Geisinger Wyoming Valley
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 Wyoming Valley (GWV) and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre (GSWB), a campus of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, partnered with the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative, a regional membership based organization focused on community health, and contracted with The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, to conduct the assessment.
Together, we initiated a household survey of Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, collected data and interviewed local social service workers, healthcare professionals, and representatives from major employers, free clinics, local government and insurers.
Studies were completed from 2012 to 2016 and what we found was eye opening. The top three needs in Luzerne County are:
- Improved access to healthcare for underinsured and uninsured residents.
- Increasing healthy behaviors, including health education programs focused on diet and exercise, stress, safety and prevention of chronic diseases.
- Community development of multilingual healthcare services; expanded mental health and drug and alcohol services; and transportation.
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: