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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KU researcher questions lower autism diagnoses among minority children

0 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Child Health, Health Disparities, University of Kansas

In an article in the Journal of Special Education, a KU assistant professor demonstrates that Hispanic and African-American children are diagnosed with autism at lower rates than white children.

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.

Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

7 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

DCF to delay computer upgrade as part of budget cuts

0 | Dec. 12, 2014 | Budget, DCF, KDADS

The delay is one result of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut $3.9 million from the Department for Children and Families budget this fiscal year.

Parents worry managed care oversight will affect KanCare services

0 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has proposed allowing the managed care companies that have administered the state’s Medicaid program since February 2013 to have a say in deciding which services “best meet (a) participants needs.”

Brownback announces cuts to close budget gap

0 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Budget, Legislature

The governor will use his power of allotments to make fee sweeps and spending cuts to close a $280 million budget gap in the current fiscal year. The biggest money transfers come from the state highway fund, at $96 million, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, at $55 million.

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.

No target date for final KEES rollout

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | KDHE, HIE-HIT

A $135 million computer system meant to streamline applications for Kansas social services, including Medicaid, remains without a final "go-live" date more than a year after the rollout was originally scheduled to be completed.

Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

7 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

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.

KDADS suspends voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital

3 | Dec. 03, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The decision, according to a memo sent to the state’s 26 community mental health centers late Tuesday afternoon, was driven by “ongoing and critical census challenges” at the state hospital.

Merrick re-elected speaker, vows to cut spending

2 | Dec. 01, 2014 | Legislature

Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City, the newly elected leader of the 28-member Democratic minority in the House, said the state’s budget problems will be “the challenge” of the upcoming session.

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.

Legislator to promote gun background checks as health issue

1 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Legislature, Hospitals

A former physician now in the Kansas Legislature says she will promote a bill expanding background checks for gun sales because she believes gunshot wounds are a public health issue.

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