Penn Highlands Healthcare

The Partnership

Penn Highlands Healthcare (PHH), in response to its community commitment, contracted with Tripp Umbach to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in the winter of 2020 through April 2021. As a health system located in Northwestern/Central Pennsylvania, an extensive effort to assess the community needs of residents was concentrated in a seven-county region (Blair, Centre, Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Huntingdon, and Jefferson counties), which represents the six hospital facilities that make up Penn Highlands Healthcare.

Penn Highlands’ hospitals and organizations have been serving their communities for more than 100 years. With a mission statement focused on improving regional access to a wide array of premier primary care and advanced services, it does so while supporting a reverence for life and the worth and dignity of each individual.

The Action

Tripp Umbach executed a CHNA process that included the collection of primary and secondary data. Organizations and community leaders within the primary service area were engaged to identify the needs of the community. Community organizations, government agencies, educational systems, and health and human services entities were engaged throughout the CHNA. The comprehensive primary data collection phase resulted in contributions from more than 200 community leaders, representatives from organizations, and community stakeholders.

The Outcome

The community health needs assessment (CHNA) determined the health status of the community with direct initiatives and future planning strategies to advance the health status of the community. Without a doubt, the CHNA connected new partners and solidified existing relationships with local and regional agencies with the overall goal to improve the health outcomes of residents in the region.

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