Where are the gaps? Who needs food, clothing, and shelter? How do we provide healthcare to all? These and other questions will be discussed at the first health summit sponsored by the Centre County Partnership for Community Heath (CCPCH) in collaboration with Mount Nittany Health on January 14 at the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium, Mount Nittany Medical Center.
The CCPCH was formed in 1999 to help local residents obtain quality healthcare. In 2001, the CCPCH was recognized by both the Department of Health and State Health Improvement Plan to address local priorities. Since then, its focus has been to help residents in the Centre county region experience healthier lifestyles.
That mission coincides with the mission of Mount Nittany Health - to make people healthier. The partnership with CCPCH allows Mount Nittany Health to accomplish an important task - rally support and collect the data for the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which must be completed by June, 2013 and reported to the Internal Revenue Service.
"As part of the ongoing CHNA cycle, Mount Nittany Health and CCPCH will conduct semi-annual summits to keep on the pulse of the community," according to Rachel Fetzer, chair, CCPCH.
Information from the summit will be distributed to the public in the spring of 2013. Broad-based community participation in the Community Health Needs Assessment is currently underway.
For more information about the Centre Region Partner for Health Summit, contact CentreHealthSummit@gmail.com.