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Welcome to Kansas Rural Health Works

Welcome to Kansas Rural Health Works, a resource dedicated to helping rural communities build affordable and sustainable local health care systems.

Kansas Rural Health Works (KRHW) began in 2004 with support from the Kansas Rural Health Options Project funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. It was an initiative to expand public awareness of the importance of the economic contribution of the health care sector and its critical role in rural economic vitality. KRHW has expanded its outreach to provide information to support local decision-makers in rural communities to become proactive and involved in planning and supporting their local health systems. The ultimate objective has been to maintain local health care services, including critical access hospitals, resulting in healthier rural communities and economies.


Health Care Impact Reports - Updated October 2017

The Importance of the Health Care Sector to the Economy is a report that presents estimates of the economic contribution and the economic potential of the health care sector on the local economy.

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Facilitated Community Health Needs Assessment Assistance Available

Meeting local needs related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Local Health Department Accreditation.

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires many hospitals to be active in helping improve local health-related conditions. At the same time, efforts are underway to implement an accreditation program for local health departments. Both of these initiatives require completion of a periodic Community Health Needs Assessment. KRHW provides community facilitation and planning assistance to develop local actions plans that meet these requirements. Learn More

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Rural County Health Services Directories Now Available

KRHW has compiled local health service and provider directories for Kansas rural counties. These directories are intended to help rural residents identify locally-accessible health care services and keep their health care spending in the community. It also supports the identification of health services "gaps" that may exist in the context of conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment.

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