For Immediate Release
August 22, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

A Better Way to Access Kansas Health Statistics Coming in 2012

KDHE, partners awarded grant to identify health problems

Topeka – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) was recently awarded funds to develop an integrated data system that will generate health-related statistics encompassing data from state- and county-level systems. KDHE applied for this grant through the Kansas Health Foundation.

KansasHealthMatters Healthy Communities Network (HCN) will deliver resources for communities conducting health needs assessments, health improvement plans and evidence-based strategies to addressed identified health problems. Scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2012, the online dashboard will display health and quality-of-life indicators using multiple data views (no patient-level data will be distributed) including compare-to-region (state, county/city, sub-county), compare-to-target and trends. Additionally, pertinent national and state health news will be available.

“The dashboard will be a seamless blend of locally and centrally provided content to Kansans,” explained Brenda Nickel, KDHE Performance Management Director. “This system will give Kansans access to the most currently available data and resources for their specific communities.”

KDHE will be working closely on the development of KansasHealthMatters with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Health Institute.

“Working toward the implement of this integrated system is a great example of how KDHE is leveraging its partnerships to improve the state’s coordination of public health programs,” said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, MD. “Though collaboration we can break down silos and give local communities the tools they need to improve health outcomes.”