Community Health Needs Assessment
Geisinger Holy Spirit, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, PinnacleHealth System, Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Hamilton Health Center, and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute formed a collective workgroup, known as the Collaborative, to identify the health needs of the residents living in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon, and northern York counties. The resulting Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) reflects these organizations shared commitment to put the best interest of our common services 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 2015 CHNA Collaborative Regional Executive Summary or 2015 CHNA Holy Spirit Collaborative Report.) Each hospital’s findings were unique to their service area and patient population. The CHNA connected the organizations 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. The data resources were related to disease prevalence, socioeconomic factors, and behavioral habits.
Geisinger Holy Spirit appointed a Community Health Needs/Community Benefit Committee to oversee the development and implementation of a plan to address the three regional health needs: access to health services, behavioral health services, and healthy lifestyles. The CHNA Action Plan summarizes Geisinger Holy Spirit's strategies to address the prioritized needs identified in A Five-County Regional Community Health Needs Assessment – South Central Pennsylvania.