The Center for Sharing Public Health Services is a $4 million national initiative managed by the Kansas Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project involves 16 teams in 14 states comprised of public health agencies, policymakers, their partners and key stakeholders that are collaborating to strengthen their ability to provide public health essential services, improve efficiency and control costs. The 16 teams make up a national Shared Services Learning Community working to identify, test and define methods of cross-jurisdictional sharing. The Center communicates these sharing activities and provides technical assistance to the Shared Services Learning Community and others in the broader public health arena.
| Dec. 23, 2013 |
This issue brief summarizes the results of a study of community health assessments and community health improvement plans. The information for this study was gathered through various focus groups and surveys about experiences and outcomes in Kansas between 2012 and 2013.
| Jul. 16, 2013 |
This report, published by KHI for the Immunize Kansas Kids coalition, provides information about experiences, outcomes and current practices linking WIC clinic sites with immunization activities, both nationally and in Kansas.
| Jul. 16, 2013 |
This report, published by KHI for the Immunize Kansas Kids coalition, examines ways to protect infants from Pertussis, commonly called whooping cough.
| Jan. 23, 2013 |
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.
| Oct. 23, 2012 |
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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| May. 28, 2013 |
If the hospital in Moore, Okla., had still been using paper, officials said, “the first thing we would have had to do was find their records. And with all of the hustle and bustle of a disaster, they can easily get lost.” As for any records left behind in files, “if the tornado doesn’t get them, the subsequent rain would ruin them.”
| Dec. 21, 2012 |
Kansas officials are taking issue with a recent report that ranked the state last in the nation for public health preparedness. The Ready or Not report by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health, listed Kansas and Montana as the worst performing states in the nation, with each meeting only three out of 10 readiness criteria.
| Dec. 20, 2012 |
Communities, businesses and individual Kansans should prepare for the drought that has gripped the state for two years to continue at least into midsummer, officials said at a meeting today with Gov. Sam Brownback.
| Dec. 19, 2012 |
A new report ranks Kansas dead last for public health preparedness.
The Ready or Not report, released Wednesday by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health, lists Kansas and Montana as the worst performing states in the nation, with each meeting only three out of 10 readiness criteria.
| Jul. 14, 2011 |
Heat and humidity have state health officials urging Kansans to check on friends and neighbors who lack air conditioning.
| Feb. 17, 2014 |
Sunflower State Health Plan Chief Executive Jean Rumbaugh is taking a new job with the company's parent firm, Centene, and will be replaced by Dr. Michael McKinney, who most recently worked for Centene as a senior vice president.
| Mar. 05, 2014 |
Officials at the University of Kansas Medical Center said they will use an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to create a new center to help people that have Multiple Sclerosis.
| Mar. 04, 2014 |
Kansans without health insurance have until March 31 to enroll in one of the coverage plans available through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace. Those who don’t could be subject to a penalty on their 2014 federal income taxes.
| Nov. 01, 2013 |
“Every child deserves to know the love and stability that a healthy family can offer,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said in a prepared statement. “When returning home is not an option, we want children in need to have choices when it comes to both temporary and permanent care.”
| Jan. 11, 2013 |
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the incidence rate, the Unified Government here is preparing within the next few months to conduct in-depth reviews of each infant death that occurs in Wyandotte County.
| Mar. 06, 2014 |
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee today passed a bill to require Affordable Care Act health insurance navigators to undergo background checks, be fingerprinted, and pay an annual $100 registration fee. But opponents of the measure said a similar law passed in Missouri was struck down by a federal judge.
| Mar. 03, 2014 |
Missouri law requires most health insurance plans to cover autism treatments for children, so a number of Kansas families have moved to the state but continue to get their autism services in Kansas. The Kansas Legislature has two bills before it that would alter state rules for covering autism. One has the support of parents of autistic children. The other is pushed by the state's leading health insurance companies, which have resisted expanding the coverage, saying it would boost the cost of premiums for everyone. A compromise measure apparently is in the works.
| Feb. 10, 2012 |
Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee grilled a top welfare official about a controversial change in policy that has resulted in at least 1,000 children being dropped from the state’s food stamp program.
| Feb. 03, 2014 |
Two multiple murder cases have been tied to men who were brought by police to the state hospital here because of their threatening behaviors but were released several days later after hospital officials deemed them no danger to themselves or others. The ensuing tragedies have left many wondering what went wrong and whether the state’s mental health system and the way it works with law enforcement is adequate.
| Feb. 19, 2014 |
Former State Sen. Barbara Allen and other foster parents asked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve a bill that would allow foster parents more voice in placement decisions and otherwise strengthen their roles in the child welfare system.
| Feb. 25, 2014 |
A hearing was held today on a bill that would add restrictions for the application counselors who help people enroll in health coverage through the new federal marketplace in Kansas.
| Jul. 08, 2013 |
Kansas policymakers seem to be at the forefront of a controversial national movement to make it more difficult for people to qualify for a federal program that helps more than 46 million low-income Americans — including more than 300,000 Kansans — buy groceries.
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