News | Published January 11, 2013

Share your opinion—the community health needs assessment needs you!

Because you live in this community, you have the inside track. You may know what some of the obstacles are that prevent your friends and neighbors from achieving good health.

Reasons could include transportation problems, or lack of insurance coverage, or even a lack of good solid information. Your opinion means a lot for the future of healthcare in Central PA. Mount Nittany Medical Center is currently conducting a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in part for Internal Revenue Service reporting purposes, but also to support Mount Nittany Health's strategic priority of localizing healthcare for our community - an essential part of our vision of becoming the most trusted healthcare provider in Central Pennsylvania.

An integral part of Mount Nittany Medical Center’s CHNA is a health needs survey, created to capture important information about needs and gaps and where they exist in our community.  Please take a few minutes to complete this important health needs survey and share it with anyone you know who lives in Central Pennsylvania. All responses are anonymous and the survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Findings from this survey will be summarized into major themes and will be combined with other research efforts to inform and set the agenda for a community health needs summit of regional leaders, scheduled to be held on February 25, 2013. The summit, which will be hosted by The Centre County Partnership for Community Health (CCPCH) at Mount Nittany Medical Center, will serve as a dedicated and collaborative forum for community health experts, leaders, advocates, and elected officials to discuss, define, and prioritize health needs and gaps in our region. The goal of the summit is for leaders to find new and better ways to collaborate to meet the needs of residents in our area.

Rachel Fetzer, chair of CCPCH, was on Central PA LIVE’s Life & Health segment talking about the Health Summit taking place at Mount Nittany Medical Center. View the television segment.

For more information on the CHNA and upcoming health summit, and for the link to take the online survey, please visit