KACAP Recommends

At KACAP, we strive to be your portal to the best resources and research in the fight against poverty. Here is where we provide our favorite insights into the struggle to address the causes and conditions of poverty.

 

At least 21 million people—8 million workers and their families—rely on low-wage jobs in the federally-supported economy, that is, jobs with firms that receive a significant portion of their revenue from federal funds. DEMOS is doing a series of research papers that explore how a redesign of this system could bring 20 MILLION people into the middle class. Read More Here.

The 2012 poverty rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives was one of the highest in the country at 29.1 percent, compared to 15.9 percent for the overall population. If this fact shocks you as it did us, read the new report from Half In Ten.

At KACAP, we see the negative impact of Kansas’ severe dental shortage and recognize that this is a particular problem for low‐income people. That’s why we are a part of the Kansas Dental Project’s coalition to support a REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONER designation by our state legislature.


RDPs are like the Registered Nurse Practitioner in your doctor’s office. They can see clients and perform a limited scope of important services. In fact, by employing just one RDP, a dental practice will be able to schedule 2,000 to 3,000 more appointments annually and patients will experience shorter wait times for care. Right now, 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties don’t have enough dental providers. Thirteen counties don’t have any dentists at all. RDPs can help expand a dentist’s practice and reach out to communities where the needs are the greatest. In 2010, more than 17,500 emergency room visits were reported by Kansas hospitals for dental care – the number one reason was cavities. Allowing RDPs to work in Kansas will help to lessen ER usage for dental care, reducing costs for patients and hospitals.

Learn more about supporting RDP’s, and a really important community advocate meeting in Topeka on October 16, at www.kansasdental.com.

The Community Action Agencies of Kansas, and America, have the tools, programs, and services to help people help themselves and each other. But to TRULY change the nature and dynamic of our system, we are counting on YOU to play your part. Fortunately, many of our partnering organizations have developed guidelines, recommendations, and action plans that can serve as a reference for your efforts. 

The Center for Hunger Free Communities has polled the Witnesses to Hunger to publish these RECOMMENDATIONS.