Community Health Needs Assessment
In 2016, community partners gathered to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the populations they serve. This is how the Community Health Needs Assessment was born. Now, every 3 years, the Ozarks Health Commission convenes to reassess the health of our region.
This 2022 Assessment combines more than 140 hospital and community data indicators as well as feedback from stakeholders and the broader community. As a result of the process, the communities will identify priority health issues.
Additionally, the health status of certain populations of interest—such as people in poverty, minorities and the elderly–will be analyzed.
Collectively, the assessments span 3 states—Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas—30 counties and 3 hospital systems. This footprint will be referred to throughout the report as the OHC Region.
Assessed Health Issues
Local data on factors that impact health was used to determine the Assessed Health Issues (AHI). Community stakeholders were gathered to discuss each AHI. Theses issues were then weighed and scored based on their morbidity and mortality, the feasibility of addressing them locally, and the readiness of local leaders and stakeholders to address them. The final scores of all AHIs will then be used to determine the final Prioritized Health Issues (PHI) for the 2022 report.
Throughout this assessment, several common threads emerged that impact multiple health issues. The Ozarks Health Commission used the Socioecological Model as a framework to examine the impact of these factors.
Education Access & Quality
Healthcare Access & Quality
Neighborhood & Built Environment
Other Social Factors