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Community Collaborations

The Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies (SRHCES) or River Group, promotes research and environmental education, improves water quality, and addresses other environmental concerns related to the Susquehanna River Watershed. Formed in 2004, the River Group includes Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, Lock Haven University, Kings College and Lycoming College, as well as representatives from government agencies and community organizations such as SEDA Council of Governments, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, The Forum for Pennsylvania’s Heartland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Among other projects, Geisinger is working with the Coalition to coordinate the planning and construction of an environmental education center at the Shikellamy Marina.

The CHR has worked with 18 area school districts to conduct school health index assessments. An adapted school health policy tool from the CDC is used to help schools identify health and wellness policy gaps in school districts. A day-long consultation is provided to schools to identify key areas for health policy action in school districts. Staff from the Center serve on school wellness councils to aid in addressing policy gaps and to promote wellness programming. This project insures long-term relationships for research, health care, and health promotion activities in school districts.

Geisinger is the lead organization in the Keystone Beacon Community (KBC). KBC is developing an HIT-supported community-wide medical home that extends an existing health information exchange (KEYHIE) to provide: 1) a health IT infrastructure to link all members of the healthcare team (including patients), 2) HIT-enabled care coordination (“medical home”) that serves patients across the spectrum of care; and 3) patient activation. The KBC includes a collaboration among four regional hospitals and 12 family practices.