Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health

Informatics LiveStories


Welcome to our LiveStories page featuring stories about public health in Kansas. LiveStories is a new feature, KDHE implemented to help us tell our stories to the public. The below pages feature interactive data graphs, charts, and narratives. Bookmark this page as we will be adding new LiveStories in the future. If you have ideas for a public health LiveStory, please email us at KDHE.healthstatistics@ks.gov.

To learn more, click on the LiveStory of interest:

  • Kansas 2017 Harmful Algal Bloom Summary
    Harmful algal blooms (HABs) affect public waters in Kansas each year. These blooms can cause illness in humans, livestock, and pets. This report shares information about algal bloom surveillance in Kansas and a summary of the 2017 algal bloom season. Included is the 26 Kansas public waters that were affected by the HABs in 2017.
     
  • COPD in Adult Kansans
    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung diseases which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a chronic health condition that affects thousands of Kansans. While cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, there are other commonalities among individuals with COPD. This report shares COPD prevalence, hospitalizations, and mortality in Kansas during a five-year time period.
     
  • Kansas Teenage Pregnancy
    In 1997 the Kansas teen birth rate was 48.3 per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19. That rate has declined steadily since then for both the state and nation. As of 2016, the Kansas teen birth rate was 21.9. This is a decrease of 54.7%! About three out of four (73.1%) pregnant adolescents and teens were 18-19 years of age, 25.7 percent were 15-17 years of age, and 1.2 percent were 10-14 years of age.
     
  • Kansas Infant Deaths
    A basic indicator of the health of a community is infant mortality, the death of an infant before one year of age. Kansas has made great strides in reducing infant mortality. Resident infant mortality has decreased 92 percent from 73.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1912 (2,795 infant deaths) to 5.9 in 2016 (223 infant deaths). This rate is historic low for Kansas and exceeding the Healthy People 2020 objective of 6.0 deaths per 1,000 live births.
     
  • Emergency Department Visits Associated with Winter Weather in Kansas 2013-2015: Motor Vehicle Crashes and Falls
    Winter weather in Kansas can be unpredictable, which puts people at an increased risk for winter weather-related injuries, increasing the number of emergency department (ED) visits. The winter season brings with it an increased risk for certain cold-related injuries such as hypothermia and frostbite, motor vehicle crashes due to poor driving conditions, and falls because of snow and ice.
     
  • Hypothermia-Related Deaths in Kansas, 2012-2016
    Hypothermia is a very common cold related health problem. This surveillance report shares with you the number of hypothermia-related deaths during a five-year time period, to highlight the fact that cold can kill. The number of annual cases varied slightly within a range of 6 to 10 cases per year.
     
  • Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Happens to Frequently in Kansas
    Each year a little over 220 Kansas babies do not live until their first birthday. Nationally, that figure is about 24,500 babies dying before their first birthday. Of those infant deaths to Kansas babies, Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) occurs to over 40 babies a year.
     
  • Occupational Exposure to Pesticides in Kansas
    In Kansas, about 17% of the labor force, or just over one in six jobs, is employed by agriculture. It is the largest industry and employer in the state. Because Kansas has a prominent agriculture workforce, it is important to understand the issues surrounding occupational pesticide exposure among agricultural workers.