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State Profile

Kansas

Population (2019): 2.913 million

Kansas’s public health outcomes stack up unevenly against those of the United States, and it has not taken several steps that would strengthen its preparedness for public health emergencies. Deaths owed to drug misuse, alcohol, or suicide trail the country as a whole. Its rates of obesity and related conditions indicate a mixed picture, with the percentage of adults with obesity higher than the U.S. median, as rates of diabetes and hypertension rank in the middle of the pack. Finally, the state achieved a score of three out of a possible 10 measures of public health preparedness for diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.

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Kansas at a glance

50.7

Percent of population (age 6 months or older) who received seasonal flu vaccination, 2018-19

High Tier

Public health emergency preparedness performance tier (High, Medium, Low), 2019

32.8

Percent of adults who have hypertension, 2017

11.8

Percent of adults who have diabetes, 2019

13

Percent of children age 10-17 who have obesity, 2017-18

34.4

Percent of adults who have obesity, 2019

40.3

Deaths related to alcohol, drugs, or suicide (per 100,000), 2018

19

Suicide deaths (per 100,000), 2018

12.4

Drug-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018

10.8

Alcohol-related deaths (per 100,000), 2018

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