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Kansas County-Level Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designations
Listing of Primary Care, Dental Health, and Mental Health HPSA designations for all counties in Kansas, including designation type (population or geographic) and HPSA score.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, 2018
Provides vital statistics for the state of Kansas. Includes county-level data as well as data for urban, semi-urban, densely settled rural, rural, and frontier areas. Includes data on prenatal care, births, birth outcomes, and teen pregnancies. Also covers mortality, with data on death rates and selected causes of death.
Author(s): David Oakley, Greg Crawford, Cathryn Savage
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Uninsured Rate Among Nonelderly Adults Varies by Region in Kansas
Provides county-level estimates on uninsured rates for adults age 19 to 64 in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). Also includes data on trends in the uninsured rate by region from 2009 through 2017.
Additional links: Data in Excel Format: Kansas Adults Age 19-64: Uninsured Rate and Number by County, 2017
Author(s): Hina B. Shah, Cheng-Chung Huang, Wen-Chieh Lin
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Western Counties Have Highest Uninsured Rate for Kids
Provides county-level estimates on uninsured rates for children age 0 to 18 in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2017 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). Also includes data on trends in the uninsured rate by region from 2009 through 2017.
Additional links: Kansas Children Age 0-18: Uninsured Rate and Number by County, 2017
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Kansas
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Disease Control & Prevention STI/HIV Program
Highlights the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis across the state of Kansas. Features rates by age, race, gender, as well as count-level data.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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The Role of Hospitals in Population Health: Findings from National Conversations, Statewide Survey and Local Perspectives
Reviews the literature on population health and the role of hospitals and health systems in advancing population health. Discusses efforts by hospitals to address population health at a national level based on interviews with key informants, and in Kansas based on an online survey and discussions with hospitals. Offers recommendations for organizations interested in engaging with population health efforts.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Tatiana Y. Lin, Carlie Houchen
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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No Mercy
Year-long series following the closure of Fort Scott's hospital in Kansas and the impact of the hospital's closure on the community. Addresses the impact on the community's economy, access to healthcare, and more, as well as considering possible alternatives to the traditional hospital model.
Date: 2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Kansas Health Professional Underserved Areas Report, 2018
Provides information on Health Professional Shortage Designations (HPSAs) including the various federal and state definitions; qualifying criteria; and a summary of county or individual benefits for each designation. Covers workforce recruitment and retention programs in Kansas during 2018. Includes a table showing county-level data for Primary Care, Dental, and Mental HPSAs.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Children's Uninsured Rate Varies Five-Fold Across Kansas Counties
Provides county-level estimates on uninsured rates for children age 0 to 18 in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). Includes statistics on the percent drop in uninsured rates from 2009 to 2016 in Kansas children age 0 to 18.
Additional links: Data File
Author(s): Hina Shah, Madison Hoover, Wen-Chieh Lin
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Uninsured Rate for Nonelderly Adults Varies Widely Across Kansas Counties
Provides county-level estimates on uninsured rates for adults age 19 to 64 in Kansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE). Includes statistics on the percent drop in uninsured rates from 2009 to 2016 in Kansas adults age 19 to 64.
Additional links: Data File
Author(s): Sydney McClendon, Madison Hoover, Wen-Chieh Lin
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Kansas Governor Designated Medically Underserved Areas
Listing of Governor Designated Medically Underserved Areas in the state of Kansas for the purpose of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) certification.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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A Changing Kansas: Implications for Health and Communities
Shows changes in Kansas' population since 1960 and population projections through 2066, with breakdowns by urban, semi-urban, densely settled rural, rural, and frontier location. Includes information and statistics on poverty, education, access to care and healthy food, physical activity, tobacco, and community engagement.
Additional links: Issue Brief
Author(s): D. Charles Hunt, Lawrence John Panas
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Views from the Heartland: Prospects for Bipartisanship in Health Reform
Reports on the views and opinions of 27 state legislators serving on health, budget, or appropriations committees in Colorado and Kansas. Discusses Medicaid expansion in rural areas and highlights the importance of promoting quality healthcare and removing barriers to access in rural communities.
Author(s): David K. Jones
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Discusses the needs and concerns of rural children and families, including healthcare and social services. Examines factors linked to child maltreatment, such as poverty, violence, and substance use, and features descriptions of successful programs designed to promote child welfare in rural areas of Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, and Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities In A Changing Kansas
Examines trends in demographics, the social determinants of health, and health outcomes in Kansas. Includes statistics and data with a rural versus urban comparison on: population characteristics; education; income, employment, and insurance; housing and household characteristics; nutrition, physical activity, and related outcomes; substance use; healthcare and preventive services; disease and disability; births; and mortality.
Additional links: Appendix A. Population Characteristics, Appendix B. Education, Appendix C. Income, Employment, and Insurance, Appendix D. Housing and Housing Characteristics, Appendix E. Disease and Disability, Appendix F. Births, Appendix G: Mortality, Appendix H: Technical Notes
Author(s): Lawrence John Panas
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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A 'Scrappy' Push for Health: 'Our Best Asset Is Our People'
Provides an overview of health challenges in Allen County, Kansas and actions that communities in the area have taken to address them, including fundraising for a local hospital, building bike and walking trails, establishing job training programs, advocating for improved access to healthy food, and more. Allen County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Kansas Health Statistics Report
Examines influenza surveillance activities during the 2016-2017 season, results of the statewide blood lead surveillance report, and prevalence of health risk behaviors among cancer survivors. Features statistics on physical and mental status and characteristics of Kansas cancer survivors, with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Telemedicine & Telehealth Update
Slides from a presentation outlining the benefits associated with delivering rural and remote healthcare services in Kansas via telehealth. Focuses on telehospice services and enhancing care through Project ECHO.
Author(s): Eve-Lynn Nelson
Date: 08/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Heartland Telehealth Resource Center
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Overdose Deaths, Hospital Visits and Unfilled Jobs: The Opioid Crisis in Missouri and Kansas
Reports on the opioid crisis in Missouri and Kansas. Shows maps of county-by-county data for opioid dependence risk, unemployment rate, drug-related mortality rate, opioid-related hospital utilization rate, and the morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per capita rate in both states.
Additional links: Press Release
Author(s): Mat Reidhead, Leslie Porth, Karen Braman
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP)
Features a video on the Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP), a physical activity and nutrition program offered at nine preschool sites in two rural Kansas counties.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Special Statistics Stillbirths and Infant Deaths Kansas, 2015
Reports on infant mortality indicators in Kansas from 2010 to 2015. Includes data and statistics about cause of death, demographics, gestational age, plurality, prenatal care, and rurality.
Author(s): Julia Soap, Greg Crawford
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Kansas Ambulance Service Assessment
Reports the results of a statewide emergency medical services (EMS) assessment conducted in 201, to determine operational capacity and resource allocation strategies. Covers EMS agency, respondent, and geographic characteristics by population density peer group, such as frontier, rural, and densely-populated rural.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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A Look at Rural Hospital Closures and Implications for Access to Care: Three Case Studies
Presents case studies of three rural hospital closures from 2015 in Kansas, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Explores impact of closures on access to care and the economy of local communities.
Author(s): Jane Wishner, Patricia Solleveld, Robin Rudowitz, Julia Paradise, Larisa Antonisse
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Social Media Savvy
Reports on how rural healthcare facilities can use social media to connect with their communities. Describes the strengths and potential uses of different social media platforms. Includes examples and insights from a New Hampshire hospital and a Kansas physician who are using social media to reach patients.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Empowering Promotores de Salud as Partners in Cancer Education and Research in Rural Southwest Kansas
Discusses a community-based participatory method providing cancer research training to promotores and to assess their capability to disseminate cancer research information to Latinos in rural Kansas.
Author(s): Ana Paula Cupertino, Mercedes Saint-Elin, Johana Bravo de los Rios, et al.
Citation: Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(1), 15-22
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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Kansas Health Assessment and Improvement Plan
Describes issues and strategies concerning healthy living, healthy communities, and access to healthcare services in Kansas. Covers chronic disease, access to care, lifestyle behaviors, social factors affecting health, environmental health, immunizations, mental health, disabilities, violence, oral health, and injury. Provides rural versus urban comparisons.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Encouraging Healthy Weight Among Kansas Farmworkers
Describes the development and implementation of a bilingual nutrition education workshop for farmworkers focused on healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight.
Author(s): Kendra Baldridge, Pat Fernandez
Citation: Migrant Health Newsline
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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Performance of Third-Year Medical Students on a Rural Family Medicine Clerkship
Examines the academic performance of University of Kansas medical students who chose a rural location for required clerkships in family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics-gynecology from 1999-2011. Includes statistics with breakdowns by mean scores on Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), mean clerkship and shelf exam grades, and mean grade point averages for undergraduate and medical school classes.
Author(s): Hannah Maxfield, Michael Kennedy, John E. Delzell, Jr, Anthony M. Paolo
Citation: Family Medicine, 46(7), 536-538
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Despite Challenges, Rural Housing Organizations Meet Big Needs in Small Towns
Provides an update on Kansas and Illinois housing organizations previously featured in the Rural Monitor. These programs address housing needs for special populations including the elderly.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Kansas Rural Health Care Provider Spotlight Series
Series of articles profiling healthcare providers and professionals practicing in rural Kansas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Rural Health Education and Services
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Kansas Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas Geographic and Low-Income County-Level Designations
Shows a map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and the counties designated as geographic primary care HPSAs.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas Health Matters
Interactive tool providing data by county for the state of Kansas on health topics including health conditions, behavioral health, access to care, exercise and nutrition, mortality rates, and health disparities. Provides socioeconomic, public safety, and transportation data by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Partnership for Improving Community Health
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Kansas Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas Geographic and Low-Income County-Level Designations
Shows a map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and the counties designated as a population mental HPSA.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas Geographic and Low-Income County-Level Designations
Shows a map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and the counties designated as geographic dental HPSAs.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas County Profile Reports
Data for each county in Kansas, including demographics, vital statistics, healthcare facilities, healthcare workforce, and social determinants of health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Kansas
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Kansas KIDS COUNT Data Center
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Kansas QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Kansas State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Kansas - Public Health Connections
Published monthly and provides public health news from across the state. Distributed to all county health departments, school nurses, state health, and community public health workforce.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Last Updated: 12/4/2019