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

KU Hospital program receives $12 million federal grant

0 | Jul. 09, 2014 | Health Reform, Rural Health

The partnership to improve heart health and stroke survival rates involves the University of Kansas Hospital, Hays Medical Center, 10 critical access hospitals and rural primary care providers serving western Kansas.

Rural Kansas hospital focuses on 'mission-driven' medicine to recruit doctors

0 | Jul. 07, 2014 | Workforce, Rural Health

In Kearny County, on the High Plains near the Kansas-Colorado boundary where there are only about five residents per square mile, one small hospital has adopted a distinctive approach to recruitment that in a relatively short time has produced a staff that includes five doctors, five physician assistants and a growing volume of patients.

Future uncertain for VA rural health care pilot program

0 | Jun. 17, 2014 | Congress, Rural Health

The Access Received Closer to Home program allows veterans to get health care services from community providers if they live at least one hour from a VA health facility. Pratt is home to one of five sites across the country.

Robot helps save the day at rural hospital

0 | Jun. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Telemedicine

Some small, rural Kansas hospitals are using highly sophisticated medical robots in ways that are helping ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and - in at least one instance - boosting the bottom line.

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.

Local food movement thriving on the High Plains of Kansas

0 | Jul. 21, 2014 | Community Health, Nutrition

Direct marketing food to customers is proving to be a boon for members of a western Kansas producers' cooperative that has seen strong sales growth. "For one thing, it has made it possible for my nephew to come back to the farm," said Chris Schmidt, a Rawlins County farmer who grows 2,000 acres of commodity grain but also is selling direct to online customers.

Kansas officials suspend future foster placements with TFI after child's death

0 | Jul. 25, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials said they have suspended placing foster children with TFI, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.

HHS says nine health insurance companies owe refunds to Kansas policyholders

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

The 2010 Affordable Care Act required that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars collected on medical care for policyholders. Those that fail to meet the threshold are obliged to pay refunds.

KU doctors say plan for transplant waits would make local patients sicker

0 | Jul. 22, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities

Change is coming to the way donated livers are allocated in the United States, and Richard Gilroy, a hepatologist and medical director of transplantation at the University of Kansas Hospital, said that's not good news for those on waiting lists in Kansas and Missouri.

New Missouri law pays dividends for KC clinic

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Safety Net

Safety net clinics like Kansas City CARE are adapting from serving uninsured patients to those who recently acquired coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Kansas gets grants to match child support funds for college savings

0 | Jul. 24, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas welfare officials say they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two nonprofit groups to launch a program aimed at getting parents to pay down child support debts.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

National report: Midlevel dental providers expand access to care

1 | Jul. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Oral Health

The report examined the experiences of two public nonprofits with dental therapists - one in Alaska and another in Minnesota - and a telehealth project in California.

Number of children in foster care hits record high

2 | Jun. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF, Mental Health

In April, there were 6,156 children in the state's foster care system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013, and 872 more than two years earlier.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

1 | Jun. 26, 2014 | Children, DCF, Health Care Delivery

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

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