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ACTION Health Community Project

Finding and solving unmet health needs in our area
Times are tough in small rural areas.  Our neighbors face many social, health and financial problems. And there are no easy answers for any of them. 

More individuals and families in our region are under or uninsured. Healthcare costs are rising, along with demand for more health services. Access to affordable healthcare continues to be a struggle for many areas of northeastern Pennsylvania. 

ACTION Health helps us find and address those needs, while giving the community the tools they need to improve community health and wellness.

Geisinger is there

Taking the pulse of the community
Started 17 years ago as a way for area hospitals to identify and serve unmet health needs, ACTION Health now manages our ongoing Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) efforts. 

The goal of ACTION Health is to enhance community health services and develop new partnerships with area hospitals, schools, universities, health organizations, local and state government and our neighbors. 

Not just data. A plan of action.
ACTION Health isn’t just about collecting numbers. It’s about education, reaching over 51,000 people over the last 5 years in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties with health topic such as:

  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise
  • Cancer prevention
  • Diabetes
  • Dental health
  • Arthritis
  • Cardiovascular
  • Community safety

ACTION Health is also Pennsylvania’s official State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) partner for the five-county region. As the SHIP partner, ACTION Health empowers communities to identify, plan for and address our biggest health needs. 

Sharing results
After spending many months of talking to people in the area — including college students, parents, small business owners, seniors and community leaders — ACTION Health takes the Community Health Needs Assessment results back to the counties to help them understand the survey results, use the data to create community programs or apply for grant funding and focus on new goals for a healthier future.