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Kansas Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Areas, 2018
County-level map displaying Kansas's designated primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas County-Level Health Professional Shortage (HPSA) Designations
Lists Primary Care, Dental, and Mental Health HPSA designations for all counties in Kansas, including designation type (population or geographic) and HPSA score.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas, 2018
Map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and the counties designated as a population mental health HPSA.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas, 2018
Map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and the counties designated as geographic dental HPSAs.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Kansas Governor Designated Medically Underserved Areas
A list of Governor Designated Medically Underserved Areas in the state of Kansas for the purpose of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) certification.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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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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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Kansas
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Issue brief emphasizing the importance of understanding 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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Kansas Health Professional Underserved Areas Report, 2017
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 2017. Includes a table showing county-level data for Primary Care, Dental, and Mental Health HPSAs.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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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. Statistics and data include a rural/urban comparison and cover: 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. Primary focus is 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
Presents a report 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)
Video featuring 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
Report of long-term progress on infant mortality in the state of Kansas from 2010-2015. Includes data and statistics about cause of death, demographics, gestational age, plurality, prenatal care, and geographical location (urban/rural).
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 2017, to determine their operational capacity and determine 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
Case studies of three rural hospital closures that took place in 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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Rural Hospital and Physician Participation in Private Sector Quality Initiatives
Results of a study to analyze 12 quality reporting and quality improvement programs being used by dominant insurers in Alabama, Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Utah, between 2011 and 2013.
Author(s): Amanda Diehl, Michelle Casey, Alex Evenson
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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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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Statement by George Stover, Rice County Hospital District 1, before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
Testimony presented at a May 7, 2015 Labor-HHS Subcommittee hearing on rural health. Discusses regulatory and reimbursement challenges facing Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): George Stover
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Appropriations
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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 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 a rural versus urban comparison.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Kansas 2013 Annual Report
Highlights the Kansas Department of Health and Environment program accomplishments for 2013, including the formation of the Center for Population Health - a collaborative effort which brings together Primary Care, Rural Health and Local Public Health departments to focus on improved health outcomes across the state. Also includes information on the Kansas Primary Care Clinic grant program and health professional shortage areas in the state.
Date: 02/2014
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 geared towards farmworkers providing education 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 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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Kansas State Designated Rural Health Networks
A map of Kansas with counties delineated displaying the designated rural health networks in the state by showing the location of the Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and the supporting hospitals that make up the network. Also, provides a list of all hospitals in the healthcare network.
Date: 02/2013
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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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, 2013(Winter)
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mapping the Rural Kansas Dental Workforce: Implications for Population Oral Health
Expands on the traditional health professional shortage area (HPSA) designations to identify more gaps in dental provider coverage while looking at where people live and how they travel. Includes numerous maps and tables on distribution and locations of dentists.
Author(s): Kim Kimminau, Anthony Wellever
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kansas Medical Center
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Kansas Health Matters
An 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. Also provides socioeconomic, public safety, and transportation data by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Partnership for Improving Community 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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Kansas Health Centers: Data and Maps
Provides maps of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, and patient visits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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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 (KCDC)
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. 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: 10/17/2018