The Need for More Health Care

Did you know that there are more than 50,000 Topeka residents who are medically underserved? Many don't realize that Shawnee County is in dire need for expanded community health care. And even fewer know the toll this lack of health care is taking on residents.

According to the findings of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) :

  • Almost 70% of adult residents are either overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk for diabetes, heart attacks or strokes.
  • As many as 17% of adults under the age of 65 do not have health insurance.
  • More than 45% of infants are not fully immunized by age two.
  • While infant mortality in Shawnee County has decreased, the rate is still higher than the state’s (6.8 per 1000 in Shawnee County, 6.4 per 1000 in Kansas).

A 2016 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) found five areas where Shawnee County needs to improve:

  1. Healthy Eating & Active Living
  2. Babies & Youth
  3. Access to Care & Chronic Conditions
  4. Social Determinants
  5. Mental Health & Substance Abuse

It became clear that private, nonprofit management like GraceMed's would provide a better service model for the expansion of care that was clearly needed.

We have a proven record for growing capacity for quality health care among underserved populations. We currently serve one in every 10 patients in Wichita and one of every 20 community health patients statewide. Our plan for growth in Topeka starts with a five-year goal to increase the 5,000 residents currently being served to 25,000.