Winter 2022 Newsletter
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Poll finds 95% of Kansans support wellness vaccines

Nurture KC commissioned a statewide survey, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, to see how Kansas residents felt about vaccines.

Key Findings

• 95% of Kansas voters believe taking vaccines for such diseases as measles, mumps and polio is “extremely” or “very important” to maintaining good health.

• Across political party lines, Kansas residents strongly believe wellness immunizations are safe, effective and important to stay healthy (94% to 99% depending on party).

• More than 90% of Kansans support wellness vaccine requirements for children to attend school and childcare, and think the authority to set vaccine policy should be left to the state’s health department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Access Survey Details

The immunization survey results were first shared with lawmakers last week at the Capitol, then publicly released by Nurture KC at the Immunize Kansas Coalition’s virtual legislative reception. As members of Nurture KC and MAIC, you can access the comprehensive survey data and insights on our MEMBERS page. The media also received a summary version of the results, found on our IMMUNIZATION page.

Why does this poll matter?

“Like every state, Kansas requires routine vaccinations to keep our infants and children healthy. But there have been efforts to greatly relax immunization requirements, turning back the clock on one of the most important disease prevention tools of the 20th century,” says Tracy Russell, Executive Director of Nurture KC. “Our comprehensive survey results find that these proposals are out of step and do not represent the beliefs of the vast majority of Kansans. In these uncertain times, routine wellness immunizations is actually a topic with overwhelming bipartisan support.”

Call to Action

“These extreme politics are why it’s critical that 95% of Kansans speak-up for what they believe in – routine wellness immunizations,” says Ali Hilton, Director of the Mid America Immunization Coalition (MAIC), a program of Nurture KC. “Contact your state representative or senator to let them know Kansas vaccine requirements should not be altered. These standards keep us safe.”

Media Coverage So Far

This article by The Kansas City Star gives details on immunization politics and how extreme anti-vax legislators may “do their damage quietly … with few hearings or open discussion.” Nurture KC is quoted in it.

Today's issue of the Sunflower State Journal covers Nurture KC's poll results.
This media outlet is a non-partisan, independent publication reporting on events at the Kansas Capitol and key in reaching our political audience ...
New addition to Immunization Story Bank

MAIC continues to add new pro-immunization personal stories to our IMMUNIZATION page. The latest one comes from Kansas Citian, Crista Bosley, titled: "I got immunized against COVID while pregnant."

"(During COVID) was an intimidating time to be pregnant," Bosley says. "After my doctor’s recommendation and doing fact-based, scientific research, I knew vaccination was the only decision for me. At first I was nervous, but the more research that surfaced showing vaccination was safe for pregnant women, the more reassured I felt. I knew this was a tangible step I could take to keep my baby and myself safe."

Read her full story here where you can learn about her decision-making journey, which also includes links to scientific sources. We did this for community members who may be on the fence about COVID vaccines. This way they can fact check statements through credible, vetted sources. Please share this link to her story with others:
Legislative Update: Immunization + 2022 Priorities

This year started off with a combined 2,600 bills being introduced in Kansas and Missouri! Nurture KC is following a significantly higher number of them than in past years. What's driving this flurry of legislation? If you view our bill list on the Nurture KC MEMBERS page (which is updated weekly), you will see several bills are aimed at curtailing the ability of government and the private sector to enact COVID-19 mitigation measures.

As mentioned earlier in this newsletter, there also are attempts to undermine our community's routine vaccine schedules, which have long been accepted as necessary public health measures. MAIC, of course, is advocating for these immunization standards to remain in place for the safety of our entire community.

Check out the Nurture KC January Update to learn about other bills of importance around public health that impact us organizationally.

Nurture KC's Legislative Priorities for 2022:
1) Extend Medicaid Postpartum Coverage to One Year
2) Protect and Prioritize Immunization
3) Stay Involved in Emerging Issues Impacting Our Families
(e.g., the Food Tax Elimination in KS and the Right to Counsel Ordinance in KC, MO)

Tracy Russell and Ali Hilton of Nurture KC meet with:
Democrat Kansas Senator, Cindy Holscher of District 8 (left or top in mobile view), and
Republican Kansas Senator, Kristen O'Shea of District 18 (right or bottom in mobile view) at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka to share immunization survey results.
COVID-19 resources to share

Since our last MAIC newsletter, we have added a new section on our Immunization page: COVID-19 Vaccine Updates. We add timely COVID resources here as they become available. Often, these are "hot topics" and in the news.

So far, these resources include:

We will continue to add to this section as other hot topics surface. Please bookmark this section at and check back.
Has this newsletter inspired you to become more involved?

If so, consider joining the Board of Directors at Nurture KC! The Board meets quarterly, provides strategic input for the organization, monitors finances and program performance, helps develop policies and procedures, and acts as a positive spokesperson for our mission whenever possible.

To learn more and apply, access this Prospective Board of Directors Packet. We thank you for your time and consideration.

Questions? Email Ali Hilton at