Downtown Kansas City Skyline, Kansas
At a Glance
  • State Population: 2,937,150
  • Local Health Departments: 100
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tornadoes, Flooding, Fires
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations:
    2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:FY 2022: $6,818,460
    FY 2021: $6,778,745
    FY 2020: $7,009,071
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding:
    Mpox 2023 Funding: $287,620
    COVID-19 2021 Funding: $18,038,850
    COVID-19 2020 Funding: $5,940,546
PHEP-funded staff (rounded)
  • Epidemiologists: 1
  • Laboratorians: 5
  • Planners: 4
  • Other: 12*

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

CDC Preparedness Field Staff
  • 1 Career Epidemiology Field Officer
Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Community Preparedness
  2. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  3. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  4. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
  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.