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ICYMI: Virtual Event — Demystifying the Rankings (April 22, 2021)

Practical Applications for Effective Policymaking

By KANSAS HEALTH INSTITUTE | April 22, 2021

ICYMI: Virtual Event — Demystifying the Rankings (April 22, 2021)

There are several health-related rankings released each year by the national organizations. Understanding available measures, methodology and limitations/strengths of these rankings will equip legislators, agencies, communities and their partners with information they need to make effective decisions.

To build this understanding, the Kansas Health Institute hosted a pop-up convening on April 22, 2021, to discuss three key sets of Rankings: America’s Health Rankings (AHR), Mental Health in America Rankings (MHA) and County Health Rankings (CHR). This "lunch & learn" convening included a brief overview followed by a panel discussion on how to interpret rankings and use them in practical settings. 

Panelists included:

  • Brian McKiernan, Commissioner for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas, District 2
  • Mary C. Jones, LCMFT, LCAC, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas 

The slides and video recording for this convening are below.


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.