Kansas Public Health in Action

Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice Report

By the Commission on Racial Equity and Justice Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order No. 20-48 in June of 2020, establishing the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. The focus of this Commission is to study issues of racial equity and justice in Kansas. Two reports have been released: Policing and Law Enforcement in …

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KDHE Report Affirms Education, Income, Race and Gender Influence Health Risks

By Kansas Reflector, Tim Carpenter “The trove of information in the report produced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment offered insight into medical and behavioral challenges based on 10,000 telephone interviews conducted throughout 2019. The survey performed since the 1990s in Kansas with support from nonprofit health foundations and the U.S. Centers for …

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Racial Disparities in Infant Mortalities Persist Despite Record Low Rates in Kansas

By: Noah Taborda, Kansas Reflector “… while the number of infant deaths reported is the lowest on record for the state, disparities in infant mortality rates among vulnerable populations persist in 2019.” This article features information from the Kansas Infant Mortality & Stillbirth Report (2019) by KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics. READ …

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Grassroots Efforts in Southwest Kansas Educate Refugee Communities about COVID-19

By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “When COVID-19 hit Southwest Kansas in the spring of 2020, there was little information available about the disease in languages other than English. Many essential workers from refugee communities turned to their neighbors, Physician Assistant Erin Keeley and Doctor Rachael Svaty, with their questions. The providers had a …

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Lessons Learned from Lansing Assist With Corrections Response Statewide

Originally written by Lisa Horn, Public Health Nurse Specialist, KDHE Local Public Health for the August Edition of Public Health Connections. Correctional facility conditions have the potential for a “perfect storm” for COVID-19 – close living arrangements, staff and offenders moving in and out of the facility and limited resources. The COVID-19 outbreak at the …

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Local Health Departments in Kansas Struggled to Get the Tools for the Frontline Coronavirus Fight

The coronavirus pandemic shut down non-essential businesses in Kansas for more than a month. Photo courtesy of Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service Originally written by Celia Llopis-Jepsen for the Kansas News Service TOPEKA, Kansas — County health departments in Kansas lacked the resources and manpower to swiftly ramp up “boots-on-the-ground” work when the coronavirus pandemic hit, new …

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New and Updated Strategies from What Works for Health

Adapted from County-by-County Blog by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Our What Works for Health database has over 400 evidence-informed policies and programs to make a difference in your community. On June 5, our What Works for Health analysts updated the database and you can now find new studies, implementation examples, and resources for the eleven strategies below: Activity …

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Counties Navigate Next Steps in COVID-19 Response

Written by Lisa Horn, Public Health Nurse Specialist, Local Public Health for Public Health ConnectionsPhoto courtesy of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. As Kansas re-emerges from statewide COVID-19 orders, a veto last week by Governor Laura Kelly has returned authority to counties to set health, business and mass gathering limits. Kelly’s Ad Astra: …

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