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Health status and outcomes for rural residents are falling behind compared to individuals living in metropolitan areas.

student with patient on a front portch

This decline in rural health status started in the late 1980s and is only worsening. The life expectancy for someone in rural Kansas is decreasing for the first time in over one hundred years. We know that clinical services contribute about twenty percent to health status and outcomes, while behaviors and socioeconomic factors contribute seventy percent. Improving rural health disparities in Kansas must take a multi-disciplinary and multisector approach.

The Kansas Center for Rural Health Partner group will consist of individuals and organizations interested in improving rural health in Kansas. Partner members will help raise awareness of Kansas rural health disparities, bring current activities related to improving rural health from a holistic standpoint to the forefront, and identify opportunities for more effective collaboration across groups in Kansas with similar interests.

View the KCRH Partners charter (PDF)

Are you an individual or a group interested in rural health? Learn more about becoming a partner.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas Center for Rural Health
Health Education Center
138 N. Santa Fe
Salina, KS  67401