Plan to Improve Primary Care Access for La Plata County Residents

Dates: 2007-2008

State: Colorado

Client(s): Primary Health Care Community Coalition

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

Technical Expertise: Health Care Reform, Rural Health, State and Local Public Health


Primary care access for individuals covered by Medicare and Medicaid reached crisis proportions in La Plata County, Colorado. In response to this crisis, the Primary Health Care Community Coalition (PHCCC) along with Mercy Health Foundation sought to create a plan to provide sustainable primary care access to La Plata County's most vulnerable residents.

JSI was contracted to compile an overall assessment of La Plata's primary health care environment and determine appropriate solutions that would result in sustainable primary care services for residents of La Plata County, particularly the underserved. JSI reviewed and updated past quantitative analyses regarding the capacity of primary health care providers in La Plata County, and used qualitative research methods to substantiate the findings from the quantitative analyses.