Alice Yoder, Commissioner
Alice Yoder was elected to the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in 2023.
Alice started her professional career as a critical care registered nurse, working in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh. It is during that time when she began thinking that creating health was more than treating people when they are sick, and focused most of her graduate work on health promotion, wellness, and disease prevention.
In 1992, she developed the Wellness Center at Lancaster General Health, providing programs to LGH employees, over 200 businesses, and the community at large. In addition, Ms. Yoder initiated a county-wide health needs assessment that is conducted every 5 years, and, in collaboration with internal and external partners, developed strategic community health improvement plans.
Over several decades, she has been fortunate to work with amazingly talented people, both within the organization and the County. Alice played a key role in the startup and operationalizing of such programs as:
- Project Access Lancaster County (PALCO) a medical care collaborative involving all county hospitals and clinics, providing care prior to the Affordable Care Act for people who are low-income but do not quality for Medical Assistance
- Lancaster County’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program
- Lancaster County’s Child Sexual Assault Center, Nurse Family Partnership Program (providing life-long health and self-sufficient for mother and child)
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Refugee Health Coalition and Clinic
- Let’s Talk, Lancaster (mental health coalition focused on reducing mental health stigma and increasing services)
- Joining Forces Lancaster County (coordinating efforts to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin)
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was co-administrative lead for mass COVID-19 testing tents, County Contact Tracing and outreach clinics that specifically served communities of color and rural communities.
When there was more and more evidence that where a person lived not only impacted their economic well-being, but their health as well, Alice dove into the planning process and was appointed to the West Hempfield Planning Commission in 2003 and served for 13 years. In 2016, she was appointed to the Lancaster County Planning Commission where she served for eight years, ending her term as Chair in 2021. During that time, Alice also served as Vice Chair of the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC), and was actively involved in the development of the County’s new Comprehensive Plan, Places2040.
Alice has also served on several boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Commission for Children and Families, the Governor’s Advisory Board of Health and the Governor’s Health Innovation Workgroup, as Chair of the PA Cancer Coalition, Vice-Chair of the PA Health Improvement Steering Committee, on the Lancaster City Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, Hunger-Free Lancaster County Board, Partnership for Public Health, Lancaster Equity Board, and the Coalition for Sustainable Housing.
Ms. Yoder has presented at multiple National, State and Local conferences, provided legislative testimonies and keynote addresses related to such topics as healthcare issues, prevention/wellness, coalition building, impact of climate change on health, and the importance of policy and systems changes.
In order to effectively implement and sustain solutions to community issues, Alice focuses on building coalitions that bring community organizations together to solve complex multi-sector problems. She is driven by a desire to implement systems and promote programs with community partners that improve lives for all people in Lancaster County.
Alice is the recipient of several honors and awards during her career including:
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health COVID-19, Healthcare Leadership Award (2021)
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health CEO Award (2020)
Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Achievement Award (2019)
Foster G. McGaw Prize Winner for Excellence in Community Service, Lead Administrator (2018)
Water Street Mission, Restorer of the City Award (2018)
Mount Saint Mary College Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
PA Nightingale Award Finalist (2014)
Central Penn Business Journal, 25th Anniversary / 25 Women of Influence (2010)
Exemplary Leadership Award, Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (2008)
Community Service Leadership Award, XiChi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (2006)
Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Achievement Award, Lancaster General Domestic Violence Employee Initiative (2006)
Elaine J. Washington Award, Urban League of Lancaster County (2005)
Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, Healthy Heroes Awards (2002)
Alice lives in West Hempfield Township with her husband, and has two children, a dog, horses and lots of chickens.