County Health Rankings in a Changing Kansas

Program To Explain County Health Rankings And Changing Demographics

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A free program “County Health Rankings in a Changing Kansas” will be held at Republic County Hospital in Belleville Wednesday, May 8,10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Seating is limited. Online reservations are requested by May 3 to The event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Hospital Association.
The discussion will focus onthe health factors and outcomes detailed for each Kansascounty — and the implicationsmoving forward as demographics continue to change.
The population of Kansas isaging, becoming increasinglydiverse and concentrating inurban areas, notes the KHI. Event attendees will learnmore about a changing Kansasand the role rankings can playas counties work to develophealthy and thriving communities. The event also will focuson the key leadership roles ofthe behavioral health, healthcare and community healthsectors in this work.
Keynote speaker is RonManderscheid, Ph.D., serves asthe Executive Director of theNational Association of CountyBehavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. Panelists will discuss the rolethat community health, healthcare and behavioral healthplay in a healthy, thrivingcommunity. Further, panelistswill share their experiencewith County Health Rankingsand the changes they’ve seen intheir communities.

Ranking System
According to the 2019 County Health Rankings produced by the Kansas Health Institute, Republic County ranks33rd among 105 counties in the state in terms of healthy behaviors, but 95th in the state in terms of health outcomes and premature death.
In small counties, those rankings are affected by one or two deaths at a young age, says D. Charles Hunt, M.P.H., Senior Analyst with the Kansas Health Institute.
“Since Republic County is a small county with respect to population size, even small increases in the number of deaths will cause a substantial increase in the rates, especially when calculating rates based on smaller segments of the population (such as specific age groups),” said Hunt.“The County Health Rankingsmethodology aggregates thedeaths over a three-year period(2014-2016 for the most recentreport) to provide some additional statistical stability, butsmall counties will still havehighly variable rates. Compounding the problem is thepopulation decline in RepublicCounty.”
Republic County’s population is 4,691.
The study shows Republic County ranks high in the state in low unemployment, opportunities for social engagement, and education, with nearly 75 percent of people surveyed reporting some college beyond high school.
Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents reported they are obese, compared to 33 percent statewide, and 15 percent of residents reported they are in fair or poor health. The county’s self-reported mental health days are slightly higher than the state average.
Other 2019 statistics for Republic County:

  • 16% of adults smoke (17% US and Kansas)
  • 27% of adults are physically inactive (24%in Kansas)
  • 55% of people have adequate access to exercise opportunities (80% in Kansas)
  • 10% uninsured adults under the age of 65 (10%in US and Kansas)
  • 16% of children who live in poverty (15% in Kansas)
  • 17% in single-parent households (29% in Kansas)
  • 8% of residents live in severe housing problems (13% in Kansas)

Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas andChautauqua County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the annual CountyHealth Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and theUniversity of Wisconsin population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Kansas 2019 County HealthRankings Report ranks all counties in Kansas and provides an overview of how the rankings are determined. In addition, KHI has developed individualized data sheets for each Kansas county, which are available on this page. The nationalCounty Health Rankings are available at

You’re Invited!
Join Us for a Healthy Lunch and Program.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
9:45 a.m., check-in
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., program and lunch

Simultaneous event will be held at the following locations:

  • Kansas Health Institute, ​Topeka;
  • Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center, Chanute; and
  • Republic County Hospital, Belleville.
  • For those unable to attend in person, a webinar option also is available.

Seating is limited, so please register by May 3.

Co-sponsored by the
Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Hospital Association.

Register Now!

Wondering what the County Health Rankings mean for your community?

Join us on Wednesday, May 8, for an engaging discussion on the health factors and outcomes detailed for each Kansas county — and the implications moving forward as demographics continue changing.

The population of Kansas is aging, becoming increasingly diverse and concentrating in urban areas. Event attendees will learn more about a changing Kansas and the role Rankings can play as counties work to develop healthy and thriving communities. The event also will focus on the key leadership roles of the behavioral health, health care and community health sectors in this work.

Participants can attend either online or in-person at the Kansas Health Institute, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center or Republic County Hospital.

Keynote Speaker

Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. He also is the Executive Director of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and at the School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Cosmos Club, the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the NASMHPD Research Institute, and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health.

Panel Discussion

Panelists will discuss the role that community health, healthcare and behavioral health play in a healthy, thriving community. Further, panelists will share their experience with County Health Rankings and the changes they’ve seen in their communities.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute and
Republic County Hospital in Belleville for providing meeting space for this event.

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

The Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization existing to be the leading advocate and resource for members. KHA membership includes 223 member facilities, of which 124 are full-service, community hospitals. KHA and its affiliates provide a wide array of services to the hospitals of Kansas and the Midwest region. Founded in 1910, KHA’s vision is: “Optimal Health for Kansans.”  

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