Civic and Community Engagement

KHF recognizes individuals’ health and well-being are also influenced by where and how they live. And stronger communities also help improve the health of Kansans.

KHF recognizes individuals’ health and well-being are also influenced by where and how they live. And stronger communities also help improve the health of Kansans. However, Kansas data indicates that individuals and groups that traditionally experience poor health outcomes may be less likely to participate in the election process, contact their elected officials or attend public meetings. Active, engaged community members help to shape policies, express needs and expectations, determine how resources are allocated, and elect their representatives. KHF invests in programs that help to build stronger communities and to encourage more Kansans to be civically engaged, and provides the support for leadership, information and data. The result is improved health outcomes for residents and healthy, vibrant communities for all.

Health outcomes in communities have been found to be higher in areas where populations are active and engaged in civic issues. One measure of this is voter turnout. The map below shows the unofficial voter turnout data, by county, from the 2018 Kansas gubernatorial election. This data comes from the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

Select a county to see data from that area.
Percent voter turnout = 51.2%
Percent voter turnout = 51.3%
Percent voter turnout = 48.1%
Percent voter turnout = 61%
Percent voter turnout = 48.4%
Percent voter turnout = 41.8%
Percent voter turnout = 56.6%
Percent voter turnout = 50%
Percent voter turnout = 67.2%
Percent voter turnout = 48.8%
Percent voter turnout = 43.6%
Percent voter turnout = 59.4%
Percent voter turnout = 56.3%
Percent voter turnout = 55.6%
Percent voter turnout = 54.9%
Percent voter turnout = 57.6%
Percent voter turnout = 61.6%
Percent voter turnout = 52.5%
Percent voter turnout = 59.5%
Percent voter turnout = 54.7%
Percent voter turnout = 51.5%
Percent voter turnout = 52.5%
Percent voter turnout = 61.3%
Percent voter turnout = 59.5%
Percent voter turnout = 61.6%
Percent voter turnout = 59.1%
Percent voter turnout = 54.7%
Percent voter turnout = 42.3%
Percent voter turnout = 47%
Percent voter turnout = 52.2%
Percent voter turnout = 36.4%
Percent voter turnout = 66.8%
Percent voter turnout = 60.9%
Percent voter turnout = 52%
Percent voter turnout = 60%
Percent voter turnout = 57.5%
Percent voter turnout = 49.6%
Percent voter turnout = 49.7%
Percent voter turnout = 52.8%
Percent voter turnout = 60.9%
Percent voter turnout = 46.7%
Percent voter turnout = 63%
Percent voter turnout = 54.1%
Percent voter turnout = 56%
Percent voter turnout = 56.7%
Percent voter turnout = 62.5%
Percent voter turnout = 58.4%
Percent voter turnout = 63.1%
Percent voter turnout = 62.2%
Percent voter turnout = 47.3%
Percent voter turnout = 57.9%
Percent voter turnout = 57%
Percent voter turnout = 59.2%
Percent voter turnout = 54.8%
Percent voter turnout = 61.2%
Percent voter turnout = 53.1%
Percent voter turnout = 60.4%
Percent voter turnout = 60.6%
Percent voter turnout = 64.1%
Percent voter turnout = 44.1%
Percent voter turnout = 55.4%
Percent voter turnout = 55.6%
Percent voter turnout = 31.6%
Percent voter turnout = 60%
Percent voter turnout = 47.9%
Percent voter turnout = 62.8%
Percent voter turnout = 46.3%
Percent voter turnout = 61.9%
Percent voter turnout = 56%
Percent voter turnout = 56.3%
Percent voter turnout = 54.6%
Percent voter turnout = 56.5%
Percent voter turnout = 57.1%
Percent voter turnout = 61.4%
Percent voter turnout = 63.8%
Percent voter turnout = 63.5%
Percent voter turnout = 58.2%
Percent voter turnout = 51.2%
Percent voter turnout = 57.5%
Percent voter turnout = 53.1%
Percent voter turnout = 55%
Percent voter turnout = 61%
Percent voter turnout = 61.9%
Percent voter turnout = 60%
Percent voter turnout = 50.8%
Percent voter turnout = 56.3%
Percent voter turnout = 55.2%
Percent voter turnout = 36.8%
Percent voter turnout = 64%
Percent voter turnout = 62.1%
Percent voter turnout = 58.1%
Percent voter turnout = 61.3%
Percent voter turnout = 61.2%
Percent voter turnout = 54%
Percent voter turnout = 50.9%
Percent voter turnout = 46.9%
Percent voter turnout = 60.5%
Percent voter turnout = 60.3%
Percent voter turnout = 64.8%
Percent voter turnout = 63.5%
Percent voter turnout = 67.8%
Percent voter turnout = 55.8%
Percent voter turnout = 59.3%
Percent voter turnout = 56.5%
Percent voter turnout = 49.1%

Map Key

  • 39.4% or less
  • 39.5% to 46.5%
  • 46.6% to 53.6 %
  • 53.7% to 60.7%
  • 60.8% or higher

Based on past data, voter turnout should trend higher across all counties during the 2020 Presidential Election. However, voter turnout in state or local elections is more indicative of the actual civic participation in a given community.

Health outcomes in communities have been found to be higher in areas where populations make livable wages. Household income is one measure for the economic viability of a given population, and in the map below, household income is shown for each individual county. This data comes from the 2016 Kids Count report, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Select a county to see data from that area.
Median Household Income = $42,957
Median Household Income = $46,595
Median Household Income = $45,941
Median Household Income = $47,948
Median Household Income = $46,934
Median Household Income = $41,847
Median Household Income = $45,637
Median Household Income = $65,561
Median Household Income = $47,436
Median Household Income = $41,890
Median Household Income = $42,469
Median Household Income = $42,247
Median Household Income = $51,621
Median Household Income = $50,634
Median Household Income = $46,241
Median Household Income = $57,021
Median Household Income = $46,636
Median Household Income = $46,703
Median Household Income = $39,461
Median Household Income = $42,077
Median Household Income = $52,562
Median Household Income = $48,553
Median Household Income = $56,007
Median Household Income = $47,725
Median Household Income = $39,556
Median Household Income = $49,715
Median Household Income = $51,355
Median Household Income = $54,534
Median Household Income = $50,080
Median Household Income = $55,330
Median Household Income = $52,012
Median Household Income = $47,029
Median Household Income = $41,138
Median Household Income = $59,534
Median Household Income = $67,671
Median Household Income = $48,647
Median Household Income = $40,741
Median Household Income = $47,454
Median Household Income = $44,594
Median Household Income = $55,470
Median Household Income = $54,145
Median Household Income = $51,962
Median Household Income = $49,779
Median Household Income = $66,044
Median Household Income = $43,234
Median Household Income = $83,516
Median Household Income = $50,526
Median Household Income = $50,081
Median Household Income = $44,374
Median Household Income = $46,819
Median Household Income = $55,083
Median Household Income = $70,740
Median Household Income = $43,865
Median Household Income = $47,300
Median Household Income = $48,024
Median Household Income = $47,279
Median Household Income = $55,686
Median Household Income = $49,980
Median Household Income = $49,466
Median Household Income = $56,397
Median Household Income = $69,327
Median Household Income = $43,743
Median Household Income = $45,808
Median Household Income = $49,561
Median Household Income = $50,698
Median Household Income = $58,729
Median Household Income = $44,073
Median Household Income = $49,258
Median Household Income = $47,697
Median Household Income = $53,537
Median Household Income = $42,832
Median Household Income = $46,585
Median Household Income = $47,677
Median Household Income = $47,196
Median Household Income = $65,956
Median Household Income = $56,540
Median Household Income = $44,596
Median Household Income = $48,588
Median Household Income = $44,247
Median Household Income = $51,102
Median Household Income = $50,212
Median Household Income = $44,086
Median Household Income = $44,203
Median Household Income = $43,139
Median Household Income = $50,072
Median Household Income = $59,798
Median Household Income = $54,176
Median Household Income = $46,541
Median Household Income = $56,810
Median Household Income = $51,363
Median Household Income = $45,991
Median Household Income = $41,047
Median Household Income = $46,396
Median Household Income = $57,769
Median Household Income = $56,569
Median Household Income = $53,212
Median Household Income = $53,249
Median Household Income = $46,634
Median Household Income = $63,690
Median Household Income = $52,621
Median Household Income = $47,889
Median Household Income = $54,401
Median Household Income = $41,866
Median Household Income = $38,840
Median Household Income = $46,032

Map Key

  • Below $40,000
  • $40,000 to $44,000
  • $44,001 to $48,000
  • $48,001 to $53,000
  • $53,001 to $60,000
  • Above $60,000

Though the median household income in Kansas has been slowing rising in recent years, these gains in income have not kept pace with inflation or the rising costs of health insurance.

Economic factors play a key role in nearly every health outcome. Those living in poverty are more likely to be unemployed, which means they likely have no access to health insurance coverage. Those living in poverty are also at a much greater risk for obesity-related illnesses, and they use tobacco products at a much higher rate. In the map below, these county-by-county poverty rates come from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Select a county to see data from that area.
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 18.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 15.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 15.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 17.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.1%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16%
Percentage of people in poverty = 21.1%
Percentage of people in poverty = 17.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 18.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 5.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 7.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 17.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 17.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 18.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 7.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 7.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 17.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 21.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 15.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 7.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.1%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.9%
Percentage of people in poverty = 8.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 22%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 6.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 12.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 4.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 18.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.2%
Percentage of people in poverty = 4.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 13.3%
Percentage of people in poverty = 14.5%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 11.1%
Percentage of people in poverty = 4.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 6.1%
Percentage of people in poverty = 10.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 9.7%
Percentage of people in poverty = 4.4%
Percentage of people in poverty = 16.8%
Percentage of people in poverty = 20.6%
Percentage of people in poverty = 21.4%

Map Key

  • 7.8% or less
  • 7.9% to 11.4%
  • 11.5% to 15%
  • 15.1% to 19.5%
  • 19.6% or higher

Poverty is a complex issue. According to the Federal Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, many factors can contribute to inequitable access to resources and opportunities, which may result in poverty. Marital status, education, social class, social status, income level, and geographic location (e.g., urban vs. rural) can influence a household’s risk of living in poverty. Addressing poverty remains a root issue in efforts to produce healthier communities.

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