Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Community Health is focused on improving the health of the communities we serve by addressing social determinants of health through cross-sector partnerships.
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.
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:
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.
Community Health has prioritized four social determinants of health: