Kansas Shows Great Improvment in National Health Rankings

Kansas has moved from the middle of the pack to the upper third of states in the latest national health rankings.

The Department of Health and Environment reports that only three states showed greater improvement on the 18 indicators in the rankings.

Kansas improved the most in smoking prevention and childhood immunization.

Kansas went from 43rd in the nation last year in immunization coverage to 13th this year. And only five states had lower rates of smoking than Kansas.

On the other hand, Kansas still has a relatively high rate of obesity, infant mortality, and traffic deaths.