For Immediate Release
August 27, 2012

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

Governor Brownback, Secretary Moser Kick Off State Plan to
Address Leading Health Challenges

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback kicked off a state health planning process on Aug. 27 with leaders of more than 35 organizations at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. Governor Brownback encouraged the steering committee to examine the health issues that have the greatest impact on Kansas families and on growing the state’s economy.

“Prosperity in Kansas depends upon a healthy population,” said Governor Brownback. “Protecting and promoting the health of our people and the environment in which they live directly supports the Road Map for our state, and I would like to see us tackle these challenges head on in ways that are meaningful to Kansans.”

Healthy Kansans 2020 is the official name for this planning process, which will use the national Healthy People 2020 health objectives for the nation as the template for discussion. Healthy People 2020 provides the model for a comprehensive set of 10-year national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans. The plan contains 42 topic areas with nearly 600 objectives, with others still evolving, which encompass 1,200 measures. A smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives called Leading Health Indicators has been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.

Robert Moser, M.D., Kansas Health and Environment Secretary and State Health Officer, is leading the Healthy Kansans 2020 steering committee charged with identifying and adopting health priorities to improve the health of all Kansans.

“We are well positioned to engage partners in a robust process to identify and address the leading health challenges in our state,” said Dr. Moser. 

The committee will review and discuss population characteristics and available health information, which provides the impetus for priority-setting and identifying proven and promising recommendations to encourage change and improve the health of all Kansans in 2020. A similar planning effort, Healthy Kansans 2010, was conducted in response to the 2010 national health objectives for the nation. The past planning process guided collective efforts of diverse groups to impact commonly identified health priorities.

For more on Healthy Kansans 2020, visit www.healthykansans2020.org.