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POPULATION HEALTH: Hospital partners with schools

In 2011, three not-for-profit health systems in Pennsylvania cooperated in a community health needs assessment.  The next year, as a result of the study, one of the systems – Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – collaborated with the school system in Lebanon, Pa., to conduct screenings of about 3100 school children.  Providing nurses from the hospital to augment the work of school nurses allowed the screenings to be done very quickly, compared to the nearly year-long process previously.  The obesity rate among school children was found to be over 40 percent.

Planning Information

1 nurse / 50 students were needed to complete the screenings at one school in one day

Source: Hoke, A.M., Kephart, D.K., and others. (2015, Oct.). Improving community health while satisfying a critical community need: a case study for nonprofit hospitals. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(E185). Retrieved from  http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2015/pdf/15_0230.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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