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LVHN’s Community Engagement mission is to help our patients and members of the communities we serve live their healthiest lives. We will achieve this mission by partnering with, and investing in, organizations that share our commitment to heal, comfort and care for our community.

Community Programs

LVHN strives to bring education, screenings and services to our community through impactful community programming. Examples of LVHN community programs include:

  • Annual Community Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Campaign Every flu season for more than 20 years, LVHN has distributed free flu vaccines to the community. In 2018, over 10,000 people were vaccinated, more than 14,000 pounds of food was donated to area food banks, and over 900 LVHN colleague volunteers participated to make the event possible.
  • Mini Medical School – Each year, LVHN presents Mini Medical School, a month-long, interactive educational series for high school students and lifelong learners with an inquiring mind.
  • Senior Choice - Today many seniors are living very healthy, active and productive lifestyles: they participate in fitness and wellness programs, attend social outings and educate themselves about the challenges they may face as they get older. With that in mind, Lehigh Valley HospitalHazleton developed Senior Choice, a program that provides its members with educational, social and healthy living opportunities.

See our full list of upcoming classes, events and support groups in all of our regions.

Community Partnerships

Lehigh Valley Health Network is proud to partner with organizations in the communities we serve that share our mission and who make the region a vibrant place to live, work and play.

Some of our community partnerships include:

  • First Strides First Strides is 10-week workshop for women, offered in the spring and summer, that helps you comfortably progress from the couch to a walking, jogging or running pace that’s right for you. You’ll also make new friends, hear inspiring stories and learn weekly health tips.
  • Wildlands Conservancy “Get Out! Lehigh Valley” – The Lehigh Valley is home to an extensive network of trails that invites you to get out, get moving and connect with all of the natural beauty that the region has to offer. The Get Out! Lehigh Valley program extends dozens of opportunities to do just that. This popular program helps promote a healthier community through guided walks and hikes in natural, protected areas featuring wildlife, beautiful vistas and historic sites.
  • Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership (GHACP) – Each June, LVHN partners with the GHACP to hold a free community Hike and Bike event at the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails, a public hike and bike trail developed along abandoned rail beds left over from the coal era. From spring through fall, the public is invited to walk with LVHN professionals and ask health and wellness questions, through our “Walk with a Doctor” program.

Sponsorship

LVHN regularly reviews requests for financial support through sponsorship of qualified local nonprofit organizations whose mission and initiatives align with the mission and goals of the network.

If you represent a registered 501(c)3 organization that provides health resources and education, improves the health and safety of our community, or helps to address key social determinants of health, we encourage you to apply for sponsorship. Please be sure to review our sponsorship guidelines to determine if your initiative qualifies for support.

Outreach

In addition to our own classes, events and support groups, LVHN also frequently participates in community events that bring people together for the purpose of health education. We consider our participation in these events to be an important extension of our mission.

If you are seeking an LVHN speaker on a health-related topic, or presence at a health fair to provide information or conduct a screening, complete our Community Outreach Request Form.

Colleague Volunteerism

LVHN colleagues regularly volunteer their personal time to organizations in their communities to help meet the social and human needs of vulnerable populations. Watch our video to learn more about how #LVHNCares.

Community Board Service

LVHN is proud to provide leadership through board service to many nonprofit community organizations in the regions we serve. If you are a nonprofit interested in sharing your board opportunity with interested leaders at LVHN, please contact Director of Community Engagement Erin Ludwig at Erin.Ludwig@LVHN.org.