The residents of ten zip codes in Kansas City are experiencing a life-threatening failure of the health care system. The people who live in these areas, marginalized communities of color, are dying sooner and suffering more catastrophic illnesses than those who live in more affluent and largely white communities.
The study maps high concentrations of emergency room usage, the “hot spots,” in order to better understand the primary care needs of the community, the costs of using the emergency room (ER) system, and how to transform health care away from ER use and instead reinvest in these “hot spot” communities to build healthy families. Subsequent mapping analysis of all data reveals the scope and depth of the challenges to overall community health.
by Jason Reece, Jillian Olinger, Brookes Hammock