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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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September 02, 2003 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Kansas Rural Health Policy Agenda

The purpose of this project was to establish a rural health policy agenda for Kansas. A multi-disciplinary task force of approximately 20 members from across the state identified and ranked rural health issues. For the top-ranked issues, the task force suggested policy initiatives for dealing with the issues.

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