Community Health Needs Assessments

Community health needs assessments (CHNA) and implementation strategies are newly required of tax-exempt hospitals as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These assessments and strategies create an important opportunity to improve the health of communities. They ensure that hospitals have the information they need to provide community benefits that meet the needs of their communities. They also provide an opportunity to improve coordination of hospital community benefits with other efforts to improve community health.

Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Since 1989, the Commonwealth has conducted a survey of school students in the 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades to learn about their behavior, attitudes and knowledge concerning alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and violence. The ‘Pennsylvania Youth Survey,’ or PAYS, is sponsored and conducted every two years by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

United Way of Lebanon County

With the help of Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs, United Way of Lebanon County conducted a community-wide Community Needs Assessment in the spring and summer of 2017. The goal of this initiative was to understand the demographic makeup, unmet needs, utilization of services, and barriers to receiving services for those living in Lebanon County. The research team completed four major elements as part of the community needs assessment: secondary data analysis, focus groups, a community survey, and a Community Conversation.

Pennsylvania Department of Health – County Health Profiles

The County Health Profiles are a series of 67 individual data listings – one for each county. Numerous statistics are shown for various health-related subject areas including: Population, Births, Deaths, Cancer, Diseases, Adult Behavioral Health Risk Factors, Hospitalizations, Health Facility Statistics

County Health Rankings

The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.