Identifying Health Priorities
At Lancaster General Health, we’re working to improve the health and well-being of our communities we serve by identifying and addressing community health priorities. The Mission & Community Benefit Committee of the Board of Trustees provides oversight for all of our community benefit activities, establishes our local health priorities, and monitors the health status of the communities we serve. Since we cannot address all of our community’s needs alone, we and other members of the Lancaster Health Improvement Partnership (LHIP) regularly analyze federal, state, and local data to identify our community’s most pressing health concerns. We select those issues that affect the most people, and does, or will, cost society the most in either dollars or quality of life.
Today, those priorities are increasing the number of youth and adults at a healthy weight, reducing tobacco use, and improving access to primary care for the growing number of medically underserved in Lancaster County. As we build action plans for each of our priority areas, we consider programs and activities that influence the individual, family, community and workplace, as well as support policies that influence positive health outcomes. We strive to influence health where people live, work, play, and learn.
We are also focused on improving the health of our employees and visitors. In addition to creating a tobacco-free environment on all LG Health campuses, we also promote healthy weight management programs. Our EatWell for Life program includes a system of green, yellow and red flags to help diners make educated food choices in our cafeterias and cafes.
As a partner in the Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition, we are working with more than 250 representatives from schools, government, organizations, employers and the community to heighten awareness of obesity issues and to implement weight-management programs. Our Corporate Wellness team provides guidance and support for employers who want to start or manage their own Employee Wellness Program. We are always looking for ways to make being healthy easy.
LG Health works to create community benefit activities that exceed industry standards, whether we are being a role model for environmentally-friendly policies or advocating for health legislation that benefits all residents. We do this not only because it’s our mission, but also because it’s the right thing to do.
Read our Community Health Needs Assessment