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Resources by State: Kansas

Broadband in Kansas: The Challenges of Digital Access and Affordability
Provides an overview of broadband access in Kansas, including adequacy, affordability, digital literacy, and satisfaction. Provides county-level maps depicting data related to broadband access and discusses the rural-urban digital divide.
Author(s): Donna Ginther, Germaine R. Halegoua, Xan Wedel, et al.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research
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Linkages Between Rural Community Capitals and Healthcare Provision: A Survey of Small Rural Towns in Three U.S. Regions
Identifies community-level factors affecting the recruitment and retention of rural healthcare professionals through key informant interviews and a survey of healthcare professionals in 9 states across three regions: the Lower Mississippi Delta, the Southern Great Plains, and the Upper Midwest. Explores how the importance of these factors varies across regions and types of healthcare professionals and whether the importance of these factors differs between recruitment and retention.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): John Pender, Maria Kuhns, Cindy Yu, Janice Larson, Shirley Huck
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural Emergency Hospitals and Rural Hospital Innovation Grant
A webinar that discusses the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation, services provided, eligibility, the review process, payment model, and more. Provides information on the Rural Hospital Innovation Grant (RHIG) as well as how REH designation could impact and/or benefit healthcare facilities in Kansas.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Listening to Riders and Providers: A Synthesis Report on NADTC's Focus Groups and Stakeholder Meetings
Summarizes findings from four focus groups exploring how perceptions of transportation users may be impacted by race, ethnicity, culture, or other personal characteristics. Presents findings from older adults, younger adults with disabilities, and caregivers. Also reports on stakeholder meetings with urban/suburban and rural stakeholders. Identifies lessons learned and next steps to inform transportation diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Development and Implementation of the ECHO Model in a School Setting to Address Youth Electronic Cigarette Use in Kansas: A Protocol
Evaluates the development of an ECHO pilot project in Kansas to build staff capacity for the purpose of addressing youth e-cigarette use in rural and frontier areas. Utilizes 20 interdisciplinary school teams to participate in the ECHO model from 2021-2022 and discusses the potential effectiveness of the ECHO model.
Author(s): Eleanor L. S. Leavens, Jordan Roberts, Babalola Faseru, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 10
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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Who Cannot Afford to Pay Medical Bills in the North Central Region?
Reports on survey respondents from the North Central Region who struggled to pay bills within the last 12 months. Provides data by state, health status, income level, employment status, business type, business profitability, household type, marital status, gender, age, and race/ethnicity. Some of the demographic groups are further broken down by rural versus urban location.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
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The State of Unexpected: 2022 Kansas Annual Report
Depicts community and economic developments in Kansas through 2022, including in the Office of Rural Prosperity. Provides county-level maps depicting economic impacts, rural opportunity zones, broadband acceleration projects, and capital projects.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Commerce
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Addressing Behavioral Health Workforce Needs in Kansas
Examines the behavioral health workforce in Kansas by age and rural versus urban geographic distribution. Includes data on population to provider ratios for psychiatrists and licensed special clinical social workers (LSCSWs). Discusses strategies to reduce behavioral workforce shortages such as the utilization of telehealth.
Author(s): Cynthia Snyder, Angela Wu, Hina B. Shah, Wen-Chieh Lin
Date: 12/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program
A webinar recording that covers how the Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program (KSFHP) operates to provide primary care services to migrant and farmworker families. Provides information about navigating the program, including information about migrant health centers, services covered by KSFHP, and a county-level map that depicts the voucher case management infrastructure used to provide healthcare coverage.
Additional links: Webinar Slides
Date: 12/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Health Care Access in the Heartland: How to Improve Services in Rural America
Outlines strategies policymakers and community leaders in rural America can use to improve healthcare access and services. Combines data analysis of county demographics and health data with focus groups in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Provides expert interviews to better understand healthcare access in rural communities.
Author(s): Darren Chapman, Angie Cooper, Elizabeth Dombowsky, et al.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Heartland Forward
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