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April 23, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Following the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Kansas (April 23, 2021)

In partnership with the Kansas Association of Counties and the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, the Kansas Health Institute surveyed county officials to gain their perspective on vaccine demand. We asked if, in the week of April 4, 2021, demand for vaccine was greater than the supply, about equivalent to the supply or if demand for vaccine was less than the supply. The latest installment of A Kansas Twist provides their answers. It is part of a blog series highlighting the steps taken – and the challenges that remain – in achieving herd immunity and in ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably.

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April 23, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Kansas Twist—Reopening Plans for Kansas Counties (April 23, 2021)

Kansas cities and counties are beginning to relax COVID-19 restrictions, and most Kansans now live where no mask order is in place. While the surge in cases that other states experienced after spring break has not come to Kansas, the number of new cases is no longer falling. This edition of A Kansas Twist provides an update on local restrictions in place as of April 13.

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March 05, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Kansas Adults — Pulse on Kansas, Issue 5 (March 5, 2021)

With Kansas in Phase 2 of the state COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it is important to understand who has already been or intends to be vaccinated, who is uncertain about it, and the reasons that might prevent people from getting vaccinated. The Household Pulse Survey considers those who report they “would probably,” “would probably not” and “would definitely not” get a vaccine as “uncertain” about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This brief describes the self-reported intentions of Kansans about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and leading reasons for hesitancy in mid-January, 2021.

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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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