In 2017, a variety of organizations across the Ozarks reconvened under the umbrella of the Ozarks Health Commission to assess the health needs of our region. Building upon the success of the 2016 Regional Health Assessment, partners again sought to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the populations they serve.
This 2019 Assessment combines more than 140 hospital and community data indicators as well as feedback from stakeholders and the broader community. This process resulted in three priorities: lung disease, cardiovascular disease and mental health. Weaving among the issues identified were five common threads: access to health care, mental health, physical activity, social determinants of health and tobacco use. Additionally, the health status of populations of interest—such as people in poverty, minorities and the elderly--were also analyzed.
For the purposes of this Assessment, the Joplin Community is made up of Barton, Cherokee, Crawford, Jasper, Labette, McDonald, Newton, Ottawa, and Vernon counties.