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Improving Community Health While Satisfying a Critical Community Need: A Case Study for Nonprofit Hospitals


Flowchart shows 5 major categories of engagement: Inputs, Activities, Outputs, Short-Term Outcomes, and Long-Term Outcomes. Two organizations had inputs: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (PSHMC) and Lebanon School District. PSHMC provided screening equipment; project leadership; community health needs assessment; ophthalmology, audiology, and weight-management expert consultations for screening methods; nurses; and administrative assistants. Lebanon School District provided school district administrator support; school nurses; screening equipment; and computers for data entry. Under Activities, PSHMC provided training for nurses on screening techniques and equipment, event process planning and staff scheduling, and development of data collection methods. PRO Wellness provided training for data entry and coordination of data entry. Lebanon School District coordinated teacher and student schedules and assessment locations. Under Outputs, PSHMC and Lebanon School District provided screenings for height, weight, scoliosis, vision, and hearing for 3,105 Lebanon School District students. PRO Wellness entered screening data and generated, sorted, and filled envelopes with screening letters to be mailed to parents. For Short-Term Outcomes, completed screenings will provide additional time for nurses to address acute student health issues; additional time will be made available for nurses to follow up on health issues identified through screenings. Long-Term Outcome is increased awareness of student health issues by students, staff, and families.

Figure. Logic model describing engagement of involved organizations and implementation of the Lebanon student health screenings, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 2012–2013. Abbreviations: PSHMC, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center; PRO Wellness, Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center.

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