Access to Affordable Health Care

How do we Improve Access to Affordable Health Care Outcomes for Eastern Jackson County Residents?

Current Situation: Access to Affordable Health Care in EJC

Having access to affordable health care influences the health or a community overall. The following data provides a snapshot of the current situation related to access to affordable health care for our residents. 

In 2016, 10.3% of EJC residents did not have health insurance.

The highest percent of resident who are without insurance are those aged 18 to 34.

Utilization of Emergency Rooms are highest in ZIP Codes in Independence, Sugar Creek, Buckner, Raytown, and Grandview.

Medicaid utilization is highest for areas in Independence and Sugar Creek. 

Approximately 12.1% of EJC residents are living below the poverty level. Of those living in poverty, 55.7% are female. 

In EJC, some Census Tracts have high percents of households where the cost of housing exceeds 30% of the Household Income. 

In 2016, 5.7% of EJC residents are unemployed which is the lowest it has been since 2012. 

Fort Osage and Independence had the highest rates of students who are classified as homeless. 

Census Tracts on the west side of EJC have the highest percent of households without a vehicle. 

There are three Federally Qualified Health Centers in EJC.

Three Year Work Plan 

Goal: Improve Access to Primary and Specialty Care, Including Oral and Behavioral Health Through Awareness, Education, and Coordination.

Objective 1: Improve the community's capacity to navigate health coverage and increase health literacy by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Increase the number of individuals participating in open enrollment activities across social service agencies by 10% by 2022. 

Baseline: DATA COLLECTION IN PROGRESS

Target: 10% Increase

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 2: Increase percent of EJC residents enrolled in health insurance coverage by 5% in 2022.                                                               

Baseline: 89.70%

Target: 94.20%

Current Status: 89.70% of Residents Enrolled in Health Insurance 

Strategies

+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 1.1: Create cross organization communications plan to promote health insurance coverage.

X     Assess community resources and information for communications plan to promote health insurance coverage. 

   Identify partnerships for communications plan development. 

   Create messages and materials with appropriate health literacy levels. 

X     Host planning meeting to complete communications plan to promote health insurance.  

X     Implement communications plan on health insurance.

Strategy 1.2: Promote community events on health care navigation and open enrollment. 

X     Develop calendar of events related to health care navigation and open enrollment. 

X     Create messaging and materials to promote community events and information on open enrollment. 

X     Implement promotion campaign on open enrollment events. 

X     Establish long term plan to continue to update events and messaging for future enrollment. 

Objective 2: Increase access to health services through coordination and system improvements among providers and organizations by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Increase the percentage of EJC residents established with a primary care provider by 2% by 2022. 

Baseline: DATA COLLECTION IN PROGRESS

Target: 2% Increase

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 2: 50% of community health worker collaborations participating in the developed network by 2022. 

Baseline: 0% Participating

Target: 50% Participating

Current Status: Network Does Not Exist

Indicator 3: Referral system between social services and health services pilot tested by 2022. 

Baseline: Referral System Does Not Exist

Target: Referral System Pilot Tested

Current Status: System Does Not Exist

Strategies

+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 2.1: Assess the reach and scope of social service agencies to determine gaps in service.

X     Analyze safety net services in EJC. 

X     Present findings to key stakeholders working in EJC. 

Strategy 2.2: Create alliance among community health worker collaborations. 

X     Identify community health worker collaborations.

X     Set up meeting and networking opportunities across health worker collaborations. 

X     Create community health worker network. 

Strategy 2.3: Create partnership to implement referral system between health and social service agencies and resources.

X     Identify health and social service stakeholders.

X     Assess current systems for referrals between health and social service agencies. 

X     Hold meetings to discuss referral system with key stakeholders.

   Create a proposal for referral system between health and social service agencies. 

Objective 3: Increase awareness among organizations and providers regarding social determinants of health (SDoH) and health equity by 2022. 

Indicator 1: Increase awareness of health equity among participating providers by 10% by 2022. 

Baseline: DATA COLLECTION IN PROGRESS

Target: 10% Increase

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 2: Increase awareness of SDoH among participating providers by 25% by 2022. 

Baseline: DATA COLLECTION IN PROGRESS

Target: 25% Increase

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Indicator 3: Increase use of health literacy techniques among participating providers by 25% by 2022. 

Baseline: DATA COLLECTION IN PROGRESS

Target: 25% Increase

Current Status: Baseline Data Not Yet Collected

Strategies

+  Completed      #  In Progress      =  On Hold      X  Not Started

Strategy 3.1: Increase awareness of research and reports related to social determinants of health and health equity providers.

X     Conduct assessment of current awareness of SDoH among EJC providers.

X     Identify organizations researching and reporting on the SDoH. 

X     Provider education to health and social service providers on SDoH and health equity in their service area. 

X     Conduct post-assessment of awareness of SDoH among same providers. 

Strategy 3.2: Develop programming related to health equity for organizations and providers. 

X     Create materials for a health equity training toolkit. 

   Implement health equity training toolkit. 

   Conduct post-assessment among participating providers utilizing the health equity training toolkit. 

Strategy 3.3: Train health care providers on techniques to improve health literacy and patient empowerment. 

   Assess current health literacy trainings available for providers.

X     Implement health literacy and patient empowerment training identified for providers.

   Conduct assessment on participating providers.