ChildProtect Vaccine Program

ChildProtect Vaccine Program

This LG Health program provides free immunizations for children who are uninsured or are enrolled in Medical Assistance.

The program offers all vaccines recommended by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While ChildProtect began as an effort focused specifically on providing health care to the Amish, any child without health insurance or on a medical-assistance program, such as CHIP, is able to receive free vaccines. Families have told us they wouldn’t be able to get their children vaccinated if it weren’t for these clinics.

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Fresh Express Columbia

Fresh Express Columbia

A partnership between LG Health, Community Action Partnership, Columbia Life Network, and Central PA Food Bank, this mobile fresh food pantry in Columbia, PA, provides fresh produce and healthy food options to Columbia residents who meet income guidelines.

Items are available at no cost and include fruit, vegetables, milk and eggs. Having access to healthy, fresh food decreases the risk for diet-related chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

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Handle With Care

Handle With Care

A program of Joining Forces for Children and coordinated by LG Health, this trauma-sensitive approach enables law enforcement to notify school personnel when they encounter a child at a traumatic scene. No details about the event are shared, but the goal is to quickly provide tools and support to children to lessen the impact of the trauma and increase their likelihood of success at school.

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Hunger-Free Lancaster County

Hunger-Free Lancaster County

LG Health is a committed supporter of Hunger-Free Lancaster County (HFLC), a community coalition of over 40 organizations working together to ensure sustainable access to three healthy meals a day for all Lancastrians.

HFLC is focused not only on eliminating the meal gap in Lancaster County, but is also committed to ensuring that all Lancastrians have access to fresh, wholesome meals.

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Joining Forces for Children

Joining Forces for Children

Joining Forces for Children, a program of Lancaster County Joining Forces, is focused on caring for children impacted by addiction. It is a collaborative project led by LG Health.

Joining Forces for Children works to enhance communication and collaboration among service providers and identify opportunities to increase access to evidence-based, trauma-informed services and supports for children impacted by addiction disorders. As part of the program, a family advocate provides individualized resource navigation for children and their caregivers.

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Lanc Co MyHome

Lanc Co MyHome

LG Health provides operational support for this network of health and human service providers, business leaders, and individuals working to eradicate homelessness in Lancaster City and County through service coordination, advocacy, public education, and community organizing.

Lanc Co MyHome is a coalition of over 200 partners made up of homeless service providers, public officials, government, healthcare, private sector businesses, emergency response, faith-based organizations/churches, behavioral health, and school districts.

In addition to Lancaster General Health, Lanc Co My Home’s major funding partners include County of Lancaster, City of Lancaster, Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, United Way, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Lancaster County Children’s Alliance

Lancaster County Children’s Alliance

LG Health provides operational support for the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance, which is the Children’s Advocacy Center for Lancaster County. The center brings together child abuse professionals who support the needs of child victims and non-offending family members.

The multidisciplinary team includes child protection workers, law enforcement officers, medical providers, prosecutors, victim advocates, mental health providers, and advocacy center staff. A trained forensic interviewer conducts coordinated interviews that are observed through closed circuit television by law enforcement and/or child protective services.

Community partners supporting this initiative include the Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Services Agency, The Child Abuse Prosecution Unit of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, and the YWCA Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center.

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Lancaster County Joining Forces

Lancaster County Joining Forces

Lancaster County Joining Forces is a collection of organizations and individuals working together to save lives and create a community that supports recovery for those affected by opioid addiction.

The Joining Forces partnership uses a strategic approach to strengthen the work each partner does separately, which allows us to identify gaps in services and treatments so we can save more lives together.

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Lancaster County Recovery Alliance

Lancaster County Recovery Alliance

LG Health is a part of this grassroots coalition dedicated to supporting addiction recovery in our community and reducing the stigma of being in recovery. The Lancaster County Recovery Alliance (LCRA) also coordinates the county’s Recovery Day Lancaster celebration each fall.

LCRA is supported by organizations and individuals passionate about working to celebrate the role that recovery plays in Lancaster County. Treating individuals and families impacted by addiction with the same care and support as those with other illnesses creates communities where everyone can thrive.

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Lead-Free Families

Lead-Free Families

Funded and managed by LG Health, this program is focused on eliminating childhood lead poisoning in Lancaster County.

It is the first comprehensive childhood lead poisoning prevention program in the United States to be initially funded entirely by a health system. LG Health has committed to investing $50 million over 10 years to identify and remediate lead health hazards in at least 2,800 homes across the county.

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Let’s Talk, Lancaster

Let’s Talk, Lancaster

Let’s Talk, Lancaster is a coalition of organizations including LG Health that work together to improve mental well-being in Lancaster County.

Let’s Talk, Lancaster coalition members include medical and behavioral health providers, community and social service organizations, school professionals, and community members. We envision a Lancaster community that promotes and supports an environment where all people live healthy lives.

Its efforts include standardized screening for anxiety and depression across primary care practices, increasing the number of behavioral health providers, and providing community mental-health training. By connecting mental and physical health, it works to reduce the stigma around mental illness, promote resiliency and improve the link between primary and mental health care.

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LifeSkills Training Program

LifeSkills Training Program

Funded by LG Health in Lancaster County, LifeSkills Training (LST), an evidence based prevention curriculum, targets students in grades 3-8. It has proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that can lead to substance use and other risky behaviors.

LST is proven to be effective when taught by teachers, peer leaders or health professionals. LST doesn’t just focus on one aspect of the problem of substance abuse. It addresses all of the most important factors that lead adolescents to use one or more drugs. Evidence has demonstrated that the program is effective with a broad range of adolescent populations.

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NARCAN®/Naloxone Distribution

NARCAN®/Naloxone Distribution

Naloxone (brand name NARCAN®) is a medication proven to save lives by reversing opioid related overdoses. LG Health and Lancaster County Joining Forces assist in the effort to provide and distribute naloxone nasal spray throughout the community via partners including medical professionals and community organizations.

Increasing access to naloxone nasal spray, training individuals to prevent and respond to overdoses, and enhancing connectivity to resources and services through the RASE Project are the goals of this initiative.

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Quitting Nicotine

Quitting Nicotine

LG Health offers multiple programs to help individuals reduce tobacco and nicotine use. These programs support community members who smoke, vape, or chew tobacco to understand their addiction and create a personalized plan to start them on a journey to become nicotine free.

Free programs include Freedom From Smoking group classes, individual nicotine coaching, telephone coaching, and additional resources to provide information and support to teens and adults on their journey to quitting nicotine.

Nicotine replacement (patches/gum/lozenges) is also available free of charge as part of each program for those who are 18 years of age and older.

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Safe Kids Lancaster County

Safe Kids Lancaster County

LG Health is the lead agency for Safe Kids Lancaster County, which is dedicated to preventing injuries in children—the number one cause of death of children in the U.S.

Based on the needs of our local community, our coalition group, which includes volunteers from all sectors of the community, provides education and resources for families that focus primarily on farm safety and child passenger safety. We also strive to help people understand the importance of making safe, healthy choices from an early age. Safe Kids Lancaster County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide.

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School-Based Health Clinics

School-Based Health Clinics

LG Health works to keep kids healthy and in school by providing primary care services and other health needs to students in Lancaster City.

The clinics provide physicals, immunizations and immediate medical attention. They meet the needs of students by placing healthcare where and when they need it. On-site clinics help students stay in school and ensure parents don’t have to miss work for their children’s doctors’ visits. Parents can also apply for insurance and medical resources that could benefit their children.

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Trauma-Informed Community Initiative

Trauma-Informed Community Initiative

The goal for this program is for Lancaster County to become a trauma-informed community that addresses and reduces traumatic childhood experiences.

Trauma results from an event or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful and that has lasting adverse effects.

This initiative, supported by Let’s Talk, Lancaster and the Lancaster General Health Behavioral Health Impact Fund, includes online training modules and specialized trainings for community and organizations to advance trauma informed policies and practices. It provides an overview and awareness of trauma, resilience, and trauma-informed care for anyone who interacts with local individuals and families who may have experienced trauma, including human services professionals, educators, the faith community, employers, government agencies, and others.

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Young Lungs at Play

Young Lungs at Play

This statewide program, supported by LG Health in Lancaster County, strives to support municipalities and schools by offering tools and resources to create and adopt outdoor nicotine-free policies at parks, athletic fields, playgrounds and trails.

Young Lungs at Play policies are designed to protect the environment as well as the health, welfare and safety of everyone, especially infants and young children who are especially vulnerable to health risks from secondhand smoke.

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