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April 12, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Report: Public Health Service Delivery in Pawnee County

The Pawnee County Board of County Commissioners, which also serves as the Board of Health, asked the Kansas Health Institute and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services to examine the current scope of public health department services and evaluate them against the needs of the community and best practices in public health.

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May 07, 2009 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Rural health results from the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings

The health care difficulties that rural areas face are unique from their urban counterparts. On top of limited staff sizes and finances, rural areas face the additional burden of long distances between health care providers and their constituents. This document describes how rural areas fared in the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings.

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March 02, 2006 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Public health at the crossroads

March, 2006 - Roughly one-half of all local public health departments in the United States are both small and rural. Sixty percent of local health departments that responded to a survey in 2000 said they were located in a non-metropolitan area, the designation for “rural” developed by the Office of Management and Budget and used for policy purposes by agencies such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Forty-eight percent of local public health departments were categorized as “rural” in 2002 using a more refined definition, Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes. One-half of local health departments responding to the 2000 survey served populations of fewer than 25,000 people, and 69 percent served populations of fewer than 50,000 people.

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