We’ve all been exposed to the impacts and uncertainties surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Pershing Health System is no exception. The ACA is and will continue to have considerable influence in health care. One provision within the ACA that you may not have heard of is the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The CHNA directly affects non-profit entities and their servicing communities. As a non-profit organization, Pershing Health System has been challenged to define the needs of the community and develop a plan moving forward to address the unmet needs of our community. We are pleased to share that we are succeeding in this challenge and have completed our CHNA of Linn County and are working on our implementation plan to help meet the unmet health needs of Linn County.
This process is a collaborative process and has involved hours of assessment of vital community statistics and participation with area agencies and service providers to determine areas of vulnerability within the county. Information from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, and the Missouri Hospital Association has provided primary data on areas such as poverty, obesity, health risk factors, smoking, and access to care. Additionally interviews with area agencies including representatives of the Linn County Health Department, Linn County school districts, and community service providers allowed for a sharing of needs and concerns within the community. From the combination of these sources Pershing Health System has been able to identify the primary unmet health needs of the community and begin formatting plans and partnerships to address these vulnerabilities.
One area that is especially important is helping children in poverty and providing access to health care. As a remedy to this need, Pershing Health System will offer free Wellness Exams during four weekend events at the Applegate Medical Group office. These events will take place on Saturday, July 13th & 27th and Saturday, August 10th & 24th. During the Wellness Exam events, any child who lives within a school district of Linn County is eligible to receive a free wellness exam which can include the MSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation if the student chooses. There will be no copays or fees for the free wellness exam or MSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation during these Wellness Exams events. The exams will be offered only on the designated dates (July 13th & 27th and August 10th & 24th) from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Applegate Medical Group office which is located on the lower level of the Applegate Medical Building at 125 E. Lockling in Brookfield. Exams will be provided by one of our three nurse practitioners and will be available on a first come, first served basis. As we anticipate a large response, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during the events. For more information about the Free Wellness Exam events, please contact Lorna Woodside, Clinic Manager, at 660-258-1041 or email@example.com. Please keep in mind the free Wellness Exam events are open to any child, age 3 up to high school senior, of any Linn County school district and there is no charge for the exam. A parent or guardian will need to accompany the child for consent and registration.
Pershing Health System is a proud provider of health care to our community and as we move forward with the implementation of our Community Health Needs Assessment, we look forward to your participation and feedback. We have posted our Community Health Needs Assessment on our website www.pershinghealthsystem.com and invite everyone to take a look and let us know what you think.