Featured Non-profit Organization from the Family & Children's Services of Lebanon County Fund 2012 Grantees
Celebrating 40 years of service in 2013, Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS) primary mission is to provide education, nutrition, and reproductive health services to the uninsured and under-insured families of Lebanon County with emphasis on women, infants and children. Services include reproductive health care for all ages (gynecologic examinations, contraception, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, and pregnancy testing), prenatal care, employment & driver’s license exams, drug screening, WIC (women, infants and children) supplemental nutrition program, and education programs (tobacco cessation, parenting classes and other programs offered to schools/community groups). LFHS serves over 11,000 individuals annually with an excess of 45,000 visits.
The board members, staff and volunteers of LFHS work tirelessly to assure that the work they do provides needed health care services to many individuals. Without this care, cancers would go undetected, community members would not know where to access services, individuals would not have access to the assistance they need to break the nicotine addiction, children would be born with their mothers receiving late or no prenatal care, and infants and children would not have nutritious foods to eat.
The 11,000 lives touched annually by LFHS represent almost 10% of the county population and 35% of the city population. This provides a tremendous impact for our community, helping Lebanon County become a healthier place to live.
In 2012, Lebanon Family Health Services received a $2,000 grant from Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, for Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing & Treatment. Through this program, LFHS participates in numerous outreach and education efforts including health fairs and community events to spread information on the importance of testing, early detection, and treatment. Unfortunately, individuals are not always aware that LFHS offers free STI testing and treatment regardless of income, age, or insurance coverage. This grant allowed LFHS to offer incentives for patients to return to the clinic to receive the results of their testing, thus increasing the overall retention rate for the program.
For more information about Lebanon Family Health Services, visit http://lebanonfamilyhealth.org/.