Group of community members meeting for the Community Health Needs Assessment

Improving the Health of our Community

Every three years, Olathe Health conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment. We use this research and community input to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan to address the high-priority health needs of our residents.

Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center Invites You to Provide Input About Healthcare Needs

Please join us at the Town Hall in Paola or Olathe. The information discussed at the Town Hall will be part of a final public report, called the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

“The health of our community is a priority for our entire health system,” Frank H. Devocelle, President/CEO of Olathe Health, said. "We hope the community and health professionals will take advantage of this opportunity to provide input into the future of healthcare delivery in our service areas.”

This year's CHNA is an update to the CHNA completed in 2015, and it will meet the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act regulations stating non-profit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment and adopt an implementation strategy at least once every three years.This report will provide guidance to address each county’s healthcare needs. The goal is to help OMC and MCMC understand its progress in addressing community health needs cited in the 2015 and 2012 reports and to collect up-to-date community health perceptions.

Town Hall information for community residents and business leaders who live in Miami and Linn Counties

Town Hall information for community residents and business leaders who live in Johnson County

What is the Community Health Needs Assessment?

Olathe Health is a committed partner to the overall health of the communities we serve. We work closely with the local schools, nonprofit organizations, county, local and federal government agencies, religious-based groups, health insurers and businesses who all play an integral role in meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of our service area.

In an effort to improve the health of communities, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulated that nonprofit hospitals nationwide, including Olathe Medical Center (OMC) and Miami County Medical Center (MCMC), conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years. Hospitals would then be required to develop and execute an implementation plan to meet the needs identified in this assessment. OMC and MCMC, with the help of VVV Research and Development, conducted this assessment for our primary service areas, and the findings of that assessment are outlined below.

CHNA Process

The first step in performing this assessment was to determine the current health status of the community. This was done by researching and collecting data from many sources such as the census, county health records and behavioral risk factors surveillance. This data was used to uncover public health needs and resources for the service areas.

The next step was to get input from the community. This was done in two ways.

  1. First, a CHNA survey was sent to residents in the service areas. The survey provided residents the opportunity to share their views on a range of healthcare topics and identify the biggest healthcare needs in their community.
  2. Second, 90-minute town hall meetings were held in the primary service areas. At each town hall meeting, residents (including community leaders, representatives from local government, schools, service organizations and health providers) were presented the data on the current health status of their community, engaged in facilitated group discussions and were asked to determine which health priorities were the most important for them.

CHNA Results

The research, survey and town hall meetings helped develop a clearer picture of our service areas and the health priorities of residents. Below is a summary of the major strengths and health need priorities in the primary service area of OMC and MCMC. For the full 2016 report including the results of the research and data collecting, you can click on the links in the top right section of this page.

Priority Health Need Results