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2013 Kansas County Health Rankings

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With the release of the 2013 County Health Rankings, Kansas counties can see how they compare with their neighbors so they can identify where they do well and where they can improve.

Policy and Research

2013 Kansas County Health Rankings

0 | Mar. 20, 2013 | Community Health

With the release of the 2013 County Health Rankings, Kansas counties can see how they compare with their neighbors so they can identify where they do well and where they can improve.

Issue Brief: Impact of the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act on Restaurants and Bars

0 | Jan. 23, 2013 | Community Health, Public Health Systems and Services, Tobacco

This new issue brief examines whether a statewide smoking ban enacted in 2010 was associated with a change in sales at Kansas restaurants and bars. The Legislature approved the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act to protect the health of Kansans by reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke in most public places.

Kansas HIA Report: Potential Health Effects of Casino Development in Southeast Kansas

5 | Oct. 23, 2012 | Community Health, Health Impact Assessment, Public Health Systems and Services

The Kansas Health Institute recently completed its first health impact assessment, which examined the potential health effects associated with casino development in Southeast Kansas. This new report features findings of the health impact assessment and outlines recommendations to maximize the positive health benefits of a proposed casino and mitigate its potential negative effects on health.

The 2012 County Health Rankings

0 | Apr. 03, 2012 | Community Health

With the release of the 2012 County Health Rankings, Kansas counties can see how they compare with their neighbors so they can identify where they are doing well and where they need to improve.

Healthy Communities Wyandotte: Recommendations for a Better Future

1 | Oct. 25, 2011 | Community Health

Healthy Communities Wyandotte is a countywide initiative to involve local leaders and residents in improving the health of people in the community.

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News

Kansas AG reports tobacco settlement money tops projections

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Children, Legislature, Tobacco

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the receipt of $62.2 million from the tobacco master settlement agreement, which is about $7 million more than first projected as payment to the state for 2013. Children's advocates say the extra money should be used to fund children's programs.

Wyandot Inc. CEO announces retirement

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Mental Health

Pete Zevenbergen, the CEO of Wyandot Inc. who expanded the scope of Wyandotte County’s community mental health center, announced his retirement Thursday.

KCK home health provider indicted on fraud charges

0 | Apr. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Health Care Delivery, Other

A Kansas City, Kan., home health attendant was indicted Wednesday in a federal fraud case in which Medicaid paid more than $587,000 based on fraudulent billing practices.

County officials say health rankings can be powerful tool

0 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Community Health, Rankings-Indicators

Bugging people to exercise may not be the best way to encourage healthy behaviors among local residents, according to panelists who gathered to discuss recently released health rankings for Kansas counties. More subtle approaches have worked in Allen, Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties.

Forecast: Fewer rural health providers in five years

0 | Mar. 28, 2014 | Rural Health

There likely will be fewer rural medical practices five years from now because of the various sweeping changes under way in the U.S. health care system, according to panelists at a conference here this week.

Brownback signs law expanding autism coverage

0 | Apr. 16, 2014 | Child Health, Legislature, Insurance

Gov. Sam Brownback signed into a law a measure that is expected to make insurance coverage for autism services available to about 750 Kansas children over the next two to three years.

Memorial service scheduled for longest-serving Kansas Cabinet secretary

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Advocacy, Agencies

Robert Harder, the longest-serving Cabinet secretary in Kansas history, died Saturday. He was 84. Harder served five governors - three Republicans and two Democrats - while overseeing the state welfare department and later the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. In his later years he continued to advocate for the poor and disabled as a volunteer.

NIH director talks about one and done at KU — for flu shots

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | KU Medical Center

The annual flu vaccine could be a thing of the past by the end of the decade, the director of the National Institutes of Health said during a visit to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Brownback job-training initiative draws praise

0 | Apr. 07, 2014 | Legislature, Workforce, Social Determinants of Health

Ashley Gaeddert is a senior at Newton High School who, like hundreds of others across the state, is getting a head start on a career in medicine thanks to a new state training program.

Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

Larned State Hospital 100th anniversary celebrated

0 | Apr. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Hospitals, Mental Health

State officials celebrated the 100th anniversary of the state's largest psychiatric hospital.

Study: E-cigarettes don't aid quitting

1 | Mar. 25, 2014 | Tobacco

A study published in a medical journal found e-cigarettes did not help people quit smoking regular cigarettes and six U.S. senators called for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the nicotine devices.

E-cigarette use by young more than doubled in one year

1 | Sep. 05, 2013 | Advocacy, Tobacco

The use of e-cigarettes by young people doubled between 2011 and 2012, according to a report released today by the federal government.

Number of Kansas children in foster care continues to grow

4 | Aug. 12, 2013 | Children, DCF

Over the last two years, near-record numbers of children have entered the state’s foster care system. At the same time, fewer children have exited and the number of adoptions involving children in state custody has fallen to a six-year low. State officials say the economy and drug abuse are behind the increase. But children's advocates point to declining services for needy families.

Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb

1 | Apr. 04, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. State officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions of the health insurance marketplace.

MoveOn.org poll shows most Kansans support Medicaid expansion

1 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Medicaid-CHIP

Poll results released today indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue could be a factor in the Kansas governor’s race. The poll, done last week for MoveOn.org Political Action, a left-leaning group dedicated to “progressive change,” showed that 52 percent of Kansans favored expanding the health care program to more low-income adults. But a spokesman for Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election said the poll results were dubious and intended to favor Democrat opponent Paul Davis.

Big Tent Coalition complains of waiting list and KanCare problems

2 | Mar. 20, 2014 | Advocacy, KanCare

Advocates for the physically and mentally disabled today accused the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services of enacting policies aimed at restricting access to state’s Medicaid-funded in-home services. But KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said the complaints were based on misconstrued numbers and that the agency is having trouble contacting the people on its waiting list for services.

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