About KDHE


KDHE's Mission

To protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Welcome to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's website. Our vision is 'Healthy Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments.' To that end, we welcome your suggestions and critiques of our service delivery across the state.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment consists of three divisions: Environment, Health Care Finance and Public Health. The Division of Environment has the following six bureaus that work toward Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments: Air, Environmental Field Services, Environmental Remediation, Health and Environmental Laboratories, Waste Management and Water. The Division of Health Care Finance includes Electronic Health Records, Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange, KanCare, Medicaid Program Integrity, Office of Inspector General, Projections and Informatics, and the State Employee Health Plan. The Division of Public Health has the following six bureaus that work to protect and improve the health of all Kansans: Community Health Systems, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics, Family Health, Health Promotion and Oral Health. There are two support bureaus – Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics and the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory – which provide information resource management and laboratory assistance to the other divisions and the general public. The Office of Vital Statistics, within the Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics is responsible for registering births, deaths, marriages and divorces and issuing those certificates.

KDHE works to align its program activities with the agency's strategic priorities to achieve the most effective and efficient services for the state. Kansas' public health system – including county health departments, clinics, hospitals, behavioral health centers, emergency management, etc. – is committed to finding areas for continual improvement and working together to achieve success in preventing disease and injury, helping people manage existing health conditions and promoting healthy behaviors.