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Regional Health Care Access

Building partnerships that offer quality health care to the underserved

2015 Regional Health Assessment Report

Working on behalf of the REACH Healthcare Foundation, MARC's Research Services department recently completed a biannual analysis of health data and trends in the Greater Kansas City region.

The report focuses particularly on medically vulnerable populations — people who, because of income, race or ethnicity, lack of health insurance, age, disability, or limited English, may be more likely to experience health issues or have difficulty accessing quality health care.

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Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers (CHWs) serve as a link between a patient and health or social service agencies.

They strive to improve health outcomes, access to services and quality of care. CHWs build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, health education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

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Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace at

Interested in learning more about getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, but not sure where to start? can help you learn about coverage and help you locate assistance with enrolling through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

The website features a list of organizations in the Kansas City metro that have federal navigators and certified application counselors available to help consumers enroll for coverage.

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