June 25, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE to host regional listening sessions with primary care and public health providers

TOPEKA, Kan.- This week the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is scheduled to begin a series of regional listening sessions with service providers to discuss the joint role of public health and primary care in improving health outcomes. The series is titled "Impacting Population Health: A Statewide Conversation."

Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer, will deliver remarks at each meeting, highlight successful partnerships and initiate discussion around the opportunities for public health and primary care. The first meeting is Wednesday, June 26, in Wichita, with the remaining sessions in Chanute, Garden City, Salina, Colby, Topeka and Kansas City.

"The objective of these meetings is to start or advance a conversation that helps identify barriers and opportunities for collaboration among provider groups in our public health and primary care sectors. Already, many Kansas communities have identified innovative strategies for collaboration, and these efforts are improving the quality of life for Kansans," said Dr. Moser. "These conversations are essential in the work to improve population health."

Examples of public health and primary care integration include facility-use agreements and sharing responsibility of community wellness programs.

"Just as it's critical to have community-level resources to help care for our sick and injured Kansans, it's important that we bring together hospital administrators, local public health officials, mental health providers, private doctor's offices and safety net clinics to look at ways we can prevent illness and injury," said Dr. Moser.

Note to Reporters/Editors and other groups interested in attending a listening session: Registration information has been sent to the target audience in the public health and primary care sectors. If members of the news media would like to attend a meeting or schedule an interview with Secretary Moser, please contact Miranda Steele at, 785-296-5795. All meetings will be held from 5 - 8:30 p.m. The dates are listed below: