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About Us

Our Mission

The Northland Health Alliance (NHA) is dedicated to empowering the Northland public health system to improve the health status and health outcomes of all residents in the Northland.

The NHA was created in 2014 by local health organizations interested in improving the health and quality of life of residents in the Northland. In 2015 the NHA conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) that brought together information from resident surveys, public health data, census reports, and hospital data and identified the most critical health problems in the Northland. Today, NHA members and partners work together to improve the health of the Northland.

2015 Community Health Needs Assessment

► Community Feedback (Jan – March 2015)

  • 1,100 Northland residents from Clay & Platte counties responded to survey
  • Public forums

► Supplemented by city, state, county and national data including KCMO

  • Public Health Data, surveys, census etc.

► Northland hospital inpatient admissions and emergency room visits

Demographics of the Northland-overview-

Platte and Clay counties are growing at a faster rate than the Kansas City metro area, at 21% and 17% respectively over the past decade. Slightly lower percentage of people 75 years old + live in the Northland compared to MO.

Demographics of the Northland-profile overview

While the Northland is less diverse than KC and MO, the demographics are changing. From 2009 – 2014, in Clay County, the Hispanic and African American populations increased 31% and 75% respectively, while Platte County saw a 33% increase in Hispanics and 43% increase in African Americans. During the same time period, the percentage of Asian population decreased 11% in Clay County, but increased 22% in Platte.

Demographics of the Northland-income and poverty level

The median HH income in Clay and Platte counties is above the metro, state and national averages. Compared to KC and MO, the Northland has a lower percentage of people living in poverty. Clay has 11%, Platte has 9%, KC has 19% and MO has 16%.

Demographics of the Northland--

In Clay and Platte counties, African Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians all live significantly below the poverty level.

► Community Feedback (Jan – March 2015)

Demographics of the Northland-overview-

Platte and Clay counties are growing at a faster rate than the Kansas City metro area, at 21% and 17% respectively over the past decade. Slightly lower percentage of people 75 years old + live in the Northland compared to MO.

Demographics of the Northland-profile overview

While the Northland is less diverse than KC and MO, the demographics are changing. From 2009 – 2014, in Clay County, the Hispanic and African American populations increased 31% and 75% respectively, while Platte County saw a 33% increase in Hispanics and 43% increase in African Americans. During the same time period, the percentage of Asian population decreased 11% in Clay County, but increased 22% in Platte.

Demographics of the Northland-income and poverty level

The median HH income in Clay and Platte counties is above the metro, state and national averages. Compared to KC and MO, the Northland has a lower percentage of people living in poverty. Clay has 11%, Platte has 9%, KC has 19% and MO has 16%.

Demographics of the Northland--

In Clay and Platte counties, African Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians all live significantly below the poverty level.

The opinion is split when it comes to the overall health of our community; however Platte county residents think they are healthier compared to what Clay county residents think.

How Healthy is our Community-

Access to care is an issue in the Northland, especially for low income and minority communities

► The community is very concerned about mental health and substance abuse

Chronic disease is the number one killer in the Northland

  • Obesity is also an issue as it is a common risk factor for many diseases

► Northland Health Alliance formed task force groups to address these key priorities:

  • Improve access to healthcare
  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Prevent chronic disease

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Download the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment report.

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