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Health Partnership Clinic is proud to announce this year’s Founders and Leadership Impact Award recipients.
Nevin Waters, DDS, is the recipient of the Founders Award, and the Leadership Impact Award is presented to the Olathe Fire Department. Congratulations!
The Founders Award honors an individual who has significantly impacted the health and wellness of the communities we serve.
Dr. Waters served as the first dental director as well as on the clinic board. It is because of Dr. Waters’ vision and collaborative spirit that dental services are offered today at Health Partnership. Under his leadership and direction in 2002, Dr. Waters secured donated mobile dental equipment and forged partnerships with UMKC Dental School and Johnson County Community College to provide volunteer staffing. Over the years, dental services have expanded to include both children and adults and inside and outside of our walls.
Dr. Waters is singly responsible for laying the foundation of our dental services. Not only is he an excellent practitioner, but his experience in private practice, commitment to oral health in our community and the ability to lead set our clinic apart in the early days. In addition, he provided that expertise as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for several years. It is fitting he be recognized for these outstanding contributions.
Leadership Impact Award
The Leadership Impact Award recognizes efforts of an individual or organization that has advanced the mission and philosophy of Health Partnership and has contributed leadership expertise in the promotion of HPC, health care and wellness in the communities served by the clinic.
In 2015, Olathe Health, Olathe Fire Department and Health Partnership established a Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program. Together, we have worked diligently to provide direct patient care with same day appointments and chronic disease follow up care to reduce overuse of the Emergency Room and 911 services. Because of this innovative program, we have been able to help thousands of underserved Olathe residents who are frequent 911 callers, people with chronic diseases or elderly or disabled individuals trying to live independently. The team also works with individuals experiencing homelessness and educates school children. The MIT team includes Whitney Venegoni, APRN, FNP-C and Kevin Harris, MIH/Firefighter/Paramedic.
Under Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid’s leadership and the ongoing support of Olathe Health, we have been able to match people with the right resources at the right time. The MIH team performs medical assessments, determines needs and helps connect patients with the appropriate care solutions in the community. A Health Partnership nurse practitioner is part of the team. The goal is to help residents navigate health and community resources and establish a medical home at our clinic.