service organizations, and faith-based organizations--to evaluate the community’s health needs. (Click here for a list of participants.) The data resources were related to disease prevalence, socioeconomic factors, and behavioral habits.

After the needs assessment was completed, Holy Spirit Health System appointed a CHNA Implementation Team to oversee the development of a plan to address the three regional health needs: promotion of healthy lifestyles, healthcare education, and access to affordable healthcare. The CHNA Implementation Plan summarizes Holy Spirit Health System’s strategies to address the prioritized needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment for Five South Central Pennsylvania Counties.