Healthy communities promote the well-being of their citizens by working to ensure people can:
- Access high quality, affordable healthcare
- Engage in healthy behaviors
- Have equitable opportunities for social and economic health
- Live in a healthy environment
The KHC has worked on a variety of community health priorities over the years including obesity, chronic disease, tobacco, and diabetes. Our initiatives tackling these problems can be accessed by members.
Our most recent initiatives have focused on:
In the United States, disparities in health outcomes are prominent and growing.
Historical and contemporary social, structural, and political factors have created these disparities by limiting access to resources and opportunities for certain groups in our society. Achieving health equity involves breaking down these barriers and making sure that all people have access to the resources they need to achieve their full health potential.
The KHC is working to close health disparities and ensure that all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, income, identity, and geography – have access to high value healthcare and exceptional health outcomes.
Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder
Our community faces alarming rates of mental health issues and substance use disorders.
The barriers individuals face in getting mental health services are many, and go well beyond the healthcare delivery system. Stigma is still a huge obstacle to overcome.
With increasing suicide rates, opioid overdose deaths, and mental health issues, it is imperative for employers, payers, and providers to ensure individuals have access to high quality mental health services and treatment. Mental health and substance use disorders are under-identified, under-paid, and under-treated, ultimately leading to poorer quality of life and increased healthcare costs.
The KHC is working to drive improved access to high quality, affordable mental health and substance use disorder services.
The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the urgent need to invest in public health and to transform, adapt, and innovate to advance a high quality, safe, affordable, and equitable healthcare system.
During the pandemic, our day-to-day life was significantly disrupted, and many of the systems and patterns that provided us security were unstable. The pandemic highlighted the fact that certain populations were disproportionately vulnerable to contracting the virus and to the effects of infrastructure changes made to control its spread.
Throughout the pandemic, the KHC worked with its members providing support, resources. and education on the community’s biggest priorities to navigate unprecedented times.
The Kentucky Core Healthcare Measures Set (KCHMS) was established in 2018 as a mechanism to collect and monitor healthcare quality measures in Kentucky and Kentuckiana. The current KCHMS is a set of 42 primary care measures that were developed with the intent to align measurement efforts in the Commonwealth towards […]
(Note: This guest blog post was written by Misha Rhodes, MD, Chief Medical Officer, KY and IN, CenterWell Senior Primary Care) I remember the idealistic view I had of the medical profession when I was in med school. Like most of my classmates, I saw the practice of medicine as […]
The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative’s staff recently met to review the 2023-2025 Board-approved strategic plan to determine the best path forward to implement the plan and fulfill KHC’s mission. Like others in the healthcare industry, along with employers and community members, we recognize that maternal health, obesity, and mental health in […]