Rural Health

Those in rural areas face some distinctive health issues, including shortages of health professionals and services. Rural Kansans often must travel long distances for care and they tend to be older, poorer and less healthy than people in cities and suburbs. KHI researchers and journalists track the challenges facing rural residents, highlight solutions, and provide that information to policymakers and the public.

Hamilton County Hospital faces possible closure without $3 million boost

Petition seeks countywide vote on the question

2 | Hospitals, Rural Health

The Hamilton County commission has been presented a proposal to issue $3 million in no-fund warrants to support the hospital in this far western Kansas community. Administrators have said without the bond, the hospital would run out of money as early as June. Hospital officials will make the case to the community for approving the funds at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Syracuse High School gymnasium.

Policy and Research

Rural health results from the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings

0 | May. 07, 2009 | Rural Health

The health care difficulties that rural areas face are unique from their urban counterparts. On top of limited staff sizes and finances, rural areas face the additional burden of long distances between health care providers and their constituents. This document describes how rural areas fared in the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings.

Kansas Mission of Mercy - Garden City: Patient Characteristics, Needs, and Satisfaction

0 | Aug. 27, 2008 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Safety Net

More than 15 percent of the patients served by a free dental clinic early this year reported they have never been to a dentist.

State health officials trying to help 'Mexican Mennonites'

0 | Nov. 24, 2007 | Rural Health, Rural Health, Social Determinants of Health

The story is familiar, but it has a twist: Immigrants from Mexico move to southwest Kansas seeking work at farms, feedlots or meat processing plants. Public health workers in the region respond with literature and services in Spanish to meet the needs of the immigrants.

Public health at the crossroads

0 | Mar. 02, 2006 | Public Health Systems and Services, Rural Health

March, 2006 - Roughly one-half of all local public health departments in the United States are both small and rural. Sixty percent of local health departments that responded to a survey in 2000 said they were located in a non-metropolitan area, the designation for “rural” developed by the Office of Management and Budget and used for policy purposes by agencies such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Forty-eight percent of local public health departments were categorized as “rural” in 2002 using a more refined definition, Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes. One-half of local health departments responding to the 2000 survey served populations of fewer than 25,000 people, and 69 percent served populations of fewer than 50,000 people.

Kansas Mission of Mercy-Pittsburg: Patient Characteristics, Needs and Satisfaction

0 | Jun. 01, 2004 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Safety Net

Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM), a free dental clinic sponsored by the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, served more than 2,000 patients on the campus of Pittsburg State University from April 30 through May 2, 2004. This report analyzes data from an exit survey given to participants of the clinic.

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News

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.

Statehouse push made for mid-level dental practitioners

2 | Feb. 12, 2014 | Oral Health, Rural Health

More than 100 advocates from around the state were at the Statehouse asking their legislators to approve the licensing of mid-level dental practitioners. Among them were dental hygienists, hygiene students and a handful of dentists. Most wore yellow scarves.

More than 100 dental hygienists to lobby at Statehouse

0 | Feb. 11, 2014 | Oral Health, Rural Health

More than 100 dental hygienists from 36 towns around the state are expected at the Statehouse, asking legislators to approve the licensing of mid-level dental practitioners.

Kansas REC gets funding extension, approval to help more docs

0 | Feb. 07, 2014 | HIE-HIT, Rural Health

The regional extension center created four years ago to help Kansas health care providers implement electronic health records has been approved for extended funding from the federal government, just as the funds were set to expire.

Safety net funding cut gets first nod toward restoration

0 | Jan. 30, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP, Rural Health, Safety Net

Officials from Kansas safety net clinics got some promising news while visiting the Statehouse this week as part of their annual Legislative Day: A budget committee will recommend restoring the $234,584 cut from the clinics' funding in the fiscal 2015 budget.

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.

KCK preschool trauma program gets national attention

0 | Apr. 18, 2014 | Early Childhood

A program started in Kansas City, Kan., offers teachers and parents an alternate way to deal with kids’ intense emotions and potentially avoid the long-term impact of trauma.

Mental health task force report released

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Mental Health

A 16-member task force that spent much of the past year looking for ways to improve the state’s mental health system released its findings.

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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