Maternal and Child Health

Children's health is impacted by where children live, work, play and go to school. It is also affected by virtual influences of television, video games and the Internet. Safety measures and health education are important for children's well-being, as well as access to health care and preventive services. KHI researchers and KHI News Service journalists study and document health conditions, risk behaviors, programs and policies important to the health of Kansas children and mothers.

Children's Cabinet prepares for loss of funds

Programs should be prioritized and alternative funding sources sought, says Children's Cabinet chair

0 | Child Health, Children, Early Childhood, Tobacco

The Children's Cabinet should start planning to receive as little as $12 million in tobacco dollars — or $44 million less than current funding — for programs in fiscal 2014, said chair Amanda Adkins at a meeting today.

Policy and Research

Issue Brief: Children's Initiatives Fund

0 | May. 09, 2013 | Child Health

This new issue brief explains the origins of the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) in Kansas and how the fund is used to support children’s programs, especially those that focus on early childhood, health, mental health and child welfare.

Presentation: Physician Survey on Early Childhood Mental Health Practices in Kansas

0 | May. 02, 2013 | Child Health, Presentations

The Kansas Health Institute delivered this presentation at the 2013 Kansas Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Annual Conference.

Issue Brief: Results of Physician Survey on Early Childhood Mental Health Practices

0 | Aug. 17, 2012 | Child Health

The number of children identified with mental health conditions in primary care settings nationwide has increased in the past two decades. However, researchers estimate that many children age 0–5 are not identified or connected to early mental health services. This brief outlines key findings from a survey on Kansas physician practices related to screening, referral and treatment of young children with mental health conditions.

Special Report: Early Childhood Mental Health Services in Kansas

0 | Feb. 16, 2012 | Child Health, Medicaid-CHIP

Early childhood is a vital period for a child’s development. National studies show that up to a fourth of children younger than 5 have mental health issues. This special report outlines information on the types of early childhood mental health services in Kansas and the availability of services in regions of the state.

Children’s Health in All Policies: A Workbook

0 | Dec. 14, 2010 | Child Health

Using the nationally recognized Health in All Policies approach, this workbook examines six key children’s health issues in Kansas and identifies promising policy solutions for addressing these issues.

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News

Kansas officials suspend future foster placements with TFI after child's death

0 | Jul. 25, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials said they have suspended placing foster children with TFI, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

Take me out to the ball game, but hold the peanuts and Cracker Jack

0 | Jul. 25, 2014 | Child Health

While health officials aren't sure why the number of children with nut allergies is on the rise, they say making accommodations so they can enjoy ball games and other events is important to help them overcome fears.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

Kids Count rankings put Kansas in top third

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | Child Health, Early Childhood, Rankings-Indicators

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual Kids Count report today, and Kansas ranked 15th overall and Missouri 29th. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

Five seek GOP nomination for insurance commissioner

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform, Insurance

In advance of the Aug. 5 primary, learn more about the candidates who hope to succeed Sandy Praeger as the state's insurance commissioner.

Hog farm expansion raises questions about water use

0 | May. 19, 2014 | Environment, KDHE

Even as Greeley County farmers are counting water by the drop, Seaboard Farms plans to increase production at its giant hog facility near Tribune, bringing as many as 396,000 hogs to an exhausted area of the Ogallala Aquifer.

Gossage would limit state’s role with ACA

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

If elected, Gossage says she will encourage insured and uninsured Kansans to meet with an independent agent before they explore their options in the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace.

KU doctors say plan for transplant waits would make local patients sicker

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities

Change is coming to the way donated livers are allocated in the United States, and Richard Gilroy, a hepatologist and medical director of transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital, said that's not good news for those on waiting lists in Kansas and Missouri.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

Number of children in foster care hits record high

2 | Jun. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF, Mental Health

In April, there were 6,156 children in the state's foster care system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013, and 872 more than two years earlier.

National report: Midlevel dental providers expand access to care

1 | Jul. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Oral Health

The report examined the experiences of two public nonprofits with dental therapists - one in Alaska and another in Minnesota - and a telehealth project in California.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

1 | Jun. 26, 2014 | Children, DCF, Health Care Delivery

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

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