Regional Health Care Assessment

Allen County, Kansas

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 13,212
  • Median Household Income: $38,712
  • Poverty Rate: 18.0%
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
  • Uninsured Population: 11.8%

Cass County, Missouri

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 100,339
  • Median Household Income: $61,046
  • Poverty Rate: 9.6%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
  • Uninsured Population: 9.7%

Clay County, Missouri

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 227,984
  • Median Household Income: $61,184
  • Poverty Rate: 9.3%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
  • Uninsured Population: 10.1%

Jackson County, Missouri

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 678,167
  • Median Household Income: $46,917
  • Poverty Rate: 17.5%
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
  • Uninsured Population: 14.6%

Johnson County, Kansas

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 560,025
  • Median Household Income: $75,017
  • Poverty Rate: 6.5%
  • Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
  • Uninsured Population: 7.2%

Lafayette County, Missouri

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 33,069
  • Median Household Income: $51,195
  • Poverty Rate: 10.7%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
  • Uninsured Population: 10.0%

Leavenworth County, Kansas

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 77,687
  • Median Household Income: $64,909
  • Poverty Rate: 10.8%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
  • Uninsured Population: 7.8%

Miami County, Kansas

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 32,765
  • Median Household Income: $60,622
  • Poverty Rate: 9.3%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
  • Uninsured Population: 7.3%

Platte County, Missouri

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 92,149
  • Median Household Income: $68,638
  • Poverty Rate: 7.4%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
  • Uninsured Population: 8.1%

Ray County, Missouri

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 23,166
  • Median Household Income: $51,585
  • Poverty Rate: 15.6%
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
  • Uninsured Population: 9.3%

Wyandotte County, Kansas

Quick Facts

  • 2015 Population: 159,466
  • Median Household Income: $39,326
  • Poverty Rate: 24.3%
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
  • Uninsured Population: 22.5%

Background

Working on behalf of the REACH Healthcare Foundation, MARC's Research Services department recently completed a biannual analysis of health data and trends in the Greater Kansas City region.

Three principal stories emerged from the report:

  • The region is doing a better job of managing chronic diseases. Death rates for many diseases are declining.
  • Despite this overall improvement, vulnerable populations tend to have disproportionately poorer health outcomes. Rapid growth in vulnerable populations — particularly those in poverty and racial/ethnic minorities — makes addressing these disparities critical for continued improvement in regional health.
  • Implementaton of the federal health insurance exchange has significantly reduced the number of uninsured in the region.

Secondary findings include:

  • Although there are broad improvements in many medical categories, that is not the case for obesity and diabetes, where prevalence remains high. These are often complicating factors in a host of other health outcomes.
  • Mental health remains an issue with increasing incidence. Deaths from suicide are on the rise.

 

The report covers two overlapping geographies — the REACH Healthcare Foundation service area and the MARC region — that encompass 11 counties: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray in Missouri, and Allen, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte in Kansas.

It focuses particularly on medically vulnerable populations — people who, because of income, race or ethnicity, lack of health insurance, age, disability, or limited English, may be more likely to experience health issues or have difficulty accessing quality health care.

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Data is the most current available as of September 2017.

 

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