Community Health

Healthy communities have safe places to exercise, access to fresh fruit and vegetables, clean air and water, and laws that help protect the public. KHI researchers and journalists work to understand and describe the various factors that influence health, including exercise, school nutrition and immunizations.

2014 County Health Rankings

Johnson County Again Ranked Healthiest County in Kansas

0 | Research, Community Health, Press Releases, Rankings-Indicators

With the release of the 2014 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

Kansas Groups Partner to Celebrate World Immunization Week

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Community Health, Immunizations, Press Releases

In celebration of World Immunization Week, Immunize Kansas Kids and Kansas Health Matters join efforts to inform communities about best practices for immunizations in Kansas.

2014 County Health Rankings

0 | Mar. 26, 2014 | Research, Community Health, Press Releases, Rankings-Indicators

With the release of the 2014 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.

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.

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News

Campaign announced to exempt food from Kansas sales tax

2 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Foundations, Legislature, Health Disparities, Nutrition

Kansas is one of only 14 states that levies a sales tax on food. And its 6.15 percent per dollar is the second highest in the nation, trailing only Mississippi’s 7 percent rate.

Proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax would fund children’s initiatives

0 | Dec. 15, 2014 | Public Health, Tobacco

The campaign aims to increase Missouri’s cigarette tax — now lowest in the nation — from 17 cents to 67 cents a pack.

‘Healthy campus’ in downtown KCK another step closer to reality

0 | Dec. 08, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Rankings-Indicators, Social Determinants of Health

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners approved a new master development plan that includes a state-of-the-art community center, more green space in which to exercise and access to healthy foods at a 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot urban grocery store.

UG commission debate on animal control ordinance draws big crowd

0 | Dec. 05, 2014 | Community Health, Government

The commission voted Thursday night to allow Kansas City and other Wyandotte County residents to legally own three dogs, up from a previous limit of two.

Vaccination push continues as flu appears in Kansas

0 | Dec. 05, 2014 | Community Health, Immunizations

As flu cases begin to appear in Kansas, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist said it's not too late to vaccinate and urged providers to continue to encourage patients to get the flu vaccine.

KU Hospital gala to feature Hootie and the Blowfish

0 | Aug. 07, 2007 | Imported

KANSAS CITY, KAN., Aug. 7 - Grammy Award winning blues-rock band Hootie and the Blowfish will headline the sixth annual event to benefit the University of Kansas Hospital's cancer program.

SRS official predicts Rainbow will reopen with 50 beds

0 | Apr. 04, 2012 | SRS, Legislature, Hospitals, Mental Health

The state welfare official who oversees the state hospitals said Rainbow Mental Health Facility would resume full operations in about a year. And he predicted it would have restored capacity for 50 patients.

Governor selects Mosier for permanent KDHE post

0 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare

Susan Mosier, an ophthalmologist and former Republican legislator, also has been serving as head of the Kansas Medicaid program and KDHE's Division of Health Care Finance.

ACA plays a role in Brownback budget fix

0 | Dec. 11, 2014 | Budget, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Among the short-term budget fixes announced by Gov. Sam Brownback this week is a $55 million sweep from a Medicaid drug rebate program that is made possible in part by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Kansas hospitals want to hit ‘reset’ button on Medicaid expansion debate

0 | Dec. 23, 2013 | Advocacy, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Hospital Association has hired former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help craft a Medicaid expansion plan that Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislators might support.

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.

Campaign announced to exempt food from Kansas sales tax

2 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Foundations, Legislature, Health Disparities, Nutrition

Kansas is one of only 14 states that levies a sales tax on food. And its 6.15 percent per dollar is the second highest in the nation, trailing only Mississippi’s 7 percent rate.

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.

KDADS finds contacting Kansans on waiting list for disability services a challenge

1 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett said during 2014 the agency had offered so-called waiver services to 1,627 people with physical disabilities on its waiting list.

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.

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.

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