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Catherine C. Shoults, M.P.H., Analyst, conducts and analyzes research on public health issues. Shoults’ work focuses on the synthesis and communication of research, including health impact assessments, to policymakers and lay audiences. Her main areas of focus are early childhood mental health, immunizations and rural health. Shoults earned a master’s degree with an emphasis in microbial disease epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health. While at Yale, Shoults received a certificate in emergency preparedness and disaster response. She interned at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Emergency Preparedness Office, where she built situational-awareness dashboards for and assisted in responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, where she studied biology and chemistry.
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.
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.
The number of children identified with mental health conditions in primary care settings nationwide has increased in the past two decades. However, researchers estimate that many children age 0–5 are not identified or connected to early mental health services. This brief outlines key findings from a survey on Kansas physician practices related to screening, referral and treatment of young children with mental health conditions.
Early childhood is a vital period for a child’s development. National studies show that up to a fourth of children younger than 5 have mental health issues. This special report outlines information on the types of early childhood mental health services in Kansas and the availability of services in regions of the state.