For Immediate Release
June 7, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE announces Center for Health Equity and Bureau of Community Health Systems

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) would like to announce that the Center for Health Disparities is now called the Center for Health Equity. The name change reflects a broader and more positive framing of the purpose for Center initiatives, which is to promote better health for individuals, families and communities.  

The mission of the Center is to promote and improve the health status of all Kansans through shared leadership and collaboration across the public health system. One way to accomplish this is to reduce identified and emerging health disparities among racial, ethnic, tribal and underserved populations. The Center specifically supports identification, leveraging, training and communication about existing resources within the Division of Health to address reduction of disparities.

Accomplishments of the Center since January 2011 include:

“The Center’s name change reflects a broader purpose for its initiatives,” explained Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of KDHE. “Achieving health equity requires promoting better health and quality of life for everyone. I am confident that the Center for Health Equity will continue its work to improve health outcomes for all Kansans.”

Local and Rural Health, Public Health Preparedness become BCHS

As part of the agency’s overall efforts to improve efficiency and maximize available resources, the bureaus of Local and Rural Health (BLRH) and Public Health Preparedness (BHP) have been merged to create the Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS).

The mission of BCHS will encompass all priority activities and programs that currently exist in the separate bureaus. Responsibilities of BCHS include: