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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Kansas chosen for school breakfast grants

0 | Nov. 20, 2014 | Child Health, Foundations

Breakfast in the Classroom aims to remove some of the obstacles that keep students from getting a meal before the school day.

Children’s Mercy Hospital develops app for infant heart defects

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Child Health, Hospitals

At an American Heart Association conference, a Kansas City pediatric cardiologist will introduce a tablet-based app that could make a big difference in monitoring and treating single-ventricle heart defects.

Report: 95,000 low-income families in Kansas need range of supports

0 | Nov. 13, 2014 | Children, DCF

The report says 42 percent of children born to parents at the bottom of the income ladder stay there.

Kansas Health Foundation launches effort to improve school wellness

0 | Nov. 12, 2014 | Child Health, Foundations

The Kansas Health Foundation is teaming with local education leaders to raise awareness of student health programs and help parents get involved with wellness committees at schools across the state.

Lawmaker says adjustments needed in law mandating autism coverage

0 | Nov. 11, 2014 | Child Health, Early Childhood

The Kansas House member who shepherded through a bill expanding insurance coverage for autism treatment last year says there is work to be done tweaking that legislation in the upcoming legislative session.

New effort to tighten regulation of mental health drugs concerns advocates

0 | Nov. 24, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP, Mental Health

Kansas law currently bars state officials from placing restrictions on mental health drugs prescribed to Medicaid recipients. A legislative committee recommended repealing that law last week, saying the state needs to step in to prevent inappropriate uses of such drugs.

Denver company to open eating disorder facility in KC area

0 | Nov. 21, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The partial hospitalization program is expected to open in late December near Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam.

Kansas safety net clinics seek federal funding for new sites

0 | Nov. 25, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

At least six organizations in Kansas are asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for grants to open new clinics.

KU Medical Center group recruits rural teens for health jobs

0 | Nov. 25, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Workforce

The Area Health Education Center aims to recruit rural high school students into careers in the medical field, in the hopes they will then return to their homes and help fill gaps in access to care.

KCK home health provider convicted on Medicaid fraud charges

0 | Nov. 25, 2014 | Courts, Medicaid-CHIP

The conviction was announced Tuesday by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, whose office is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate home health care fraud.

State releases plan to keep Medicare reimbursements at Osawatomie hospital

0 | Nov. 24, 2014 | Hospitals, Mental Health

State officials have a three-pronged plan to ensure Osawatomie State Hospital maintains its Medicare reimbursements after a federal agency announced last week they are in jeopardy.

Salina dentists rally to halt anti-fluoride momentum

10 | Nov. 03, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Child Health, Oral Health

Dozens of dentists in Salina rallied opposition to a ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city's water supply, and voters rejected the measure by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Meetings on support programs for Kansans with disabilities set for next week

3 | Nov. 07, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plans informational sessions in Wichita, Hays and Lawrence.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

4 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Rising KanCare costs adding to state’s budget problems

1 | Nov. 19, 2014 | Budget, Legislature, KanCare

While the state already faces a projected $280 million revenue this budget year, an additional $40 million is needed to meet rising KanCare costs.

Medicare termination looms at Osawatomie hospital

1 | Nov. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

A federal agency has sent notice that Medicare payments to overcrowded Osawatomie State Hospital will be terminated, but state officials say they will address concerns before the deadline and avoid that action.

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