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June 30, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Rural Community Perspectives on Transportation and Health (Spring 2022)

Kansans in rural communities often must travel great distances to meet healthcare, social and occupational needs. Transportation challenges in these communities may contribute to increases in health disparities and health inequities. To learn more about how transportation challenges impact the health of rural Kansans, the Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Healthworks, the Kansas Hospital Association, and the Kansas Health Institute worked together on a project to gain community perspectives. Learn more in this new issue brief which looks at impacted populations, potential solutions, funding mechanisms and needed supports.

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February 15, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

ICYMI: Suicide in Rural and Frontier Kansas — Virtual Event (February 15, 2022)

State and local organizations established the Kansas Suicide Prevention Coalition in late 2021. As these groups work to address the rising rates of suicide statewide, the latest data available show rates of suicide are higher in the most rural parts of Kansas, known as frontier counties. On February 15, 2022, the Kansas Health Institute hosted a virtual discussion of federal and state strategies focused on reducing suicide in rural and frontier communities across Kansas.

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September 28, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — State Efforts to Prevent Suicide in Rural Communities (September 28, 2021)

Rates of suicide, particularly by discharge of firearms, are higher in the most rural parts of Kansas. With the authority and responsibility to protect public health, the state plays a substantial role in suicide prevention efforts. This edition of A Kansas Twist is the second of a two-blog series covering suicide prevention in rural areas of the United States and Kansas. The first blog focuses on federal efforts, while this second blog focuses on state-level approaches, policies and programs that Kansas policymakers and other stakeholders may consider when working to reduce suicide rates in rural communities. It follows the recently published issue brief Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas.

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September 22, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — Federal Efforts to Prevent Suicide in Rural Communities (September 22, 2021)

In 2019, one person in the United States died by suicide every 11 minutes. While suicide has impacted communities and families of all sizes and demographics, suicide rates have been higher in nonmetropolitan communities for the last two decades. This edition of A Kansas Twist is the first of a two-blog series covering suicide prevention in rural areas of the United States and Kansas. This first blog focuses on federal efforts, while the second will focus on state-level approaches, policies and programs that Kansas policymakers and other stakeholders may consider when working to reduce suicide rates in rural communities. It follows the recently published issue brief Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas.

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September 10, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates and Leading Means in Kansas (September 2021)

Suicide rates have been increasing. In 2019, suicide was the ninth leading cause of death in Kansas and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In both Kansas and the U.S., discharge of firearms has been the leading means of suicide. Rural areas have experienced a higher suicide rate than urban areas, regardless of age, sex, race or ethnicity. This issue brief highlights how suicide rates and the means of suicide have changed over time and have varied across Kansas, with a close look at differences by rurality.

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August 20, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist — 2020 Census Data Reveal a Changing Kansas (August 20, 2021)

On Aug.12, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics from the 2020 Census Redistricting Data showing population changes, housing occupancy and race/ethnicity distribution by county. The newly released data show the population of Kansas is aging and becoming increasingly diverse and more concentrated in urban areas. This edition of A Kansas Twist dives into this new data to examine these demographic trends.

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February 09, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Variations in Internet Access Across Kansas (February 2021)

With social distancing, reduced health care services and school building closings during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing need for adequate internet access, which is required for telehealth, education, business and social activities. While information is available on areas with broadband coverage, households still might not have adequate internet access due to technical and infrastructure issues, or prohibitive costs. This brief examines variations in adequate internet access by geography, population characteristics, insurance coverage and other factors to better understand how each one impacts Kansans.

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December 21, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Telehealth Access and Policy in Kansas (December 2020)

Beginning in March 2020, as COVID-19 cases rose in Kansas and across the U.S., rapid changes in telehealth policy allowed providers to offer care in a socially distanced manner. Looking ahead to a post-COVID-19 world, policymakers in Kansas and around the country are now considering which policy changes should continue, which should not, and whether other changes are needed to encourage the appropriate use of telehealth moving forward. This two-part series explores telehealth usage and policy considerations in Kansas and the nation.

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September 04, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rates Across Kansas Counties (September 2020)

In 2018, uninsured rates in Kansas varied widely by county, region and population density. Understanding the health insurance landscape in Kansas prior to COVID-19 could help policymakers as they work to mitigate the health and economic consequences of the pandemic. Learn more in our new series of fact sheets.

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