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October 25, 2006 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Racial and Ethnic Minority Health Disparities in Kansas

Significant health disparities exist between white Kansans and members of racial and ethnic minority groups in the state. Kansas minorities like minority populations nationwide are disproportionately affected by disease and by other health conditions caused, in part, by socioeconomic status and lack of access to quality health care. Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Kansas: A Data and Chartbook gathers for the first time available data that document the breadth of health disparities at the state and county levels. It also sheds light on underlying causes and suggests options policymakers should consider to resolve health disparities in Kansas.

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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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March 01, 2003 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Survey of Kansas Legislators and Commissioners on Public Health Awareness and Attitudes

The Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University conducted a survey of Kansas legislators and county commissioners for the Kansas Health Institute. The purpose of the research was to better understand the awareness level, opinions and experiences of key decision makers in Kansas with regard to public health. The resulting report reveals their collective attitudes about public health issues and identifies the topics that are most important to these two groups.

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