Health

Hospital staffing and capacity a concern for Kansas communities as COVID-19 multiplies

BY: - October 14, 2020

TOPEKA — Concerns are growing about adequate staffing levels and bed capacity at Kansas hospitals and nursing homes strained by rising COVID-19 cases. Hospitals in southeast Kansas already are struggling with capacity issues. Ascension Via Christi Hospital announced this week it would implement its surge plan and cease all elective surgeries because of a spike […]

Labette and Crawford counties in southeast Kansas are in the top 10 in terms of attracting COVID-19 variants. So far, 47 mutations of COVID-19 have been detected in 60 Kansas counties. Nearly half the cases were in Sedgwick County. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Report: Kansas obesity rate at 10.6% for youth ages 10 to 17

BY: - October 14, 2020

Kansas' obesity rate among youth 10-17 years old is an impressive 10.6%, but the state's adult rate is more than three times higher.

Kansas ERs burdened by worsening mental health crisis, overflow from state hospitals

BY: - October 10, 2020

TOPEKA — Emergency rooms across Kansas are seeing an increase in people with behavioral and mental health issues seeking care amid the pandemic, and the medical facilities lack necessary resources or staff dedicated to serving these patients. Many of them are awaiting an open bed at Osawatomie State Hospital or Larned State Hospital, both inpatient […]

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the spread of COVID-19 provided extra incentive for people to get an influenza vaccination. He expects Kansas hospital resources to be stretched this fall and winter from exposure to the flu and coronavirus. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas health organizations seek reversal of decline in child vaccination

BY: - October 8, 2020

A trio of Kansas health organizations are concerned with reduction in child immunizations and wellness visits to clinics amid COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly joined state and local officials in Osawatomie to celebrate improvements to the Flint Hills Trail, which serves hikers and bikers on trails running through five counties in Kansas. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas adds to Flint Hills Trail in Osawatomie for bikers, riders, hikers

BY: - October 7, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly joined local officials in Osawatomie to recognize improvements in Miami County to the Flint Hills Trail used by cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. The 117-mile trail stretches from Osawatomie to Herington and cuts through five counties in east-central Kansas. It is the seventh-longest rail-to-trail in the United States. Flint Hills Trail […]

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall greets supporters during a campaign stop Tuesday in Topeka. His visit coincided with renewal of questions about abortion in the campaign pitting Marshall against Democratic nominee Barbara Bollier. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Medical document shows Marshall’s notes from terminated pregnancy

BY: and - October 6, 2020

Document shows U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall, a physician opposition to abortion, terminated a dangerous ectopic pregnancy in 2000.

Rep. Troy Waymaster, left, and Sen. Carolyn McGinn, who chair the House and Senate budget committees, will await revision of state tax revenue estimates in November to assess whether cuts to the State Water Plan can be restored. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Restoring full $8 million for Kansas water programs harder than turning a faucet

BY: - October 6, 2020

Revision of Kansas tax revenue estimates in November will offer clue as to whether State Water Plan budget cut can be reversed by Legislature, governor.

Kansas mental health crisis exacerbated by rising stress, worker pay disparity

BY: - October 5, 2020

The leading legislator on a committee charged with analyzing the state’s behavioral health system says the mental health crisis in Kansas has become more apparent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the state, mental health workers are underpaid, stress levels are rising and Kansans are struggling to access the care they require. Rep. Brenda Landwehr, a […]

Kansas health secretary says first wave of COVID-19 isn’t over, expect more infections

BY: - September 30, 2020

TOPEKA — Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary Lee Norman on Wednesday said the state remains in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of infections will be worse when the second wave arrives. Between 3-5% of the state’s 2.9 million people have already been infected, Norman said, and the spread […]

Melissa Rooker, executive director of the Kansas Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund, said more than $630,000 in federal COVID-19 funding will be used to improve internet service to families with young children in more than 80 counties. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas allocates $636,000 to boost internet services to young children

BY: - September 30, 2020

Kansas officials move more than $600,000 in CARES Act funding to help families with young children resolve internet access problems.

KU, Haskell and K-State to collaborate on $6 million intermittent stream research project

BY: - September 30, 2020

KSU, Haskell and KU in Kansas will collaborate on $6 million, four-year NSF research project on water-quality issues of intermittent streams.

Disadvantaged Kansans demand expansion of Medicaid amid health crisis

BY: - September 29, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Charles Carney has seen firsthand how disadvantaged Kansans have struggled with access to health care, especially amid the pandemic. Carney, a recovering alcoholic, said those in recovery often face a difficult choice between overpriced treatment options or trouble with law enforcement. “We ask for beds and health care and, instead, we […]