SHAPING THE FUTURE OF KANSAS
DATA CAN HELP MAKE KANSAS BETTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
If we address the barriers facing children of color in the state, we can improve economic, health, education, and social outcomes across the board.
Kansas Action for Children’s Data Spotlight series examines how systemic racism and other factors shape issues affecting Kansas children and identifies ways policymakers can help every Kansas child succeed.
More than 30,000 Kansas children didn't have health insurance in 2015, a number much too high for Kansans committed to a healthy state. What's more, Black and Latinx Kansas kids are twice as likely as white Kansas children to be uninsured. That puts them at risk of serious illness or their families at risk of financial devastation from medical debt.
Last year, Kansas marked a significant achievement: a record-low infant mortality rate. However, a closer look at the infant mortality information reveals that Black Kansas babies remain roughly three times as likely to die as white babies, due to a variety of systemic barriers.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Kansas Action for Children will continue delving into disaggregated data and create additional reports and graphics in the months to come. This website will be expanded and updated as that crucial work continues.