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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Kansas and what is driving those differences. This information can help Kansas state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Kansas 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.
This report is part of a series of 21 state and regional studies examining the rollout of the ACA. The national network ---- with 36 states and 61 researchers ---- is led by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Kansas report highlights the diverse approaches to implementation taken by elected officials including Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, Governor Sam Brownback, and the Kansas Legislature. The political landscape changed this year when Commissioner Praeger decided not to seek re-election. Her replacement, Commissioner-Elect Ken Selzer, has expressed opposition to the ACA.
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Greater Horizons Annul Report.
Family Conservancy, The;
The report includes data that will allow districts, schools, centers, funders, and supporters to better understand who is accessing early childhood services, what services are being accessed, and who is providing those services.
The survey showed that schools, centers, and homes differed with respect to children served, program characteristics, and staff characteristic. Likely as a result of their access to more sources of revenue, school-based programs were more likely to be accredited, to have appropriately educated teachers who receive fair compensation and benefits, to offer services such as transportation and summer school, and to use strategies to engage families compared to centers and homes. The focus on formal learning opportunities varied with respect to program type. School-based programs were most likely to use a curriculum and to assess kindergarten readiness (100% and 71%, respectively), followed by centers (74% and 50%, respectively), then homes (65% and 32%, respectively).
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
Profiles states' progress in developing and implementing medical home programs, strategies to encourage primary care providers' adoption, and states' ability to convene stakeholders, help improve and evaluate performance, and address antitrust concerns.
State Health Access Data Assistance Center;
Shares five states' experiences and best practices in using State Health Access Program grants to expand public health coverage through community-based outreach and improved eligibility and enrollment processes, as well as implications for federal reform.
Looks at a range of regulatory strategies used to make individual health insurance policies more accessible and affordable. Assesses the effectiveness of regulatory reforms in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Washington.
Center for Teaching Quality;
Reviews the debate over teachers' pay; outlines the TeacherSolutions compensation reform model, developed by teachers in dialogue with experts and activists; and presents the Teacher Leaders Network Kansas' discussions of the reforms and their challenges.
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies in the state of Kansas. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system in Kansas provides emergency food for an estimated 198,400 different people annually.40% of the members of client households in Kansas are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2). 46% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 85% are food insecure and 38% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 184.108.40.206).56% of clients in Kansas report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).40% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).29% of client households in Kansas report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)At the administration of this survey, 3 food banks or FROs affiliated with FA operated in Kansas. Of the agencies that were served by those organizations, 365 agencies that had their operation within the state responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 286 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.76% of pantries, 69% of kitchens, and 44% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 74% of pantries, 75% of kitchens, and 65% of shelters in Kansas reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 66% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 28% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 92% of pantries, 79% of kitchens, and 73% of shelters in Kansas use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Explores the impact of the 2006 requirement to show proof of citizenship to enroll in Medicaid or other public health insurance on the stability of coverage for eligible children and families, efforts to simplify processes, and costs in seven states.