The Healthy Kansans 2020 Steering Committee and 12 Health Focus Area expert groups met over the past several months to identify common goals promoting measurable improvements in the health and well-being of Kansans. Recommendations, strategies, and next steps are currently being finalized.
Governor Sam Brownback addressed the Steering Committee. These leaders representing more than 35 organizations convened last fall to review health information and identify recommendations for improving the health of all Kansans. 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.
At the Steering Committee's second meeting, they reviewed data and context expert recommendations for six topics:
Chronic Disease, Immunizations and Infectious Disease, Maternal, Infant, and Child Health, Oral Health, Disability and Health, and Injury Prevention
They also began identifying potential cross-cutting themes and strategies that will positively impact the health of Kansans.
Social Determinants of Health, Access to Health Services, Mental Health, Violence Prevention, and Environmental Health.
They also finalized a draft of the priority themes and identified related strategies.
Healthy Kansans 2020 is a collaborative, strategic planning effort aimed at identifying and adopting health priorities that will improve the health of all Kansans.
Healthy Kansans 2020 builds on the comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda, Healthy People 2020, to establish state-specific measures and initiatives.
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activities.