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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: KFF
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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
Issue brief discussing 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, as well as 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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Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP)
Features a video on the Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP), a physical activity and nutrition program offered at 9 preschool sites in 2 rural Kansas counties.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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Kansas Influenza Vaccination Dashboard
A dashboard that provides information about influenza vaccinations in Kansas, such as total number vaccinated each flu season, each month, and each week. Includes an interactive map that shows county-level percentages of the vaccinated population.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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Last Updated: 1/8/2024