For Immediate Release
January 7, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Regional Post-Summit Conversations on Dropout Prevention Scheduled

Kansans invited to DropIN and be part of the solution

Kansas DropINs, a collaborative dropout prevention effort led by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), announced today that it will host eight regional post-summit conversations in follow-up to the Kansas' Dropout Prevention Summit held October 20 in Wichita. The challenges and solutions identified by each region will be compiled into a statewide action plan for dropout prevention.

"A 'one-size-fits-all' approach will not be successful in preventing our youth from dropping out," said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.  "Conversing locally about the issues and promising solutions unique to each area of the state will help to ensure that the Summit was more than just a one-day discussion."

Attendance at the regional conversations is free, however registration is strongly encouraged.  To register, contact Jessica Noble at jnoble@kdheks.gov or 785-296-1521.  For more information or to view a map of the regions visit: www.KansasDropINs.org

Every Kansan has a stake in ensuring our youth succeed and therefore all sectors - private businesses, government agencies, school staff, parents, youth and concerned citizens are invited to attend.

Regional Pre-summit Conversations Schedule:

Southeast Region, Monday, January 11, 11:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Neosho County Community College, Oak Room in the Student Union
800 W 14th Street, Chanute KS 66720

South Central Region, Tuesday, January 12, 11:30 - 3:00 p.m.
South Central Kansas Education Service Center
13939
Diagonal Road, Clearwater KS 67026

Wichita Region, Wednesday, January 13, 11:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce
350 West Douglas Avenue, Wichita KS 67202

Southwest Region, Thursday, January 14, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Garden City Community College, 2nd floor Student & Community Services Center
801 Campus Drive, Garden City KS 67846

Northwest Region, Friday January 15, 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Colby Community College , room 108 in the Student Union
1255 S Range Avenue, Colby KS 67701

Northeast Region, Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.                                  
Lawrence Public School District Office
110 McDonald Drive, Lawrence KS 66044

Kansas City Region, Thursday, January 21, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.   
Kansas City Kansas Community College, Jewell Building, Upper Room
7250 State Avenue, Kansas City KS 66112

North Central Region, Monday, January 25, 11:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Salina Area Chamber of Commerce
120 W. Ash, Salina KS 67402

Note to Editors: Local interest for Chanute, Clearwater , Colby, Garden City, Kansas City , Lawrence , Salina and Wichita

As the state's environmental protection and public health agency, KDHE promotes responsible choices to protect the health and environment for all Kansans.

Through education, direct services and the assessment of data and trends, coupled with policy development and enforcement, KDHE will improve health and quality of life.  We prevent illness, injuries and foster a safe and sustainable environment for the people of Kansas .

Kansas' Dropout Prevention Summit is funded through a grant received by the America's Promise Alliance, a national organization committed to ending the nation's dropout crisis, and a generous donation by State Farm Insurance. 

Kansas DropINs was formed in 2008 and is tasked with the planning the state's Dropout Prevention Summit .  For more information visit: www.KansasDropINs.org.