Community Health Needs Assessment

Overview of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s 2022 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 2020-2022 cycle entitled, Needs & Opportunities in the Lehigh Valley Disability Community: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders, 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 multi-pronged research method for our new CHNA.  First, this study updated and extended information derived from key secondary sources of data. Second, this study summarized findings from a telephone-based survey administered to a randomly selected sample of 1,019 residents in Lehigh, Northampton, and Monroe counties. Third, this study included findings from two forums of key stakeholders (e.g., people with disabilities, heads of public and private agencies serving the disability community, educators, elected representatives, etc.) where participants shared additional insight about diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns for disabled people and validated the secondary and survey data. Lastly, this study reflected on what was learned from the previous CHNA conducted in 2018-2019. 

Upon receipt of their 2022 report entitled, Disability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s (GSRN) senior leadership team and other key leaders reviewed the research and determined health priorities that Good Shepherd would commit to work on during this next 3-year cycle. 

On June 6, 2022, the Board of Trustees of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network passed a resolution adopting the 2023-25 CHNA Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan is comprised of three goals and action steps designed to impact priorities identified through the 2022 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, contact Carry Gerber at [email protected].