Though the number is impossible to pinpoint, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Low German Mennonites, distinct for their language and religion, have started settlements in southwest Kansas, said Cyndi Treaster, director of the Farmworker, Immigrant and Refugee Health Section in the Office of Local and Rural Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
"It's really interesting," Treaster
"There's not a lot of preventive health care in their community.
When services are offered to them - dental care, childhood immunizations, early prenatal care - they are accepted and utilized, Treaster
"I think what happens is that when they do get hooked up with clinics and health departments, oftentimes they go in because they're going to put some children in public school and need immunizations," Treaster