According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the 2011 estimated population of Kansaswasjust over 2.8 million--2,871,238 people – over1/3 of them (1,034,260) living in rural areas of the state.
Where are these rural areas?There are a few different definitions, sets of terminology, and data strategies available to help us put parameters on “what is rural”.Here is one example—which looks at zip codes (mostly rural county with an urban cluster)The darkest clusters have a population of 50,000 or moreThe red clusters have populations between 10,000 and 49,999The light pink clusters = 2,500 – 9,999The yellow (majority of the map!) = less than 2,500The locations of the major cities are easy to identify: Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka
Here is another example that looks at county-wide population:Dark areas are considered urban or a “metro” countyLight yellow areas are rural or “nonmetro” counties
The average per-capita income for Kansans in 2009 was $38,929 although rural per-capita income lagged at $35,033. People living in rural areas typically make less money and this is the trend across the U.S.Rural residents' participation in the informal economy may not count toward meeting the work requirements of welfare. Moreover, many rural residents are reluctant to admit they need government assistance, even if they qualify for help, because dependency on programs such as TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), Medicaid and food stamps carry a stigma.
The unemployment rate in rural Kansas is at 5.7%, while Kansas is at 6.7% (USDA-ERS, 2011).Programs that address barriers to employment, promote asset accumulation, job training and retention, and provide supports, such as child care and transportation, must take into account the unique characteristics of rural life in order to be successful. Limited financial resources, a lack of infrastructure, and lower population density impact and influence service delivery options. Strong communities and greater coordination of services offer opportunities to better meet the needs of these workers.
Although the unemployment rate is lower in rural areas, there is still a higher rate of poverty in rural communities.2010 estimates indicate a poverty rate of 14.9% exists in rural Kansas, compared to a 13.5% state-wide level. Rural welfare recipients and low-wage workers can benefit from a wide range of programs designed to support work and encourage self-sufficiency. Many rural welfare recipients and low-income workers have more than one job, often with no health benefits, and still live in poverty.
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Online Library – over 13,000 resourcesFunding opportunitiesNewsEvents calendarOrganizations & expert contactsMapsReports and PublicationsSlide: Online LibraryWe scour state, federal and organizational sites to build this collection of freely-available research papers, white papers, policy briefs, news events, and funding programs.
-more detail later:Slide: Topics & States-access collections on 80 topics: food and hunger, housing and homelessness, Medicaid…-most-used guides-page for each state, and “all states” page -maps, statistical data, news, events, successful programs
RAC Updates – listserv for health and/or human services updates, RSS feeds FacebookThe Rural Monitor (quarterly newsletter)Rural health contactsMaps-Webinars:The ACAAmerican Community Survey
Theory and intro:-Half of our requests are on the topic of funding, rural nonprofits looking for money-New funding programs are added to the site daily, many more are updated with information regarding a new cycle release. Together these average 500 new or updated funding programs each year.-We have about 1200 funding programs tracked through the site
Sections on the site for active and inactive funding programs
Foundation Center/Directory-free source of information about philanthropy-search for foundations in your area or on certain topics (928 foundations in Kansas)-view webinars and read information about the grantwriting process-statistics on grantmakers / sponsors, top funders …-Offer a database, Foundation Directory, of available funding opportunities-Cooperating Collections—libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers -8 in the state of KS (grantspace.org) -read about broad funding topics: human services, health care, arts & culture, education, environment, community and economic development
Topics and states: Detailed tour of Welfare and Income Support (also show screen shots of test site to preview new navigation and features)Other topic guides covering poverty-Child care-Food & hunger-Housing & homelessness-Job training & adult education-Medicaid-Medicare-Transportation-Uninsured and underinsured-Substance abuse-Teen pregnancy
Back of handout-80 topics
Search “poverty” in rac resources to show how much is on the topic, also in documents
Slide: HomepageNew features—access tools for success Slide: Economic Impact Analysis ToolUsed for:-projections given proposed federal budget cuts and reduction on reimbursements-show how your project’s spending on staff, supplies, equipment, and other expenses benefits your community’s economy Slide: EIA User GuideSee examples of economic impact scenarios-User guide walks you through each step with images and explanations on what everything means. Use it to see what the tool asks for and what it can do before you start you analysis.-Similar information is provided throughout the process with video tutorials-Create an account with name, email, password, your role in HHS realm, zip code. -All information is secure and confidential -Allows you to start, stop, save-Report total economic impact, ratio of impact to total spending, offers a project information summary, spending details—impact of personnel spending, equipment and supplies, contracts, and other operational spending-print, save and email report Slide: Community Health Gateway-New project funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy-Houses evidence-based tools, best practices and methods for populations that are evaluated and provided to us by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) Slide: Toolkits-Each toolkit in the Gateway will look and operate differently, but the idea is the same-to give you the evidence-based strategies for approaching a project or a problem-First is the Community Health Workers toolkit. Obesity and chronic illness are next. Slide: Community Health Workers-laid out in modules from which you can pick and choose elements to implement. Building on community health workers could be a way to increase your health workforce for little or no additional costSlide: HITThis is a pilot program developed by us at RAC and the National Rural Health Resource Center, again with funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy.-search by keyword-browse by the 8 category types: case studies, research and reports, funding, planning tools, regulations & legislation, technical assistance, tutorials, training & presentations, websites.-25 topics such as: meaningful use, privacy & security, implementation, currently 20 resources specific to RHCs
Used for:projections given proposed budget cutsshow how your project’s spending on staff, supplies, equipment, and other expenses benefits your community’s economySee examples of economic impact scenarios
This user guide walks you through each step with images and what everything means. Use it to see what the tool asks for and what it can do before you even create an account or start your analysis.Similar information is provided throughout the actual process-video tutorials on each page of the processCreate an account – email, password, name, your role in rural health and human services, Zip code -All information is secure and confidential -Allows you to start, stop, saveNext is your Economic Impact Report results page. Your information is broken down by: Total economic impactRatio Economic impact to total spendingRatio: Economic impact to HRSA fundingProject Information SummarySpending detailsImpact of Personnel spendingImpact of Equipment/Supplies spendingImpact of Contract spendingImpact of Other Operational spending Save, print, email the report
New project Funding is provided by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration.Houses evidence-based toolsBest practices and methods for populations that are evaluated and provided to us by National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
Each toolkit will look and operate differently, idea is the same—to give you the evidence-based strategies and tools for approaching a project or program or accomplishing a goal.First in the Gateway is the Community Health Workers Toolkit.Rural communities, especially their low-income populations, experience health care access issues. Community health workers can help increase the health care workforce at different points-of-care.Community health workers (CHWs) are identified by many titles, including community health advisors, lay health advocates, Promotoras, outreach educators, community health representatives, peer health promoters and peer health educators. According to a HRSA Community Health Workers National Workforce Study, CHWs:Offer interpretation and translation servicesProvide culturally appropriate health education and informationAssist people in receiving the care they needIn 2009, the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics created an occupation code for CHWs. This definition includes duties such as:Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviorsConduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community healthProvide information on available resourcesProvide social support and informal counselingAdvocate for individuals and community health needsProvide services such as first aid and blood pressure screeningMay collect data to help identify community health needsExcludes ‘Health Educators’Community health workers’ (CHWs) roles and activities are tailored to meet the unique needs of their communities, and also depend on factors such as whether they work in the health care or social services sectors. Generally, their roles include: Creating connections between vulnerable populations and health care systemsManaging care and care transitions for vulnerable populationsDetermining eligibility and enrolling individuals into health insurance plansEnsuring cultural competence among health care professionals serving vulnerable populationsProviding culturally appropriate health education on topics related to chronic disease prevention, physical activity and nutritionAdvocating for underserved individuals to receive appropriate servicesProviding informal counselingBuilding capacity to address health issues
The CHW toolkit is laid out in modules that you can pick and choose elements that you can implement in your clinic & community.
With support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural HIT Taskforce, this toolkit provides federal resources to help guide rural health facilities and providers through the phases of choosing, implementing and operating HIT systems.Using the toolkit, rural communities can: Address challenges of finding capital fundingHelp community colleges enhance training programsStay informed about legislation affecting EHRs Leverage multiple federal resources for project development This is a pilot program developed by the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and the National Rural Health Resource Center, with funding provided by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP).-Browse by the 8 categories (case studies; research and reports; funding; planning tools; regulations & legislation; technical assistance; tutorials, training & presentations; webistes)-25 topics: such as meaningful use, privacy & security, implementation, currently 20 resources specific to RHCs
Sponsors that fund poverty:• Kansas Housing Resources Corporationhttp://www.kshousingcorp.org/• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmenthttp://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/• First Children’s Finance http://www.dcc-corner.com/• KS Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Serviceshttp://www.srs.ks.gov/• USDA Rural Development KS State Officehttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/KS_Home.html• Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansanshttp://www.sunflowerfoundation.org/• World Hunger Year : Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awardshttp://www.whyhunger.org/