Hospital-Based Community Gardens as a Strategic Partner in Addressing Community Health Needs

Daniel R. George, Amy E. Ethridge

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


As part of community health needs assessments, US nonprofit hospitals are identifying a high prevalence of chronic diseases associated with poor diets. Institutions have responded by establishing nutrition-related initiatives such as farmers’ markets and community gardens. There is public health value in demonstrating how these partnerships can help hospitals address identified community health needs. Here we describe diverse strategies undertaken by a hospital-based community garden at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, explore implications for US hospitals, and provide implementation guidance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)939-942
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Cite this