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Community Health Needs Assessment

Overview of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires charitable hospital organizations to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and to adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified through the CHNA at least once every three years. The goal of the assessment is to identify important health challenges in one’s community.

As a follow up to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s last CHNA report that covered the 2017-2019 cycle entitled, The Lehigh Valley Disability Community: Re-Examining Community Needs & Opportunities, Good Shepherd partnered with the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) to conduct our new assessment for the next 3-year cycle.  Under the leadership of Dr. Lanethea Mathews-Schultz, the MCIPO utilized a two-pronged research method for our new CHNA.  First, their study updated and extended information derived from key secondary sources of data.  Second, their study included primary qualitative data derived from a community forum of key stakeholders (including people with disabilities, heads of public and private agencies serving the disability community, educators, elected representatives, county officials, advocacy organizations, representatives from the arts, religious, and community organizations), and a series of focus groups in which key informants, people with disabilities and their families were invited to share insight about their own challenges to living fully, independently, and healthfully.

Upon receipt of their 2019 report entitled, Needs & Opportunities in the Lehigh Valley Disability Community: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders, an Implementation Plan Development Team (IPDT) was formed, comprised of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s (GSRN) senior leadership team and other key leaders to review the research and determine health priorities that Good Shepherd would commit to work on during this next 3-year cycle.

On June 10, 2019, the Board of Trustees of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network passed a resolution adopting the 2020-22 CHNA Implementation Plan.  The Implementation Plan is comprised of four goals and action steps designed to impact priorities identified through the 2019 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.  For more information, please contact Andrew Block, Director of Government Relations and Development at 610-776-8311 or [email protected].