Health Care Is Critical
In Rural Kansas.
Starting the Conversation On Rural Health Care
Rural communities are facing ongoing and emerging challenges including health care delivery. In Kansas, five hospitals have closed since 2010, and 73% of Kansas hospitals are operating at a loss.
While we can identify declining and aging populations as contributing factors for these challenges, the vision for the future is still coming into focus. And though hospitals play a role in the health of a community, we know that health is about more than health care.
That’s why The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and Kansas Health Foundation are leading community conversations on the future of health and health care in Kansas communities. So Kansans can have access to the services they need, and to help our rural towns thrive.
Of Kansas hospitals have 2 or fewer patients per night
Kansas counties projected to have a declining population
Of the Kansas population will be 65 or older by 2065
Several Kansas communities have already signed on to host conversations, and you don’t need to be a healthcare expert to participate. See our scheduled events to find a conversation near you.