Lebanon Family Health Services Lebanon Family Health Services

About: History Timeline


July—Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS) began serving the Lebanon Community under the name Lebanon Family Planning. The offices were located at 411 North 8th Street. The agency was formed as a result of needs identified in the Lebanon community:

  • lack of female providers in the county for reproductive health care
  • citizens traveling to other counties for family planning services

During the first year, the agency served 300 women. Services were provided free to the indigent and low-income women.


LFHS began a peer counseling program and hired an educator who worked with local schools to coordinate a peer counseling program. Currently LFHS serves as a resource/consultant for the teen contact/peer mediation programs throughout the county.


LFHS added the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the Department of Agriculture and
administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.


The name was changed from Lebanon Family Planning to Lebanon Family Health Services (LFHS) to reflect the diversity of services being offered.


LFHS became self-sustaining. Funding for family planning on a national and state level was greatly reduced. The organization began charging full and part fee for services. As a result of the change in fee structure, the agency expanded its targeted population beyond low-income women.


The Medical Awareness for Seniors program (Health Care for the Mature Woman) began in cooperation with the local Area Agency on Aging. The purpose was to serve women 50 years old and older free of charge to screen for reproductive related cancers.


The Cancer Screening, Detection and Education Project was started. The program supplemented our Medical Awareness for Seniors Program.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program began as a special program within the WIC Program to provide clients coupons redeemable for Pennsylvania grown or growable produce.


July—Lebanon Family Health Services assumed the operation of the prenatal program from Hershey Medical Center. The program was and continues to operate in cooperation with the Good Samaritan Family Practice Program.


Fall—LFHS partnered with SARCC (Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center) to form an Alliance Project to begin plans to build a new facility to house both agencies.


The State Health Department began providing free HIV testing at LFHS.

May—LFHS moved to a temporary location, 834 Cumberland Street.


June 3—Groundbreaking for the new facility located at 615 Cumberland Street, Lebanon building shared with SARCC.

October—LFHS received tobacco control grant and training to begin offering “Clean Air For Healthy Children” smoking cessation education.


March—LFHS moved into new facility, co-owned with SARCC located at 615 Cumberland Street.

April—Dedication of the Jeanne Donlevy Arnold building, 615 Cumberland Street.


January—Staff trained by American Lung Association to provide Freedom From Smoking cessation classes to the public through grant from PA Dept of Health and Lebanon County Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

In April—Breastfeeding peer outreach coordinator position began in WIC to promote increased incidence and duration of breastfeeding.


November—LFHS hosted the first annual “Celebrate Your Health…Latin Style” — health fair geared to Latino population.


January—LFHS assumed the state STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) contract for Lebanon County — all individuals regardless of age or income eligible for free STI testing and treatment.


May—LFHS began providing IUD insertions, employment physicals, TB testing, walk in Friday clinics

October—WIC food package revised to include whole grains, fruits and vegetables


February—Added e‑screen drug screening services


April—Hosted “Spring into Health…by making prevention a priority” walk-in STI testing week; served over 400 patients

October: Profit of the Year Award!

October: Fax to Quit Referral program began- referring patients/clients to Quitline for assistance with tobacco cessation services.


40th anniversary for Lebanon Family Health Services – yearlong celebration & launch of new logo/look for LFHS

April: 10 year anniversary at 615 Cumberland Street

August: LFHS adds Sports Physicals to our outpatient physical servicesOctober 2013

October: LFHS expands tobacco services to Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties through Southeast tobacco program in addition to Lebanon County services funded by ALA

October: Partner with Lebanon Ridge for ACA marketplace enrollment provided in LFHS facility.

June 1st annual Cocktails and Comedy event held at the Cornwall Inn

August: Sports Physicals added to outpatient physical services

September: 40th Anniversary-Family Fun Walk and Benefit Classical Music Concert

October: 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Annual Dinner

October: Expanded tobacco control services to Berks, Lancaster and Schuylkill counties

November: Partner with Lebanon Ridge for ACA marketplace enrollment provided at LFHS


May: WIC celebrates 40th Anniversary nationally

June: 1st Annual Cocktails and Comedy event held at the Cornwall Inn

July: Initiated WE CAN (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) Program

July: 25th Annual Erma M. Kapp Memorial Golf Tournament held at Royal Oaks Golf Club

November: 10th Annual Celebrate Your Health Latin Style health fair held at Lebanon Middle School

March: LFHS is recipient of NFPRHA National Grant to support ACA enrollment efforts

April: 1st annual Splash of Color fundraising event held at the Lebanon Country Club

May: LFHS partners with Lebanon Valley Family YMCA to provide education in youth center


June: The first annual “Farm to Table” event to promote WIC Farmer’s market Nutrition Program

June: Select Plan program ends

July: LFHS begins fingerprinting services

July: Electronic Health Records, Practice Management System “goes live” July 1

July: State Plan Amendment (SPA) Program begins July 1

October: Urgent Care Services begins; name later changed to Convenient Care

November: ACA open enrollment, year 3 begins November 1; LFHS staff/volunteers trained as Certified Application Counselors (CAC’s)

June: LFHS begins providing Diabetes Prevention Program

From client to advocate

The WIC checks not only helped my family budget, but I learned so much about how to be healthy and feed my children in a healthy way.

Read Maggie’s story



PLEASE NOTE:  LFHS remains open with adjustments made to our WIC program. For the safety of all visitors to LFHS, please see the guidelines for the use of masks. 

Please continue to follow the recommended precautions of hand washing, covering your mouth/nose if you sneeze and practicing social distancing. Also, be aware of public health tips for safer sex. Finally, stay informed about the signs/symptoms of Coronavirus infection and the local resources being put in place at WellSpan. For this information, visit their website .

Information on Lebanon County Emergency Resources.

  • Fall classes

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    Classes Beginning ONLINE September 14



    Call (717)273‑6741 ext. 224

  • STI Clinic: COVID-19 Modifications


    Free Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing and Treatment Clinics

    In order to ensure patient safety, this year’s clinic has been modified to ensure social distancing practices. Therefore, all patients must make an appointment and wear a mask when visiting the office. All participants will receive a $20 gift card.

    Monday October 26, 2020

    *All days will have morning hours (8:30am-12:30) & afternoon hours (1:30pm‑5:30)

    *Must Schedule an appointment to attend.