Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Drugs 101: What Parents and Kids Need to Know

Parent Program

Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know

This program seeks to educate parents about the various forms of drugs and the peer pressures students face. A mock bedroom of a teenage drug user serves as the backdrop to the two hour presentation. Parents will enter the bedroom and are asked to identify drug and alcohol paraphernalia in the room. Throughout the presentation, more than 80 trendy drug and alcohol indicators will be unveiled to show how some adolescents hide drug and alcohol use from their parents. Throughout the program live role playing demonstrations will occur to help parents initiate conversations with their child and to show parents ways they can help their child beat peer pressure.

Middle and High School Student Program

The Realities of Living with Addiction: Information and knowledge influence our decisions

This event focuses on providing first-hand information to teens to help guide healthy decision-making, in a fun and relaxed format. Students will quickly rotate between tables and stations with community leaders for a 'reality check' on how their lives could be affected by addiction. Representatives from the Dauphin County Coroner's Office, Harrisburg City Police Department, Dauphin County Probation Office, drug treatment programs, Penn State Children's Hospital Social Work and Trauma/injury Prevention, and mental health providers will provide a glimpse into the life of an addicted person. Zeke, retired Harrisburg City K-9 officer, will be present to share his story. This program is funded by a grant from from the Josiah and Bessie Kline Foundation.

Upcoming sessions are free and open to the public.

5:30 p.m. – Registration
6-8 p.m. – Programs

  • September 27, 2016: Cumberland Valley High School – Register Here
  • October 25, 2016: Susquehanna Middle School – Register Here
  • November 9, 2016: Hershey High School – Register Here

Community Service Missions

  • Outreach: Improve the quality of life for those in our local, regional, national, and global communities through service and volunteerism.
  • Education: Provide cutting edge information to the community about health and medical issues. We strive to promote safety, healthy habits, general well-being, and preventive medicine in conjunction with our community partners.
  • Partnership: Join with members of our local community to make central Pennsylvania a healthier and better place to live.

As teachers, care-givers, and researchers, service defines us. It is more than a commitment we make to our community - it is part of our nature.

Our community service activities take many forms and involve thousands of Penn State Health employees, Central Pennsylvania citizens, and partners across the globe. We provide tens of millions of dollars annually in charity work and state-of-the-art compassionate care to individuals without insurance or on Medicaid.

A few of our community efforts and initiatives are listed below – follow the links to learn more about them:

Community Health Needs Assessment Report and Implementation Plan

Healthcare providers in central Pennsylvania are committed to understanding, anticipating, assessing, and addressing the healthcare needs of their communities. Holy Spirit Health System, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and Pinnacle Health System, formed a collaborative workgroup to identify the needs of those living within Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon, and the northern tier of York Counties. With mutual interest in the health and well-being of residents in the region served by the three sponsors, a collaborative community health needs assessment was conducted to evaluate and understand the region's health needs. This study, conducted by Tripp Umbach, a nationally recognized leader in community health assessments, identifies specific community health needs and evaluates how those needs are being met in order to better connect health and human services with the needs of residents in the multi-county region.

2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

2012 Community Health Needs Assessment

Children's Hospital

Caring for Families

Every year, Penn State Children's Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a destination for hope and healing for thousands of children and their families. As the only Level I pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, we serve one of the most populous rural regions in the nation, with more than a million children in our referral area.

Fast Facts about the Penn State Children's Hospital 

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To learn more about how you can advance the care and well-being of children at Penn State Children's Hospital, please call 717-531-8497.

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Four Diamonds Fund

The mission of Four Diamonds is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey is automatically eligible for support.

The Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 90 new families receive support each year.

CMN

Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital serves the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York region.

Children's Miracle Network's mission is to raise funds for children’s services and create community awareness of children’s issues. All money raised by CMN goes directly toward patient services, research, equipment, program services and educational resources at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.