Community Health Needs Assessment

Overview of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

In 2012, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN) became an official partner in the newly formed Health Care Council of the Lehigh Valley (HCCLV). The HCCLV was created by the not-for-profit health care systems operating in the Lehigh Valley to cooperatively measure and improve the broadly defined health of the region. The HCCLV jointly developed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process,  produced The Road to Health, an easy to navigate community health profile available to the public in both English and Spanish, and then created a joint Plan of actions from the findings revealed in the community health profile; actions designed to achieve the goal of improving the health of the citizens of the Lehigh Valley. 

The HCCLV includes representation from The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), Lehigh Valley Health Network, Sacred Heart HealthCare System, St. Luke’s University Health Network, and KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital. GSRN’s participation in the joint CHNA is primarily focused on addressing the health and health-related needs of persons with disabilities and those with medical rehabilitation needs. The coordinated CHNA process provides the not-for-profit health care systems the opportunity to fulfill the requirement of Section 9007 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 to perform a CHNA every three years commencing with a hospital’s first fiscal year after the Act became law.  Participation in the coordinated CHNA process also enables each hospital to respond affirmatively to the CHNA-related questions listed under Schedule H, Part V, Section B of IRS Form 990 as revised in 2010.

The HCCLV’s coordinated CHNA process incorporated best practice standards recommended by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI). The HCCLV actively partnered with many stakeholders, community based organizations and community members in the process. The CHNA incorporated several health assessment strategies including an analysis of existing community health measures and secondary data as well as community input and engagement activities.

The Community Health Needs Assessment process developed in 2012 was repeated in 2015-16 for the next 3-year cycle (2017-19) and The Road to Health community health profile was updated with more current regional health statistics and data. The findings from the updated CHNA process revealed that although some improvements have been made to the health of the people of the Lehigh Valley, more needs to be done to impact the social determinants of health in order to achieve more dramatic and long-term results. GSRN used the 2015-16 CHNA health profile findings and primary research called, "The Lehigh Valley Disability Community: Re-Examining Community Needs & Opportunities", performed by the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium to assess the needs of persons living with disabilities in the region to create a Plan of actions that it will implement over the 2017-19 CHNA cycle to address the social determinants of health and the health-related needs of this population.

On June 6, 2016, the Board of Trustees of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network passed a resolution adopting the 2017-19 CHNA Implementation Plan. The Plan identifies strategies and action steps designed to impact priorities identified through the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment process. 

Community Health Needs Assessment Documents

A printed copy of these documents is available to be viewed at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, 850 South Fifth Street, Allentown, PA, in the Office of the Vice President of Government & Community Relations, Cynthia Lambert. For more information, contact 610-776-3323 or clambert@gsrh.org.