Your Community is our Community
Meeting the needs of the communities we serve means understanding those communities thoroughly. And what better way to do that than by talking to the people who live and work there through a Community Health Needs Assessment?
Geisinger partnered with ACTION Health and other local non-profit hospitals to bring Tripp Umbach, a private healthcare consulting firm and nationally recognized leader in health needs assessments, to our area. Together, we collected data and interviewed local community members, social service workers, health care professionals, legislators and representatives from schools, businesses, local government, emergency management and faith-based organizations.
The study was completed in June 2012 and what we discovered was eye opening. The top three needs in Columbia County are:
- Improved access to healthcare for underinsured and uninsured residents.
- Increasing healthy behaviors. Columbia County ranked highest in our 5-county region, representing the unhealthiest measures, related to education, diet and exercise, and community safety. In addition, Columbia County ranked 54th worst, out of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, in regards to Health Behaviors, which includes alcohol use, tobacco use, and other lifestyle choices.
- Improvement of transportation services. Community leaders, key stakeholders, and focus group participants all reported that a lack of transportation, coupled with the predominantly rural nature of our region, made it challenging for many residents to access healthcare.
So now that we better understand the needs of the communities we serve, what are we doing to meet them? Plenty.
The following pages highlight programs and services offered to our communities, with information designed to help those who need it most.
Our non-profit mission allows us to not only make significant investments in community needs, but also partner with other local non-profit organizations to help improve the health of the people we serve in central and northeast Pennsylvania.
View the new Community Health Needs Assessment brochure (.pdf), highlighting several Geisinger programs and services available in your community.
|Medical Assistance (MA) patients|
Collaboration with Bloomsburg University
|Community health events|
Preventative testing & screening