Downtown Kansas City Skyline, Kansas
At a Glance
  • Population: 2,911,505
  • Local Health Departments: 100
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies:
    Tornadoes, Flooding, Fires
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020: COVID-10 Pandemic; 2018: Presidential Visit to Topeka, Kansas; 2017: Solar Eclipse
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $6,778,745
    FY 2020: $7,009,071
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $18,038,850
    FY 2020: $5,940,546
PHEP-funded staff (rounded)
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorian: 5
  • Educator: 2
  • Other*: 13

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation
  4. Nonpharmaceutical Interventions
  5. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Kansas Contaminated Water
Protecting Community from Contaminated Public Water Source

When the public water supply was contaminated after an explosion, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s PHEP-supported lab coordinated with the public information office to quickly disseminate important information to residents about the incident. They also worked together to issue a boil water advisory and provide updates on the ongoing testing of the water supply. A strong incident management structure, supported by PHEP, enabled the health department to coordinate and disseminate emergency information to protect residents and prevent illnesses related to the contaminated water source.

Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 01:37 pm