During the next three months, HaysMed, part of the University of Kansas Health System, will be working with other community providers to update the 2015 Ellis County KS Community Health Needs Assessment. ACA legislation requires all tax-exempt hospitals to submit a CHNA to the IRS every three years, regardless of hospital affiliation. Each hospital, even those that serve overlapping populations, must submit a separate CHNA.

VVV Consultants LLC, an independent research firm from Olathe, has been retained to conduct the countywide research. The goal of this assessment update is to understand progress in addressing community health needs cited in the 2015 CHNA report and to collect up-to-date community health perceptions. To accomplish this work, a short online survey has been developed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/EllisCoCHNA3, or people can text keyword EllisCoCHNA to 48421 to receive the link on a smartphone.     

All community residents are encouraged to complete the survey by Feb. 23.