Public Health in Action

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The purpose of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) is to ready our state and counties for a host of public health emergencies. The good news is a lot of preliminary work the counties have been doing via the PHEP program has paid dividends when it comes to the COVID-19 response. READ MORE

KDHE was notified by the Kansas Department of Administration in June 2020 that there are significant cuts to programs/initiatives funded with state general funds due to the state budget crisis. READ MORE

The What Works for Health database has over 400 evidence-informed policies and programs to make a difference in your communityREAD MORE

County health departments in Kansas lacked the resources and manpower to swiftly ramp up “boots-on-the-ground” work when the coronavirus pandemic hit, new research suggests. READ MORE

As Kansas re-emerges from statewide COVID-19 orders, a veto last week by Governor Laura Kelly has returned authority to counties to set health, business and mass gathering limits. READ MORE

The global spread of Covid-19 has placed the mask at the center of American life. READ MORE

As I’m writing this, Kansas has confirmed its 15th case of the novel coronavirus and our teams have switched to telecommuting for the foreseeable future. READ MORE

The outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the United States received widespread media attention when CDC began investigating a cluster of teens and young adults in Wisconsin and Illinois hospitalized with unexplained, sudden onset severe acute respiratory distress. . READ MORE

Even under the best of circumstances, parenting a newborn child can be a difficult and challenging job. While a baby opens up a world of unmatched joy and happiness for families, caring for a newborn also strains the limits of human endurance. READ MORE

The tall steel structures that rise out of the ground at McCarty Family Farms in Thomas County are a dramatic interruption to the endless horizon of grassland and crop fields of the surrounding high plains. READ MORE

A landmark event to align the work of behavioral health and public health took place Sept. 30 at the Cyrus Hotel in Topeka. Ninety people representing behavioral health, public health, corrections, health care, schools and universities attended the Behavioral Health Community Planning Day. READ MORE

Cristi Cain, local public health program director and accreditation coordinator at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is one of 12 participants in the National Network of Public Health Institute’s (NNPHI) 2019 Strategic Scholars Program, which helps public health professionals build and enhance key strategic skills for modern-day public health practice. READ MORE

The neighborhood around Lincoln Elementary School is incredibly rich. It sits near Hutchinson’s largest public recreation area – Carey Park – which is home to an 18-hole golf course, a network of hike and bike trails, playgrounds for all ages of children, and a popular water park, Salt City Splash. READ MORE

Stories are a vital part of building community. They remind us why we love the work we do and remind others that we’re all in this together. Not sure if your work is story-worthy? It is. We’ll help you figure out the details. READ MORE

Many of you may be familiar with the “Pair of ACEs” from the George Washington School of Public Health and the natural question that comes from this model – “What’s in your soil?” READ MORE

As a follow up to last week’s post from the Barton County Health Department, Shelly Schneider shares their journey to move the work into the community through RiseUP Barton County. READ MORE

One of the reasons that our team wanted to create this online community was so that we can share the stories of our amazing partners from across the state who are learning more about how traumatic stress impacts their organizations and the people who they work with and alongside. READ MORE