For Immediate Release
January 11, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Announces New Agency Mission Statement

Strategic Planning Sets Map for Program Initiatives

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has a new mission statement: To protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Before the New Year, KDHE personnel began incorporating this mission statement into all agency products, to include the website and presentation material. This new mission statement is the result of a strategic planning process involving all agency staff as well as representatives from approximately 10 external stakeholder groups such as the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and the Kansas Hospital Association.

“Following a series of strategic planning sessions in which we assessed the current and future state of the organization, KDHE believes its mission can best be described using the phrase ‘protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans’, and we hope all Kansans will join us in protecting and improve our residents’ health and our natural resources,” said KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D.

The former mission statement read: To protect the health and environment of all Kansans by promoting responsible choices. 

“Leaving out ‘promoting responsible choices’ in no way means that we’re moving away from promoting healthier, greener living,” said Moser. “Promoting responsible choices is only one strategy the department uses to improve the state of health and environment in Kansas.”

During the strategic planning process last year, the agency also examined the vision statement. The consensus was that the vision statement should go unchanged: Healthy Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments.

The first strategic planning workshop was held in July 2011, and subsequent meetings and presentations took place through October in order to provide all 1,200 KDHE staff an opportunity for their input on setting the objectives that will guide the agency for the next three years. The strategic map focuses on six mission-critical priorities with two cross-cutting priorities intended to strengthen key partnerships and assess effectiveness.

“The KDHE team displayed a great level of commitment to the strategic planning process last year. The priorities and objectives we’ve set in our strategic map will help guide our project initiatives in all three divisions—public health, environment and health care finance—and support the ongoing work to achieve goals set forth in Governor Brownback’s Road Map for Kansas.”

KDHE’s Strategic Map can be found at