Colyer on health

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer says during a Kansas GOP bus tour stop on Oct. 6 in Topeka that he has been ‘very, very busy’ leading the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Rural Kansans — who represent one quarter of the state’s population — face greater health risks than their urban and suburban counterparts. People from rural areas tend to be older, have higher rates of underlying health conditions and are more likely to have low incomes, live in poverty and be unemployed and uninsured, according to Carri Henning-Smith, a public health professor at the University of Minnesota.

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