WHY ACCESSING AND UTILIZING HEALTH CARE?
Accessing health services can increase overall health status and quality of life while preventing diseases, disability, and premature death in a community.1 Respondents to the CHA Survey identified “Access to Health Care” as the #4 overall health need in Hendricks County,2 and partners identified it as the #2 health improvement priority area for Hendricks County.3
Almost 50% of CHA Survey respondents faced at least one challenge to receiving health care.2 Additionally, during focus groups and town hall meetings, participants identified access to health services, which includes lack of health services in rural areas of the county, affordability of care, and health insurance, as one of their top concerns.4 Lastly, participants in the Forces of Change Assessment identified both threats (lack of public transportation and available health care providers) and opportunities (telemedicine technology) around access to health care in the county.5
In addition to the public identifying access to health care as an issue, secondary data shows additional barriers to accessing and utilizing health care. A total of 13% of the adult population and 6.7% of the youth population lack health insurance.6,7 Additionally, screening rates for health conditions remain low, ranging from 66.6% (mammography screening for Medicare recipients) to 79.6% (cervical cancer screening for females).8,9 Lastly, over 12% of adults lack a consistent source of primary care.10
Additional information about accessing and utilizing health care can be found in the 2016 Hendricks County Community Health Assessment.
PRIORITY AREA LEADERS AND PARTNERS
PRIORITY AREA LEADER: Betsey Thompson, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hendricks Regional Health
PRIORITY AREA PARTNERS: Hendricks Regional Health, MDWise, Hope Healthcare Services, First Light Home Care, Home Health Care Solutions, Managed Health Services, IU Health West, Kindred Healthcare, Hendricks County Health Department, Hendricks County Senior Services
2016-2016 WORK PLAN
GOAL: By December 31, 2018, decrease the percentage of Hendricks County adults who lack a consistent source of primary care from 12.49% to 10% as reported by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
SHORT-TERM OBJECTIVE: Through December 31, 2018, identify three key messages related to health literacy (e.g. when to use an ER versus when to use Urgent Care) to assist residents in developing an understanding of basic health information and services, in order to make appropriate health decisions.
Identify three key messages (e.g. when to use an ER versus when to use Urgent Care) related to health literacy. Consult area hospitals and those working with populations without primary care providers and/or insurance to discuss what messages would be the most helpful.
Develop education messaging such as flyers, brochures, or info-graphics.
Identify locations where populations congregate and where educational material would be useful. Market materials to target populations.
MID-TERM OBJECTIVE: By December 31, 2017, develop a resource guide of primary care providers and related health resources in Hendricks County as reported by the Accessing and Utilizing Health Care work group.
Identify health and wellness care services and community agencies and/or programs that provide health care and/or social service assistance in Hendricks County.
Identify the best method for maintaining and distributing this list to the public. Promote the list to social service agencies and the general public.
LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE: By December 31, 2018, enroll 500 uninsured (i.e. no insurance anytime within the last 12 months) Hendricks County adults into health insurance as reported by the Accessing and Utilizing Health Care work group.
Identify populations and/or areas within Hendricks County that lack health insurance.
Identify locations where populations congregate (e.g. college campus) and/or available public spaces or community centers.
Host and market health insurance enrollment events at those locations.
Develop messaging and marketing materials informing target populations where they can go to enroll in health insurance or who they can speak with about enrolling into health insurance.
Distribute health insurance enrollment materials and information to key community partners who interact with target populations (e.g. food pantries, township trustees).
Hope Healthcare Services provides medical and dental care to Hendricks County residents without health insurance.
Hendricks Regional Health is a full-service hospital in Danville with an emergency department (ER) and services in primary and urgent care, orthopedics, sports medicine, cardiology, women’s health services, cancer, pediatrics, childbirth and surgery.
IU Health West is a full-service hospital in Avon with an emergency department (ER) and services in primary and urgent care, cancer, critical care, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, health and vascular care, infectious diseases, radiology, maternity, neurology, orthopedics, and pain management.
The Hendricks County Health Department provides immunizations to children and adults with or without insurance; free HIV/STD testing every third Thursday of the month; free tobacco cessation program for pregnant women and their partners through BABY & ME – Tobacco Free™; and TB testing for a fee or limited billing.
Hendricks County Senior Services provides personal care services, transportation, and information and referral for health care and insurance, and maintains a limited medical equipment loaning closet for Hendricks County older adults and their caregivers.
Indiana Rural Health Association provides information and services to businesses and organizations providing health services to rural areas in Indiana.
The Hendricks County Division of Family Resources assists residents with applying for health coverage through Medicaid.
MDWise provides health insurance plans and enrollment help for Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan.
Managed Health Services is a managed care entity serving the Health Indiana Plan, Hoosier Healthwise, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Hoosier Care Connect.
Covering Kids and Families is a statewide organization committed to ensuring that all children and families eligible for Medicaid programs are enrolled.
Hoosier Healthwise (HHW) is the State of Indiana’s health care program for children, pregnant women, and families with low income.
HIP is an affordable health insurance program from the State of Indiana for qualified uninsured adults.
Medicaid provides health care coverage to nearly 1 million Indiana residents, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for adults age 65 and older and for people under age 65 with qualifying disabilities.
The Marketplace helps people without health coverage enroll in a health insurance plan or other health care coverage based on eligibility.
Need a service not listed above? Contact us at HendricksHealthPartnership@gmail.com or (317) 745-9618 to find out if other services may be available to serve your needs.
1. Healthy People 2020. (2016). Access to health services: overview. Retrieved from http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/Access-to-Health-Services.
2. Hendricks County Health Partnership. (2015). 2015 Hendricks County community health assessment survey results: Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
3. Hendricks County Health Partnership. (2015). Hendricks County community health improvement process priority area voting and discussion results: Microsoft Word document.
4. Hendricks County Health Partnership. (2015). Public meetings and key informant interviews summary: Microsoft Word document.
5. Hendricks County Health Partnership. (2015). 2015 Hendricks County forces of change assessment – brainstorming and threats and opportunities discussion results: Microsoft Word document.
6. County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. (2015). Indiana 2015: uninsured adults. Retrieved from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/indiana/2015/measure/additional/3/data.
7. Kids Count Data Center. (2016). Uninsured children under age 19: Indiana. Retrieved from http://www.datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/5644-uninsured-children-under-age-19?loc=16&loct=2#detailed/5/2292-2383/true/36,868,867,133,38/1536,1537/12236.
8. Community Commons. (2016). Community health needs assessment health indicators report – clinical care: cancer screening – mammogram. Retrieved from http://assessment.communitycommons.org/CHNA/report?page=4&id=511&reporttype=libraryCHNA.
9. Community Commons. (2016). Community health needs assessment health indicators report – clinical care: cancer screening – pap test. Retrieved from http://assessment.communitycommons.org/CHNA/report?page=4&id=510&reporttype=libraryCHNA.
10. Community Commons. (2016). Community health needs assessment health indicators report – clinical care: lack of a consistent source of primary care. Retrieved from http://assessment.communitycommons.org/CHNA/report?page=4&id=504&reporttype=libraryCHNA.