Planning to attend a conversation?
Review information from our education stations below to help you prepare.
Questions to consider:
Are you satisfied with the quality and types of health care services in your community?
Is there a service you need, but can't get at the hospital or the primary care center?
Do you routinely travel for necessary services? If so, which services?
Are you open to new approaches for delivering your health care?
Health Is More Than Health Care
We know factors such as economic stability, physical environment and neighborhood, education, access to food, and social opportunities play a bigger role in the overall health of a person than health care. As we look to the future, what are ways we can support the overall well-being of a person, not just the medical treatment?
Why Community Conversations?
In recognition of the shifting environment for rural hospitals and the impact that shift will have on the well-being of rural Kansas communities, the project aims to create a community conversation in a select number of rural Kansas communities. The goal of the conversations is to gauge the level of understanding and awareness that community members have about the challenges facing rural hospitals, to provide education about those challenges, and to ascertain how receptive the community is to exploring alternative healthcare delivery models. Community members may need to accept changes for their hospital to survive, so it is important that they understand the threats, but the discussions must be handled with delicacy and tact so as not to create undue concern about the immediate future.
The goal of our project approach is to create a non-threatening, educational, engaging forum for community conversations around their health services, needs, and gaps that have traditionally been filled by hospitals. The primary engagement approach will be through two meetings: one with invited stakeholders and the other an open meeting for the community.
2022 "Future of Rural Health Care in Kansas" presentation
2021 The Journal article, "Emergency model offers way for rural hospitals to hang on"
2021 The Hutchinson News article, "Regional conversations planned on new rural hospital model"