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First Quarter 2019

The hospital was busy this quarter at the 19th Annual Health Fair that took place on March 30. The Hutchinson Regional Health System supports the fair along with the Soroptimist International organization. Information booths on a variety of health issues and products were provided. There was also a wide assortment of screening examines. The exams and all of the information were provided free of charge. Click here to view the amount of traffic at each booth, along with the number of screenings and referrals that were made to the visitor's primary care provider. If the visitor did not have a primary care provider, the PrairieStar Health Center was on site and able to help visitors schedule an appointment to follow up the following week.

First Quarter 2018

  • Heal Purpose: To inspire and advance policy, systems, and environment changes that make it easier for Reno County residents to lead healthy lives.

Second Quarter 2018

  • Three of the community partners including the HRHS, have kicked off a pre-diabetes program. The initial group will start in June. This group will be our pilot group to fine tune the program. The program goals are to reduce body weight by 5-7% and increase physical activity to 150 min per week. Knowing that 1 out of 3 Americans have diabetes, implementing a program to prevent diabetes is addressing many health issues that may develop, if the diabetes is not addressed in the Pre-Stages.
  • Established a Community Opioid Collaborative. This collaborative will work on establishing community wide programs on prescribing practices, alternative symptom management, and addressing the mental health issues that go with pain management. Initial goals are to review current practices throughout the community providers and determine best practices. Long term we would like to see the Collaborative be able to develop a wrap-around approach to optimize success in management of pain.
  • Work has started on the 2018 Community Health Need Assessment. Plans are to conduct the survey in 3rd Quarter of 2018. This will allow time for assessment of the results and building goals for the next three years with the new information from this year's assessment.
  • Hospital is participating in a community Pre-Diabetes program. The pilot group of clients have kicked off the first class. Issues have been identified. The facilities are working on the BC/BS Pathway grant to obtain funding to enlarge the teaching staff and to be able to provide incentives for motivation for the members of the pilot group. The hospital is working with the Hutchinson ClinicPrairie Star Health Center and the Reno County Health Department.
  • The hospital continues to provide members to participate in the many programs coordinated by the Heal Reno County group. Efforts have been made through the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System to advocate for the mentally ill to keep them from being placed in jail for behavioral issues related to their mental health diagnosis.
  • Plans are in full swing for the Community Health Needs Assessment that will be conducted September 30 and October 1. Current activities are focused on getting volunteers to conduct the surveys and determining the need for focus groups.

Third Quarter 2018

Healthy programs continue to be started and those in place continue to grow.

Workwell Reno County

Step-tember Challenge kicked off in September. Initial last year in the Workwell Reno County was with the Reno County employees and the Buhler USD 313 employees. Both groups saw an increase in participation for this year’s challenge. The program is growing this year by adding another workplace to the challenge. Haven USD 312 employees were added to the challenge. Together with all three workplaces we have 50 teams doing the challenge.

Vitality Team of Reno County

Members of the team have been out canvassing the Kisiwa neighborhood to educate residents regarding the possibility of a northeast trail extension from Plum to Monroe streets. The City of Hutchinson has received approval to pursue a KDOT grant for the extension of the trail. More to come.

Farmer Markets have been created in three locations in the county:

  • Reno County Farmer’s Market at 2nd and Washington in Hutchison
  • Arlington Farm and Art Martkey at 306 W. Main in Arlington.
  • South Hutchinson Farmer’s Market at 401 N. Main in South Hutchinson

The Healthcare Access Taskforce has lead the development and implementation of the Community Health Needs Assessment for 2018. The initial survey was done across Reno County on 9/30/18 and 10/1/2018. The results of that information are being analyzed. This information will be provide guidance as to the focus groups that need to be held to provide additional information and ensure we have assessed all the residents of our county. The Goal is to apply the information learned to the Community Health Improvement Plan, with revisions to current programs, elimination of programs not meeting the needs and creation of new programs to meet new priorities.

The Health and Wellness team submitted their proposal to the Chief Operation Officer this quarter to update the "Tunnel" that the community, hospital employees and visitors to the hospital use for walking. The proposal encompasses aesthetic changes, providing education and motivation for those that use the tunnel as a source of healthy exercise. The Health and Wellness team has submitted an application to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Pathways Grant for partial funding for the project, as well.

Grant Reports


  • 2 schools have submitted school wellness policy grant applications
  • 6 tobacco free parks communities in Reno County
  • 13 worksite wellness pledges
  • 1 healthy restaurant and 1 healthy food retail pledge
  • 448 community perception surveys completed

Kansas Health Foundation – Health Equity

  • Health Equity workgroup is formed and has identified Lincoln neighborhood as focus area for the grant
  • First quarterly grant report has been submitted
  • Currently in phase of gathering information and forming relationships

Workgroup Reports

Vitality Team:

  • New group focus to help advocate for trails
  • Bike workstations installed – Zoo, Crestview Bible Church, Ave. A Park
  • Bike workstations to be installed – State Fair, 43rd & Plum and City of Buhler, all to be purchased with Friends of the Trail funds
  • 2nd Saturday Bike Rides, and Bike to Work Day going strong and will continue
  • Play on Plum Bike Rodeo

Healthy Kids:

  • R.J. Gardner new workgroup chair for 2018
  • New direction for group – advocacy work

Health Care:

  • Restructured team which includes executives from healthcare providers
  • Now a policy driven group
  • Will coordinate the Community Health Assessment
  • In the process of selecting Pathways pledge direction as a team
  • Working to coordinate efforts on what is best for the community

Mental Health:

  • Formed a Stepping Up Council with the goal of reducing the # of mentally ill who are put in jail
  • Working towards a county/city proclamation to become a Stepping Up Community

Worksite Wellness:

  • 13 worksites now meeting monthly
  • Working on the development of  a community worksite wellness portal
  • 10 Worksites attended the Food and Beverage workshop and are working on their plan

Food Policy Council:

  • Working on recruiting new voices to the table to begin work on the creation of a Food System Plan

Healthy Foods:

  • 2 new hoop houses are up in Hutchinson, with 2 more to be installed.  Production of vegetables could start in 2018
  • Working to combine group with Food Policy Council

Tobacco Free Living: 

  • 6 Reno County communities now have tobacco-free parks
  • Producing a tobacco-free parks video to educate residents
  • Adding ½ pagers into youth sports coaches’ packets regarding tobacco-free parks

Heal Structure:

  • Moving towards volunteer chairs/community driven
  • Hutchinson Community Foundation will serve as 2018 Logistical Organization
  • Hutchinson Recreation Commission will serve as 2018 Marketing Organization
  • Advisory Council will meet monthly
  • All members of Advisory Council will attend an annual retreat to develop policy priorities for the year and for their workgroup
  • Members of Advisory Council are encouraged to move towards civic engagement

2017 Successes:

  • Successful school advocacy work
  • New website and list of members
  • Working with people who are doing Pathways pledge work
  • Working to reduce the stigma of mental health/ Stepping Up Community
  • Transitional year with leaders taking responsibility to make an impact
  • Play on Plum and Play Dates in the Park
  • Adding hidden voices to the table who are not usually at the table
  • Looking forward to what lies ahead
  • Wide variety of voices at the table
  • New relationships and partnerships formed

The Healthcare Access Team includes:

  • Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
  • Hutchinson Clinic
  • Prairie Star Healthcare Facility
  • Reno County Health Department
  • Hospice and Homecare of Reno County
  • Horizons Mental Health Center

Fourth Quarter 2018

This quarter has been spent evaluating the progress made from initiatives from the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) / Community Health Improvement Program (CHIP) in 2016. From this information we developed a survey for the triennial survey. The initial survey was conducted 9/30 and 10/1. It consisted of randomly selected houses in Reno County, that volunteers then conducted a face to face interaction to complete the survey on the door steps of the home. Information from that survey is currently being analyzed. The top level analysis indicated the overall health of the community is somewhat healthy. Those surveyed agreed that the community has sufficient opportunities for physical activity and opportunities for healthy eating. There is a lack of knowledge of opportunities for tobacco cessation. Concerns identified were Health, Finance and Community. Those were broad topics and will need to be addressed in a focus review with the public. Those that identified Health as a household concern identified five key areas of concern, Smoking, Health in general, Insurance, Chronic Disease and Other nonspecific issues. The analysis of the initial survey will continue. In the 1Q 2019 the CHNA team will be conducting focus studies on specific topics with designated groups to identify more specific issues. This work will lead to development of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP will lead to actionable programs put in place by the agencies and facilities that participate. Plan is to have the CHIP ready to share with the public in the 1Q 2019. 


First quarter

During the First Quarter 2017, the Taskforce was introduced to a program through Blue Cross-Blue Shield program that offered Hutchinson a healthy community grant.  Organizations within the taskforces agreed to work as together to obtain a grant through the group's work.  The hospital had the opportunity to separately pledge to for a potential grant through the program.  Those will be separate programs that will also blend in with our CHIP program.

The physician clinics continue their work to determine baseline data for both measures - physician office visits that incorporate counseling or education related to physical activity and that utilize BMI in counseling patients about their health. The five physician clinic members of the taskforce will continue their work.

Expanding Behavioral Health into our community systems is being addressed by the Community Mental Health Task Force.  They have several priorities:

  • Working with legislators and local elected representatives to discuss the mental health issues that are impacting Reno Co.
  • Anti-Stigma Campaign for May 2017
  • Present at the First Course monthly Education event
  • Create the foundation for a “Stepping UP” Community

Exploring options for grants for:

  • Community Case Worker models
  • Mobile Screenings throughout the county

Second quarter

The Healthcare Taskforce reviewed some data regarding the community from the HEAL Reno County Advisory.  For the most recent years of data published, 2013-2015, Reno County ranked 64th in Health Outcomes, 65th in Health Factors, rankings are getting worse over the last 7 years, and the percentage of Low-birth weight infants is rising. 

The Hutchinson Clinic and Prairie Star have been working on the physician office visit initiative in getting physical activity, BMI and counseling done with each visit.  They had pulled data from the two groups, but the data is not comparable so it was not useful.  They have decided to look into a shared website for working on sharing patient information.

All the Taskforce members participated in the Soroptomist Health Fair with booths for health screenings, health information, education, lab draws and interactions with the public in different ways regarding healthy discussions.

Reno County Health Department has been awarded a grant for a one year pilot for a Community Health Worker program.  They are working with the hospital to develop the program.

Hospital is developing their BC/BS pledge plan to develop and improve the indoor walking are called “The Tunnel” to encourage more community members and employees to increase activity.

Third quarter

The Healthcare Taskforce attempted to brainstorm ideas of how to create a program that is sustainable with healthy fresh food that those in need would use, would be located where those in need could get to it, and information so those in need would know how to use the food.

The group also considered what it would take to create such a place.

Issues: Cost and Sustainability

The Healthcare Taskforce had the opportunity for a leadership group do a mini-analysis on the taskforce to help us provide better leadership.  The outcome was good.

In the third quarter, we are going back to our original mission.  We feel we have gotten off the track.  We need to pull the leaders of our organizations, the decisions makers that can commit money if necessary to a decision and that we need to regroup.

Our focus is still to our community and the Community Health Needs Assessment, just in another method.

Fourth quarter

The CHIP – Healthcare Access Taskforce was assembled as the taskforce that would oversee several teams that would be addressing the needs identified in the CHNA (Community Health Needs Assessment).  Those teams included:

  • Healthy Kids
  • Vitality Team
  • Healthy Foods
  • Work Well Group
  • Healthcare Access
  • Tobacco Free Living

The Healthcare Access Team mission statement was established: "Health Care Organizations building relationships, collaborating and supporting the development of the CHA and CHIP."

The Healthcare Access Team met in 4th quarter to establish membership of key healthcare providers in the community, i.e.:

  • Hutchinson Regional Medical Center
  • Hutchinson Clinic
  • Prairie Star Healthcare Facility
  • Reno County Health Department
  • United Way
  • Wesley Towers
  • USD 308 Student Health Nurse

It became evident that ‘access to care’ has many meanings.


The Reno County Health Council began planning for the 2016 CHIP in early 2015. The first step was to gather Reno County demographics and statistics compared to the rest of Kansas and the U.S. Next, the committee created a survey. The purpose of the survey was to get the public opinion about community health problems in Reno County. The council then used the results to identify the most pressing problems that can be addressed through community action. The council then presented a smaller survey to segmented groups in order narrow the focus and gather opinions from those of all ages. The ultimate goal was to identify three key health issues that can be influenced through community action.          

         Reno County Data         Reno County '15 Survey         Key Health Issues Survey

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From here, the committee hosted a community forum to present their findings and gather suggestions and ideas on how to resolve or better the communities’ key health issues and to put that in to a CHIP for 2016. The date for this was April 26th, 2016 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Pavilion.

Through the Community Forum in April of 2016 and council meetings in May & June the committee was able to narrow the focus to two key health issues. The focus areas for Reno County will be obesity & mental health.

On July 6th the committee and various community leaders met to discuss and narrow down strategies that can be implemented to make progress on Reno Counties Obesity issue. The committee will convene to do the same for Reno Counties mental health issue. From here the Community Health Improvement Plan can begin to take shape.

7/19/16- Below is the 2016 Reno County Data Book:


8/19/2016 - Implementation Plan


In May of 2013 the Reno County Health Council released a Reno County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). After engaging in a year and a half of strategic planning, including a public survey in 2012, the team completed the Reno County Data Book and the Community Health Improvement Plan. Click on the documents below to view:                                   


The Community Health Assessment data was both quantitative and qualitative.  Input was gathered from residents through community forums, focus groups and over 2,000 respondents to an online and paper survey.   Other assessments involved gathering data on the health status of the community and the workings of the local public health system, as well as an assessment of forces likely to impact the health of the public in the near future. Below is a slideshow of the plan in action and the outcomes.