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TV, radio talk show host Smiley to speak at poverty conference

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | Advocacy, Social Services

Tavis Smiley will speak during the Kansas Conference on Poverty, a two-and-a-half-day event that starts Wednesday in Topeka.

Obamacare help was in demand, national survey shows

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

During the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, about 10.6 million people received personal help from navigators and other enrollment assisters, according to an online survey released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

U.S. News & World Report ranks KU Hospital in 12 specialties

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | Hospitals

Now in its 25th year, the U.S. News & World Report list covers more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals. KU ranked highest in neurology and neurosurgery at No. 12 and pulmonology, also at No. 12.

WIC program stresses benefits of breastfeeding

0 | Jul. 14, 2014 | Child Health, Nutrition

Nearly half of the babies born in Kansas are eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Wesley Medical Center seeks 'Baby-Friendly' designation

0 | Jul. 14, 2014 | Child Health, Hospitals

The Wichita hospital is the only one in the state pursuing designation as a “Baby-Friendly Facility” through an international program that requires 10 policies to encourage breastfeeding.

Advocates, hospitals unite to raise Kansas breastfeeding rate

0 | Jul. 14, 2014 | Child Health, Hospitals

Three years ago, breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state joined the Kansas Hospital Association and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in launching High 5 for Mom and Baby, an ongoing campaign aimed at helping hospitals adopt five principles that have been found to increase breastfeeding rates.

Kansas health officials work to contain measles outbreak

0 | Jul. 14, 2014 | Immunizations, Public Health

The nine confirmed measles cases, including six in the Wichita area, have health officials encouraging Kansans to make sure they are vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

Hundreds learn 'Mental Health First Aid' at KC training events

0 | Jul. 11, 2014 | Mental Health

The Metropolitan Council of Community Mental Health Centers offered nine courses at six sites during the Kansas City area’s first-ever Mental Health First Aid Day.

Larned State Hospital to host 11th annual mental health conference

0 | Jul. 10, 2014 | Mental Health

Conference topics will include personality disorder, mastering dialectical behavior therapy and ethics and boundaries for professionals treating people who are sexually abused.

Two new measles cases reported in Wichita area

0 | Jul. 10, 2014 | Community Health, Immunizations

Both cases in the Wichita area - one in an infant too young for vaccination, another in an unvaccinated adult - are linked to a recent measles outbreak in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

REACH Foundation announces grant application schedule

0 | Jul. 10, 2014 | Foundations, Health Care Delivery

Each year, the foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen health care access and health care quality in the foundation’s six-county service area, which includes Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

Feds ask Kansas for plans to fix Medicaid delay issues

0 | Jul. 10, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

A KDHE spokesperson says the CMS concerns have more to do with the state and federal government computer systems not sharing information with each other.

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