Access to Preventive Care


Increase the number of residents seeing a healthcare provider for annual preventive visits.

The Challenge:

Access to comprehensive, quality health care services (including oral health and access to medications) is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans. Mental health and physical health are closely connected. Mental health plays a major role in people’s ability to maintain good physical health. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, affect people’s ability to participate in health-promoting behaviors. In turn, problems with physical health, such as chronic diseases, can have a serious impact on mental health and decrease a person’s ability to participate in treatment and recovery.

Local Facts:

  • A total of 36.4% of Douglas County adults report some type of difficulty or delay in obtaining health care services in the past year. (CHNA, 2015)
  • Among adults age 18 to 64, 9.1% report having no insurance coverage for healthcare expenses. (CHNA, 2015)
  • A total of 10.5% of Douglas County adults have been diagnosed by a physician as having major depression while 24.3% of adults have experience symptoms of chronic depression. (CHNA, 2015)
  • “Americans with major mental illness die 14 to 32 years earlier than the general population.” (NIH, 2011)


% of residents who have visited for a checkup in the last year. (CHNA 2011, 2015 and 2018)

Examples of Access to Preventive Care in Action:

Nurture Health launched a new business model that opens access for individuals and families who pay a monthly subscription fee for unlimited access to a primary care team covering women’s health, men’s health, pediatrics and behavioral coaching.

Omaha Public Library hosted vision and hearing screenings during storytime to reach youth through the Lion’s Club International and Boys Town Pediatrics’ Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning.

Douglas County Health Department convened a successful Community Health Worker workgroup that has created a standard set of competencies and hosted the first countywide training session. They are engaging with statewide partners to ensure the future integration of Community Health Workers in the care team.

The list of milestones and partners is ever growing.

 If you know of work happening in these Critical Health Issue areas or have additional Champions to list, please email them to