For Immediate Release
May 30, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Ranks High in Child Health Care, Study Finds

Efforts to Improve Health Outcomes Continue

Kansas ranks tenth overall among states and the District of Columbia in child health care, according to a report released this week by the Commonwealth Fund. The report, “U.S. Variations in Child Health System Performance: A State Scorecard,” evaluates five dimensions of state child health systems: access, quality, costs, potential to lead healthy lives, and equity.

“We are pleased that Kansas has received a high ranking for our efforts to provide for the health of children,” stated Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). “Nevertheless, much work remains and we will continue to strive for better outcomes, particularly with regard to infant mortality rates; income, insurance and health disparities; and the potential for Kansas children to enjoy a life full of health.”

The state of Iowa received the number-one overall ranking, with Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Ohio following. The report notes wide variations in health care access, quality, costs, equity and the potential for children to lead healthy lives within the U.S. Kansas rankings for selected indicators include:

The report also ranked states by dimension of child health care, and provided general recommendations to all states on ways to improve. Kansas received the following dimension rankings:

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that promotes better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency in health care. For more information, visit