Together with community-based partners and strategically aligned departmental partners such as Connected Care and Innovation and Population Health, the Department of Community Health’s work is integrated with and supported by data.

What we do

The Department of Community Health engages colleagues, patients and community members in integrating care and promoting health. Community health focuses on the social causes that impact health, such as housing, employment, social supports and access to care. The department’s goal is to advocate for the healthiest community in Pennsylvania – one relationship at a time.

The department welcomes the opportunity for community organizations to partner with any of our initiatives. We aim to:

  • Identify the needs of the community and work with cross-sector community partners and LVHN colleagues to address these needs as defined by the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
  • Serve as a bridge for the clinical-community continuum of care, collaborating with LVHN clinical partners to extend their efforts through community-based teams to address psycho social barriers to health.
  • Design ways to measure process and health outcomes to make sure we are effectively and efficiently improving the health and well-being of all our community members.

What influences our work

Social Determinants of Health


Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

The CHNA examines the factors that impact the health and wellness of all the people in a particular geographic area. It is a requirement of the IRS for non-profit hospitals, but the CHNA also serves as an important overview of the current state of health in our region and identifies and prioritizes areas of concern, which informs LVHN’s population health management efforts.  The Department of Community Health oversees the CHNA for LVHN. Collaboration with other institutions helped the department obtain community input in order to better understand patients’ needs and concerns.

What is our scope

dch scope

Community Health has prioritized four social determinants of health:

  • Education
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Housing
  • Mental & Social Well-being