Department of Health, Kansas

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The Division of Health is part of the Department of Health and Environment agency in Kansas.

The purpose of the Kansas Division of Health is to promote and protect the health of Kansans and prevent disease and injury. The agency focuses on accomplishing these goals through assessment of the health status of Kansas residents, policy development including recommendations to the Kansas Legislature and the Governor, and assurance by providing state and local services needed to achieve health goals.[1] The agency's responsibilities include licensing and regulating day cares, preschools, foster homes, residential centers, hospitals and treatment facilities; credentialing health care workers; investigating disease outbreaks and promoting health behavior and immunizations; and addressing the special needs of children.[2]


Total expenditures for 2010 were $179, 006,579.[2]

FY 2010 Health Funding by Source

Funding Source Amount
Federal Funds $128,958,255
State General Fund $23,441,814
Agency Fee Funds $16,907,230
Childrens’ Initiative Funds $7,396,363
Total $179, 006,579

FY 2010 Health Expenditures by Type

Type Amount
Aid and Other Assistance $113,341,219
Contractual Services $32,242,069
Salaries & Wages $27,759,724
Commodities $3,842,002
Capital Outlay $820,984
Total $179, 006,579


Ten Bureaus operate with the Division of Health: Bureau of Child Care and Health Facilities, Bureau of Family Health, Bureau of Environmental Health, Bureau of Health Promotion, Bureau of Public Health Preparedness, Bureau of Local and Rural Health, Bureau of Oral Health, Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics, Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention and the KDHE Center for Health Disparities.[3]

The Bureau of Family Health runs the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides nutrition and health education for qualifying individuals and families.[4] The program's budget for 2008 totaled $65,273,271 and in 2008 the program served an average of76,239 women, infants and children each month (72.23% of the total eligible population).[5]


Open Records information is posted on the Department website.[6]

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