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5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Which Kansas Counties Are Healthiest?

A map showing the distribution of 2013 health outcomes. Counties in white rank highest in heath outcomes and those in dark green rank the lowest.
Credit Kansas Health Institute

The latest Kansas County Health Rankings have been released and Johnson and Riley counties have the healthiest residents in Kansas again this year.

Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy. 

Sedgwick County came in at 72 out of 102 counties ranked.

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Health
1:08 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kansas Health Department Cuts Most Free HIV Testing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stopped providing free HIV/AIDS testing for most Kansas counties.

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Health Reform
8:23 am
Wed July 11, 2012

KS Lieutenant Governor: Health Care Law Too Complicated

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer told a US House panel Tuesday that the federal health care law threatens patients, taxpayers, states, and the fiscal health of the country.

Health
6:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Kansas Health Information Exchange Launches July 1

A RN uses electronic medical records.
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A statewide digital network to exchange health records goes live Sunday and Wichita providers will be among the first in the state to start sharing information.

The Kansas Health Information Exchange has been years in the making.

Stakeholders began preliminary work on the infrastructure in 2005, and then governor Kathleen Sebilius accelerated efforts in 2007 with the establishment of the Kansas Health Information Exchange Commission.

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Health
9:19 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Health Law Brings $1.7 Million In Grants To KS Clinics

Familiar sights in a doctor's office.
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday announced 1.7 million dollars in grants to three safety-net clinics in Kansas.

The grants were awarded to centers all over the US and were made possible through the Affordable Care Act, which expands community health centers.

Grant recipients in Kansas were Heartland Medical Clinic in Lawrence, Health Partnership Clinic in Overland Park and Health Ministries in Newton.

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Health
4:26 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

KDHE Says Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Kansas

Kansas has had more cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, in the first half of this year than in all of last year. Health officials have confirmed 56 cases. Charlie Hunt is with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

It’s not something that’s in the environment, so it’s person-to-person transmission,” Hunt says. “It’s trying to survive, just like the rest of us, I suppose.”

Hunt says the highly contagious disease comes in cycles.

“I think that we’re in a cycle right now, with pertussis, where we’re just going to be seeing an increase,” Hunt says.

Health
10:56 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Insurers, Employers Playing Larger Role In Combating Obesity

Obesity is costly for both individuals and insurers.
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Recent reports and actions by state and national government indicate doctors, insurers and employers will play a large role in combating the nation’s obesity epidemic.

At a routine doctor visit you usually know what to expect. The doctor or nurse will take your height, your blood pressure, listen to your heart, weigh you - and increasingly calculate your BMI.

Body Mass Index, the standard, yet not always accurate, measurement of body fat, can let a person know if they are overweight or obese.

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