Understanding Our Neighbors' Healthcare Needs

In 2012, Summit Health in cooperation with Penn State Institute of State and Regional Affairs conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The community-based advisory group included officials from Summit Health; residents in the Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital service areas; community members; and community leaders.

Why do we need a Community Health Needs Assessment?

The assessment is designed and used to identify the gaps, strengths, and opportunities in fulfilling the health needs of our community.

How were the needs assessed?

The needs were assessed by the data collected from:

  • Secondary data analysis
  • Feedback from community leaders
  • Focus groups (including seniors, young adults, uninsured/underinsured, and Spanish-speaking Hispanic adults)
  • Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital Service Areas residents

How will the assessment be used?

With input from the advisory group and the collected data, the following top 4 health priorities were identified:

  • Nutrition
  • Education
  • Mental health
  • Access to healthcare

These priorities will help guide community organizations and leaders in planning programs and prioritizing funding.
Our goal is to continue our collaboration with others in our community to improve the overall health and healthcare needs of our neighbors.

Community Health Needs Assessment Info

For more information and hardcopy format of the report, please contact:

  • Community Health Manager | (717) 267-7561 | Email
  • Endowment Manager | (717) 267-4861 | Email
  • Training & Development Coordinator for Waynesboro Hospital | (717) 765-3427 | Email