Public Health Systems & Services

Public Health Systems & Services

Public health promotes and protects the health of the population. To achieve this, it is necessary to have a strong public health system that can prevent disease and sustain healthy communities. KHI works with public health decision-makers at the local, state and federal levels to develop effective governance models, ensure a well-trained workforce and implement best practices in public health. 

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Medicaid & CHIP

Medicaid & CHIP

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known in Kansas as KanCare, provide health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income and disabled Kansans and accounts for a major portion of the state budget. KHI experts analyze how changes in state policy and federal rules affect health care providers in Kansas and the low-income Kansans they serve. 

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Access to Care

Access to Care

There are many ways Kansans can access health care—through hospitals, doctor’s offices, local health departments and other public clinics. Access to care can be affected by health insurance coverage, the cost and quality of care, and the number of providers available across the state. KHI examines how state and federal policy decisions affect these and other aspects of access to care.

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Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a practical tool that assesses the potential health effects of policies not normally associated with health, such as those concerning transportation, agriculture or housing. An HIA is a tool that helps policymakers make more informed decisions. KHI develops HIAs for state and local policies and brings expertise to Kansas decision-makers through training and community outreach.

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Community Health Improvement

Community Health Improvement

Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of Kansans is important for the future of our state. KHI brings data and evidence-based practices to Kansas communities through technical assistance to help them assess the health of their residents, prioritize strategies for improvement and implement effective programs. KHI also serves as the primary resource for the annual County Health Rankings release and provides information on tobacco use, hunger, children’s health and other issues.

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Health Reform

Health Reform

In recent years, the topic of health reform and the government's role in health care has been the subject of great political debate. KHI examines various aspects of federal and state health reform including how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act affects insurance coverage, the delivery of health care, health care spending, and ultimately, health in our state.

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