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Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Planning to meet the community's needs has been part of LG Health’s culture for decades. 

As a not-for-profit health system, LG Health is required to complete a formal Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) every three years, with annual updates. This process is completed in collaboration with WellSpan, and this year, with UPMC Pinnacle. 

In a CHNA, data is gathered first through a formal survey that measures the community's most pressing health issues, people who are affected and the impact to quality of life. Community input is also essential to the CHNA, as many of our goals are completed in partnership with other individuals and organizations. 

After all data is gathered, the community's health issues are prioritized based on prevalence, severity, disparities, importance to the community and the ability to prevent or reduce the issue. For the past three years, the top priorities have been obesity, mental health and substance use.  

The CHIP outlines how LG Health will take action to address priority issues identified in the CHNA. The CHIP includes measurable goals and objectives that will make a difference in the health of the community. 

The current CHNA community engagement process concludes at the end of 2018, and a final CHNA report will be released in April 2019. 

To view LG Health’s current CHNA and CHIP, see our community improvement dashboards. Please send comments or questions to Brenda Buescher, Health Promotion Specialist at LG Health, at

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