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July 08, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: Increasing Health Care Workforce Capacity During COVID-19 (July 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the U.S. health care system and highlighted existing health care workforce shortages. In response, many states have tried to expand their workforce capacity to care for those with COVID-19. Most approaches that states have taken are consistent with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Governors Association, and include actions like modifying provider scope of practice, recruiting retired or inactive providers and easing restrictions on telemedicine, among others. This edition of A Kansas Twist focuses on two of those approaches — modifying scope of practice and recruiting retired or inactive providers — and how they have been implemented in Kansas in response to the pandemic.

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June 12, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: COVID-19 & Equity (June 12, 2020)

Nationally and in Kansas, there has been growing concern about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. A newly released heat map from the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California Berkeley shows that Kansas ranked 37 of 44 states for the largest racial disparity in coronavirus deaths. Data available from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) present much the same picture. While Blacks make up just 6.1 percent of the state population, they comprise 25.4 percent of the 236 deaths due to coronavirus for which race is reported. This edition of A Kansas Twist provides information on the equity task forces that have been formed around the country and describes data that highlight the uneven burden of disease in Kansas.

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January 31, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Disrupting Disparities in Kansas: A Review of Social Isolation Among Older Adults (January 2020)

Strong evidence supports the importance of social connectedness to quality of life and health status. This report, commissioned by AARP Kansas, looks at social isolation among older adults in Kansas, with an emphasis on Johnson County and Wyandotte County. It provides a summary of current research on social isolation, possible causes and the degree to which those causes differentially affect older adults based on gender, race/ethnicity and other demographic factors. Promising interventions and policies also are explored.

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