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February 18, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Reopening Plans for Kansas Counties (February 18, 2021)

COVID-19 vaccines are top of mind in 2021, and cases have been declining in Kansas over the past few weeks. However, the pandemic continues to cause death and disrupt communities, and the potential effects of Super Bowl Sunday gatherings and at least one emerging variant (United Kingdom variant) being detected in Kansas will not be known for some time. Despite this uncertainty, the vaccine rollout and decline in #COVID19 cases have some Kansas counties loosening restrictions, particularly around masks and gathering sizes. This edition of A Kansas Twist provides details on these and other aspects of county re-openings.

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November 20, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

CDC Report Shows Mask Mandates in Kansas Contributed to Fewer COVID-19 Cases (November 2020)

This Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC found that new cases of COVID-19 decreased 6 percent in Kansas counties with a mask order, and increased 100 percent in counties without one. The findings are based on analysis of cases before and after the July 3 effective date of the original mask order issued by Gov. Kelly. The report was produced collaboratively by the CDC, KDHE and KHI.

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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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September 03, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist: Census Self-Response Rates Vary Widely Across Kansas (September 3, 2020)

The Decennial Census is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, determine state legislative districts, and influence how billions of dollars in federal funding flow to states and communities. The Census Bureau recently announced that data collection will end on Sept. 30. The good news for Kansas is that, as of Aug. 31, 2020, 92.1 percent of households had been enumerated. However, the rate varies widely across Kansas, with self-response rates much lower in some rural counties. Learn more in our newest edition of A Kansas Twist.

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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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February 20, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Medicaid and Social Needs (February 2020)

Many state Medicaid agencies and managed care organizations (MCO) are seeking to improve health outcomes and reduce per person health care spending through interventions that address social needs faced by enrollees. In implementing these interventions, states and MCOs are recognizing that many factors beyond medical care contribute to health outcomes, including social circumstances and environment. How are KanCare MCOs addressing social needs? What is being done in other states? What challenges do Medicaid programs face when implementing interventions? Find the answers to these questions and more in our latest brief.

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February 12, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

HI-C: Health Impact Checklist (February 2020)

KHI has developed the Health Impact Checklist, a new toolkit that community stakeholders — such as local health departments, hospitals, planners, engineers, community members and community-based organizations — can use to help decision makers understand the potential positive and negative impacts of policies on the health of communities. Check out the toolkit and examples of how it could be used for city, county and state policies.

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