KANSAS CITY – Cerner is partnering with the city of Nevada, Mo., to promote healthy lifestyles.
Currently, Nevada ranks 88 out of 115 Missouri counties (including the city of St. Louis) in health outcomes, according to rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit.
City officials hope to jump from the bottom third to the top third of Missouri counties in health rankings through the new “Healthy Nevada Project.” The project also aims to reduce health care spending in the county by percent 10 by promoting wellness and prevention.
The project will try to build community health through education, incentives, infrastructure and local partnerships with the school district, local employers, community organizations and others. The Nevada Regional Medical Center, a local hospital, will also be using Cerner’s CommunityWorks technology to digitize its record keeping and communication.
The project will include measures to add sidewalks and bike lanes to the city’s infrastructure, partner with restaurants and grocers to offer healthy food choices, and promote farmer’s markets and community gardens.
“A project of this scope and size has never been done before,” said Jeff Townsend, Cerner executive VP and chief of staff. “Cerner has a history of entrepreneurial advocacy and a passion for improving rural health with innovations that reduce cost and improve access and quality.”