Critical Condition: Stories of Health in the Heartland


This short film, created by award winning filmmaker Ky Dickens, features community members and health professionals from across Kansas sharing their challenges and triumphs as they strive to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities.

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What people are saying:

This film captured the sad reality of thousands of individuals in Kansas. I appreciate how the film humanized individuals who work so hard and struggle to have health insurance. That you for sharing these stories and continuing the conversation.  

This is a powerful film that tells the reality of life that many Americans face. I appreciate that there wasn’t any blame but just the truth and heart about the reality of life. A human issue.

More people need to understand how Medicaid can help people get and stay health to work and pay taxes and help keep hospitals and health care providers in rural communities.


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Help your friends and neighbors learn about the real-life challenges face by people across Kansas. Our Screening Guide includes all the information you need to host an independent screening of ACS CAN’s new documentary Critical Condition: Stories of Health in the Heartland. Included, you will find: promotional content, instructions to access the full film, a discussion guide and more.

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