Every three years Mount Nittany Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

As a trusted local healthcare leader, Mount Nittany Health is committed to understanding and addressing the most pressing health and wellness concerns for our community. Therefore, every three years Mount Nittany Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and creates a corresponding implementation plan to address the health priorities identified by the CHNA.

Mount Nittany Health has conducted the 2016 CHNA in partnership with Centre Foundation, Centre County United Way, and Centre County Partnership for Community Health. The 2016 CHNA will be used as a tool for informing strategy, funding, and action plans to improve the health and wellness of our community. 

The CHNA process is a collaborative one, in which we actively seek input and information from various key community stakeholders and the population at large. The following research was conducted to determine the community health needs: a review of public health and demographic data, an analysis of hospital discharge data, a key informant survey, three focus groups, and a partner forum.

Research from our most recent CHNA (completed in 2016) shows us that our community, Centre County, is a healthy community.  Centre County meets 16 Healthy People 2020 goals and ranks 4th among all 67 Pennsylvania counties for health outcomes.  However, there are still health issues and areas of health disparity in our community that exist.  The 2016 CHNA identified three priority areas based on the scope and severity of the issue affecting Centre County residents:

  • Behavioral health
  • Substance abuse
  • Chronic disease

In the weeks ahead, an implementation plan based on the 2016 CHNA will be developed, in consultation and partnership with appropriate community organizations to address our most pressing health priorities.  The implementation plan will be adopted by the Board of Trustees and will be available on the website in September.   Responding to the health needs of our community, as outlined in our Implementation plan, is central to our mission of making people healthier. 

In the meantime, if you have questions about the CHNA please contact Jeannine Lozier, community outreach coordinator, at jlozier@mountnittany.org.