Kansas Health Policy Research

Policy & Research

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The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement.

KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.


Policy & Research

Popular Publications

County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute provides data, evidence, guidance and stories that broadened the nation’s understanding about the multiple factors that shape health. To support state and local health improvement efforts, the Kansas Health Institute has produced individual county profiles that include a five-year comparison of County Health Rankings data and the “drivers,” or measures with the greatest impact, on the rankings in each county.

View the entire County Health Rankings series.


Annual Insurance Update

Annual Insurance Update

The Annual Insurance Update, from the Kansas Health Institute, provides an in-depth look at insurance coverage in Kansas—primarily based on the latest American Community Survey (ACS) data gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

View the entire Annual Insurance Update series.

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Medicaid Primer

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) play a substantial role in the Kansas health care system by providing coverage for health services and long-term care for low-income children and families, people with  disabilities and older adults. This publication series, from KHI and the Kansas Legislative Research Department, provides basic facts and information about Medicaid and CHIP in Kansas.

View the entire Medicaid Primer series.

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Health at the Capitol

A weekly summary providing highlights of the Kansas legislative session, with a specific focus on health policy related issues.

View the entire Health at the Capitol series, as well as our annual Legislative Preview and Recap.


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A Kansas Twist

National news relevant to Kansas and Kansans.

View the entire A Kansas Twist series.

Transforming Public Health for the 21st Century Bridging Theory

Transforming Public Health for the 21st Century: Bridging Theory to Practice

A blog series that will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by the public health sector and will introduce a roadmap for transformation.

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Experts are available for interviews, presentations and speaking engagements.

When you need a knowledgeable, engaging speaker at your event, KHI staff are available to present information to community, state and national audiences.

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Kansas Health Data Resources

Key data resources used in the analysis of health and social factors impacting the health of Kansans