The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list. The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.
Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.
Joyce Grover, who heads the Kansas Coalition, says the number of domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in 2012 represented a 20-year high.
“There is a domestic violence incident that has occurred in Kansas every 21 minutes,” Grover says. “Law enforcement made a domestic violence arrest every 39 minutes and one domestic murder every 15 days.”
In fact, says Grover, more than one in four homicides in Kansas is domestic violence-related.
The Dooley Center, in Atchison, has not been cited for a single violation the past three years. Mitzi McFatrich, who heads Kansas Advocates for Better Care, says 20 have had five or fewer deficiencies in the last three years.
“None of them are citations that are related to actual harm of a resident, immediate jeopardy of a resident, or mistreatment of a resident,” McFatrich said.
Two crop scientists from China are accused of trying to steal rice seed samples from a biopharmaceutical research facility in Kansas. Federal charges have been filed against the two men in U.S. District Court, in Kansas City, Kansas.
People who live in poverty are routinely faced with tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay the utility bills. For the poor, items like shaving cream, shampoo, and deodorant may be luxuries that are simply out of reach. But an effort is underway in Wichita to provide the basic hygiene supplies that many of us take for granted.