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Published on August 15, 2018

Public Input Needed for Community Health Needs Assessment

Northland Health Alliance LogoThe Northland Health Alliance, an organization composed of local health organizations including North Kansas City Hospital, is seeking input for the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment from those who live, work or frequently visit the Northland. The public can participate by completing this survey.

The Northland Health Alliance wants to learn the public’s perspective on the health of its community. The Community Health Needs Assessment brings together information from a variety of sources to help identify strategies to address community health needs. 

Improving the health of a community is widely understood to be a collaborative effort. The effort may begin with public health officials and healthcare providers. But to have an impact, it must also engage a diverse group of community partners. Broad community participation, across organizations and individuals, provides the benefit of collective thinking which can open the door to new, effective ideas for creating sustainable change. 

The input and data collected from the 2015 Community Health Assessment guided the Northland Health Alliance community health goals and strategies for the past three years. Among the many initiatives, the Northland Health Alliance accomplished increasing access to care by implementing The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program in local schools and creating a website to direct the community to resources.

Take the Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

While the Northland Health Alliance currently needs community participation by completing the health needs survey, the ability to elaborate and provide additional feedback will be available at community forums that will take place later this year. For more information about the survey or the Community Health Needs Assessment, please visit www.northlandkchealthalliance.org

About the Northland Health Alliance

The Northland Health Alliance (NHA) was created in 2014 by local health organizations interested in improving the health and quality of life of residents in the Northland. Every 3 years, the Northland Health Alliance conducts a Community Health Assessment. The Northland Health Alliance is comprised of the following organizations: Clay County Public Health Center, Liberty Hospital, North Kansas City Hospital, Northland Health Care Access, Platte County Health Department, Saint Luke’s North Hospital, Samuel Rodgers Health Center, Tri-County Mental Health Services, Excelsior Springs Hospital, Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Signature Psychiatric Hospital.

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 492 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs and advanced cancer treatment options, including world-class care through a partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with more than 140 physicians and 30 advanced practitioners in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellnessprograms. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.