In the Community

Community Benefit

Community Health Needs Assessment

The Community Health Needs Assessment Report provides an overview of findings from a community health needs assessment (CHNA).  This assessment was initiated by IU Health Paoli in 2011 to identify the community’s most important health issues in order to develop an effective implementation strategy to address such needs. The two year process was complete in summer of 2012.  Beginning in 2013 strategies to impact these findings will be developed.

IU Health Paoli completed this assessment in order to set out the community needs and determine where to focus community outreach resources. The assessment will be the basis for creating an implementation strategy to address those needs. This report represents IU Health Paoli’s efforts to share knowledge that can lead to improved health and the quality of care available to their community residents while building upon and reinforcing

Community Programs

As a partner with local school systems, we are proud to provide preventive health educational programs. All programs are free of charge unless stated otherwise.

Did you know Indiana law states that children must use a safety restraint such as a car seat until age 8? Four out of five children's car seats are used improperly. Are you using your car seat the right way? Properly installed child safety seats can significantly reduce your child's risk of injury or death. To make sure your child is as safe as possible, schedule an appointment for a Car Seat Safety Check by one of our certified child safety seat technicians. Call 812.723.7571 for an appointment.

  • There is no cost for the safety checks.
  • Inspections are done by appointment only and take about 30-45 minutes. Times and dates vary depending on the availability of the certified child safety seat technician.
  • Schedule your appointment early! If you are expecting a baby, we would like to see you before the baby arrives to make sure the car seat is installed correctly.
  • Please bring your car seat instruction manual AND your vehicle manual to your appointment.
  • A section on child passenger safety and correct child safety seat installation is included in all of our childbirth classes.
  • Don’t forget about your older children! Please ask about booster seats for your older child ages 5-8.

CPR/ First Aid Training

Classes offered to all area fifth and sixth grade and specialty classes. Course covers basic Adult CPR steps, choking and emergency action steps. The First Aid course covers basic actions, plus what to do for bleeding, burns, and poisonings. Call 812.723.7571 for more information.

We also offer Community CPR Classses and Healthcare Proivder Courses thru the American Heart Association.

Group Tours/ Job Shadowing

Available to classes or groups highlighting major service areas such as Emergency Services, Air Evac Helicopter, Visiting Specialty Services, Surgery, lab, Med-surg and the New Life Center. Call 812.723.7571 for more information.

Hand Hygiene

IU Health Paoli Hospital's hand hygiene program is called Germbusters. Through interactive participation, Germbusters teaches elementary school children how and when to wash their hands. The spread of germs and poor hand washing technique are demonstrated through the use of Globug powder and the UV light. Call 812.723.7571 for more information.

Health Careers

This program teaches students about opportunities in the health-care field. The students will learn about how the hospital works and the educational requirements, job duties, salary ranges, and career opportunity for numerous health occupations. The typical program lasts 30 to 40 minutes. Call 812.723.7571 for more information.

Poison Prevention Program

Poison Prevention programs are offered in March to all area schools, preschools, home daycare providers, and daycare centers. The age appropriate, interactive presentations are given by emergency services personnel and a child-friendly video that lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Each child receives a take-home packet which may include a home safety checklist, safety brochures, Poison Center magnets, and Poison Prevention coloring book. Call 812.723.7571 for more information.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. If you or your organization work with kids and would like to join our newly formed Orange Co. Safe Kids chapter, please call 812.723-7571.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

For many people, the subject of insurance is complex, confusing, and even intimidating. This is especially true for seniors trying to keep up with the continual changes in Medicare. If you have frequent questions about your health care coverage, schedule an appointment with a certified SHIP counselor. For more information please call 812.723.7474.

There is no cost for this service, just free objective advice about insurance for seniors.

Don't let Medicare confuse you. Learn what you need to know to make informed, confident decisions. A SHIP counselor will offer you objective assistance and answer your questions about Medicare. Counselors are not affiliated with any insurance company and will not sell or solicit for insurance.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers are available for various health topics and health career information. Call 812.723.7474 for more information.

Tobacco Education

This interactive program teaches the effects of tobacco. This program is available to all ages and lasts 30-45 minutes. Call 812.723.7474 for more information.