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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 2019 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
- Mental health (diagnosis / screening / data /treatment / after care)
- Opioid / Drug Abuse (Meth & Marijuana) & Vaping
- Chronic Care Management
- Suicide Prevention
- HealthCare Transportation
- Affordable Access to Insurance
- Homeless shelters
- Obesity (Exercise & Healthy eating)
- Health Wellness & Prevention
- Mental Health (Screen, Treatment, Rehab)
- Drugs / Opioids
- Food insecurity
- Suicide Prevention
- Local Specialty Care (Neuro, NEP, Pulm, Endo & Pod)
- Obesity (Nutrition/ Exercise)
- Senior Care
- Housing (Affordable / Safe)
- HC Transportation
Community Health Improvement Plans
Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center developed Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) to address the top health need priorities identified through the CHNA assessment. The OMC Board of Trustees and MCMC Board of Trustees approved the CHIPs in December 2019. They are available below, and we will post updates to keep the community aware of our progress.