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Geisinger Lewistown Hospital

Building healthier Mifflin & Juniata Counties

Understanding the challenges and hardships our neighbors face is vital to closing healthcare gaps in our communities.

That's why we partnered with the Mifflin-Juniata County Human Services Department, Penn State Extension, and the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment to evaluate, report and address the health needs of our service area.

After speaking to people from all corners of the tri-county area-social service workers, healthcare professionals, schools, government officials, businesses and faith-based organizations-we discovered that just like many other rural Pennsylvania areas, Mifflin and Juniata communities are focused on:

  • Getting better access to quality physical and mental healthcare.
  • Reducing unhealthy and risky behavior of teens and adults.

What we're doing to help

We continue to make significant community investments and partner with other local non-profit organizations to help create a healthier central and northeast Pennsylvania, including:

  • Improving healthcare access for underinsured and uninsured residents: Supporting low or no-cost community health clinics around our region.
  • Promoting and increasing healthy behavior: Creating and delivering health education programs focused on diet and exercise, stress reduction, safety and chronic disease prevention.
  • Strengthening the quality of health care: Reducing emergency room wait times, improving access to same day sick visits and increasing health literacy.

These problems won't be solved overnight. But one step at time, we're making a difference. We invite you explore our efforts to build healthier Mifflin and Juniata communities now:

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment 2018 (PDF)