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March 01, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Understanding Food Insecurity in Shawnee County (March 2022)

Eliminating food insecurity is a priority for many communities across Kansas, as the consequences on society are substantial. The issue of food access has intensified with the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic well-being of communities. In Shawnee County, data show that approximately 1 in 10 residents and 1 in 6 children were food insecure in 2019. To support and advance community efforts around food security, the Shawnee County Health Department, in collaboration with the Shawnee County Farm and Food Advisory Council and Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods, commissioned the Kansas Health Institute to develop this report, Understanding Food Insecurity in Shawnee County.

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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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August 05, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Housing Insecurity During COVID-19 Pandemic — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 9 (August 5, 2021)

Three out of 5 Kansans who were concerned about paying next month’s rent or mortgage on time also reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, nearly twice the rate of those who were not concerned about paying for housing on time. Those who are unable to afford housing may have to make tradeoffs that impede healthy choices which can lead to worse mental and physical health. This edition of Pulse on Kansas examines data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to report on housing insecurity among Kansans during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on mental health.

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June 18, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

COVID-19 Vaccine Intent Across Neighboring States — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 8 (June 18, 2021)

In late April, the leading reason for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Kansas adults and those in neighboring states was a concern about possible side effects. The percentage of vaccine-hesitant adults expressing this concern ranged from 42.7 percent of adults in Missouri to 64.5 percent of adults in Kansas. This issue of Pulse on Kansas uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to detail COVID-19 vaccine intent and reasons for uncertainty among adults age 18 and over in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma.

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June 18, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

COVID-19 Vaccine Intent Among Kansas Adults — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 7 (June 18, 2021)

In April, while more Kansans reported being vaccinated for COVID-19 and fewer Kansans reported being undecided, the percentage of Kansans who said they definitely would not get a vaccine remained steady. This fact sheet analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey for April 14 to 26 and focuses on understanding the reasons why some Kansas adults remain uncertain about getting a vaccine.

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May 27, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Following the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Kansas (May 27, 2021)

A number of bills related to vaccine policy issues were considered during the 2021 legislative session. Most notably, an item prohibiting the expenditure of state funds related to vaccine passports, defined as “written or electronic documentation of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status,” was included as a proviso in the budget. This high interest in vaccine policy mirrors activity in state legislatures across the country. The latest edition of A Kansas Twist looks at vaccine policy issues in Kansas and other states. It is part of a blog series highlighting the steps that have been taken — and the challenges that remain — in ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are distributed in an equitable manner.

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May 06, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Change in Vaccine Intent Among Kansas Adults — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 6 (May 6, 2021)

Kansas has made progress on COVID-19 vaccination. As of March 29, 2021, almost half (48.9 percent) of Kansas adults had received at least one dose, which is a six-fold increase from 8.4 percent in mid-January. However, many Kansans are still uncertain about getting a vaccine. Understanding the leading reasons for continued hesitance could help public health professionals devise effective strategies to reach more Kansans who have not been vaccinated. This issue of Pulse on Kansas describes the self-reported intentions of Kansans about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and leading reasons for hesitancy in late March 2021.

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