Kansas Models and Innovations
These stories feature model programs and successful rural projects that can serve as a source of ideas. Some of the projects or programs may no longer be active. Read about the criteria and evidence-base for programs included.
Updated/reviewed August 2018
- Need: To increase access to an allergy/asthma/immunology specialist for children in rural Kansas and Missouri.
- Intervention: Children's Mercy Kansas City offers a telemedicine option for allergy/asthma/immunology visits.
- Results: In 2018 to date, Children's Mercy has had 320 Asthma/Allergy/Immunology encounters from patients in rural counties. Patients and their families report a 98% satisfaction rate with the telemedicine visits, which a six-month study found to be as effective as in-person visits.
Updated/reviewed May 2019
- Need: An ongoing health need to alleviate early childhood obesity in the rural Kansas counties of Marshall and Nemaha.
- Intervention: 5 distinct physical and nutritional programs were introduced to 9 preschool sites through the overarching Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP).
- Results: HELP comprehensively increased children's physical activity and healthy food consumption and established a sustainable presence at each preschool site.
Added April 2019
- Need: To provide mental health services to rural Kansas students and their families.
- Intervention: The Schools That Care project provides mental health treatment and case management as well as community education events.
- Results: In three years, 545 people received services through the school social worker, and 3,227 people participated in community events.
Other Project Examples
Updated/reviewed January 2020
- Need: Prevention and education programs for schools to reduce gender and relationship violence among teenagers.
- Intervention: Jana's Campaign offers school-based trainings, presentations, projects, and consultations through Love Doesn't Hurt: Teen Gender Violence and Prevention Program.
- Results: So far, 603 middle and high schools and more than 70,000 students in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, and Oklahoma have benefited from the program.
Added January 2020
- Need: Strategies to recruit and retain providers to practice in rural settings.
- Intervention: A traveling one-day workshop was designed to share ideas and firsthand accounts on successful strategies on how to create "Safe Sites" for new recruits.
- Results: So far, workshops have trained over 185 hospital administrators, board members, and rural hospital recruiters.
Updated/reviewed December 2019
- Need: Agriculture workers and their families have high rates of psychological distress and suicide, but limited access to mental health services.
- Intervention: The "Sowing the Seeds of Hope" (SSoH) program was created to provide affordable and culturally appropriate mental health services to individuals working in agriculture and their families in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
- Results: The regional program ran from 1999-2014 and successfully established a variety of interventions to help individuals in rural communities' access behavioral health services.
Updated/reviewed October 2019
- Need: Physicians to serve in an increasingly diverse population in rural Kansas.
- Intervention: Kearny County Hospital changed their recruitment model to include paid time off for doctors and midlevel providers to serve as international service workers, as well as medical school loan forgiveness.
- Results: Kearny County Hospital has re-opened their services to out-of-county patients and are receiving an increase in applications from medical providers.
Updated/reviewed August 2019
- Need: Many of Kansas's rural residents have low incomes and are medically underserved, putting them at a potential increased risk for uncontrolled asthma.
- Intervention: The Kansas Asthma Initiative is a partnership that provides education and professional development opportunities via telehealth for healthcare providers and caregivers of asthma patients.
- Results: The partnership has developed a better methodology for working with physicians. Telehealth technology is helping facilitate a positive collaboration among providers in Kansas in order to decrease the burden of asthma.
Updated/reviewed June 2018
- Need: To reduce social isolation and its negative effects on health for women in rural Kansas.
- Intervention: Neighbor to Neighbor is a day center where women can socialize, eat free meals, and take care of basic needs such as laundry and showers.
- Results: An average of 24 women and children visit the center every day. Positive comments from visitors suggest that the day center helps reduce their social isolation.
Last Updated: 1/13/2020