Partnering with community leaders for a healthier Northeast PA
While many residents in Northeastern PA rate themselves in overall good health, chronic diseases such as obesity, substance abuse and mental health issues persist. Some of these problems are on the rise.
At the same time, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties can’t keep pace with growing demand for health services. The number of doctors, specialists and dentists accepting medical assistance is limited. And many residents in our communities feel information on health care programs difficult to find.
These critical health issues are causing our region to fall behind the rest of Pennsylvania in overall health.
Nearly 36 percent of respondents are not aware of health education programs in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
- Community Health Needs Assessment Survey, Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative, December 2012
Geisinger is there
Collaborating to solve community health problems
As a founding member of the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative (HNPI), we’re on the front lines with our neighbors, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other healthcare organizations to answer community health needs by:
- Finding care gaps and recommending fixes
- Increasing regional healthcare resources
- Changing unhealthy behavior through education
And with our HNPI partners, we’re working on ways to:
- Develop and maintain a regional database of health care and social services in the most common languages in our area.
- Coordinate regional social services, public transportation, healthcare, chronic disease organizations, the local free clinic networks and workforce development to create a network for the region’s poor and minority populations.
- Close the care gap for better mental and behavioral health.