Founded in 1990 by volunteer pediatricians and nurses, for 26 years, Turner House Children’s Clinic has pursued its mission to provide access to quality health care for underserved children. Turner House is a nonprofit, independent Safety Net pediatric clinic, located in urban Kansas City, Kansas, in Wyandotte County, where 37% of children live in families with incomes below the Federal Poverty level.
This year, Turner House will provide care to approximately 6,000 underserved children, many of whose families earn less than $10,000 a year. Provider-led care teams provide preventive and acute care services as well as chronic care management and care coordination, and they help connect patient families to community resources in response to their health and social service needs. About 85% of patients identify as Hispanic/Latino. Clinic staff members are bilingual (English and Spanish) and contract interpreters are used for families speaking other languages.
Turner House’s core strength is providing quality pediatric primary care and improved health outcomes for a population facing significant poverty, cultural and language barriers. Turner House was first recognized as a Level 3 PCMH in 2012, and received renewal recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in October 2015. It meets or exceeds performance standards for Patient-Centered Access; Team-Based Care; Population Health Management; Care Management and Support; Care Coordination; and Performance Management and Quality Improvement. Electronic medical records are used to measure, monitor and promote improvements in children’s health outcomes. No other safety net clinic in Wyandotte County specializes in integrated primary medical, behavior health and dental care for underserved children.