As a member of Adventist Health System, Shawnee Mission Health operates as a not-for-profit organization focused on improving the health of the community it serves.
Every three years we conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment to determine the major needs in our area. This data is then used to develop a Community Health Plan to improve residents’ health through education, research, financial assistance, special clinical and non-clinical programs, and the provision of spiritual resources. These services, referred to as community benefits, are offered without regard to profit. Their sole purpose is to strengthen the well-being of the community and to aid vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and underprivileged.
In 2013, we conducted our first CHNA and 2014-2016 Community Health Plan with oversight from our community CHNA committee. The Community Health Plan’s progress is continually monitored and presented annually to the hospital board. The annual community benefit report, the 2016 CHNA and the 2014-2016 Community Health Plan can be found below:
In fall 2015, we partnered with Johnson County Health and Environment to conduct a second CHNA. This two-phase research included a primary report of door-to-door surveys in the SMH primary service areas of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties, and a secondary report developed for the SMH geographical area that incorporates national, state and county data. This primary and secondary research, as well as hospital-specific data, served as the backdrop for the analysis to determine which priorities to address in the 2016 CHNA and 2017-2019 Community Health Plan.
Using this research, the community CHNA committee, along with the support of SMH leadership, identified the following health priorities to be addressed in the 2017-2019 Community Health Plan:
- Mental health
- Access to care
- Chronic disease and risk reduction
- Poor pregnancy outcomes in low income and underserved communities.