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Kansas Department of Health and Education Resources

Health Service Guide


Kansas Department of Health and Education

Kansas Division of Public Health: 785-296-1086
The Kansas Division of Public Health is one of three divisions within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Division works with local health departments and other organizations to help assure the health of Kansans through public health services and regulatory programs.

Bureau of Community Health Systems: 785-296-1200
The Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS) was created in order to provide leadership for the agency in the health and medical response to all public health emergency situations, whether caused by natural events or acts of terrorism. The Center evolved from the KDHE Bioterrorism Program, which was a part of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention from 2002 - 2005. The Hospital Bioterrorism Program, formerly part of the Bureau of Local and Rural Health, is now also part of the Center. Focuses on developing or modifying health delivery systems, including primary care, rural health, and local health.

Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention: 785-296-6174
Data analysis, infectious disease surveillance, outbreak investigations and control, and special studies on public health issues. Maintains the Reportable Disease Surveillance System and administers the hepatitis A and tuberculosis control programs. Designs, conducts and evaluates public health programs for the prevention and control of communicable diseases, including immunization, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and HIV/AIDS.

Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics: EPI Hotline 1-877-427-7317
The role of the epidemiologist has expanded beyond the study of disease patterns in populations to include an emphasis on prevention. Epi Services works to sustain a healthy environment for Kansans. Our section is involved in disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and education. The Center provides reliable public health statistics. Vital records and the other public health data represent the basis for agency programs to improve birth outcomes, decrease infant mortality, identify mortality trends, decrease the spread of infectious diseases, and determine the health status of Kansans.

Bureau of Family Health: 785-291-3368
Provides support to families and communities to assure services for women and infants, children and adolescents, and children with special health care needs. Children's developmental services, nutrition, and WIC services are among the services.

Bureau of Health Promotion: 785-296-1207
Focuses on prevention, early identification, and control of chronic diseases and injuries in Kansas. Primary efforts are directed at minimizing tobacco use, breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, and injury and disability.

Bureau of Oral Health: 785-296-6536
The Bureau of Oral Health collaborates with and provides technical assistance to communities, schools, health professionals, local health departments, professional groups, and various governmental agencies, both state and local. The Bureau of Oral Health seeks to increase awareness regarding the importance of oral health and improve oral health status by providing education, consultation and training that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention.

KDHE District Offices

Local Health Departments

Local health departments, located in nearly all Kansas counties, play a key role in the provision of public health services to both rural and urban communities. They are your closest source for information and assistance with public health issues and concerns in your area. Click here for a list of local health departments.

Health Issues

Abuse Reporting of Health Facilities: (800) 842-0078
Call this toll-free number to report allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation to residents, clients, or patients.

Access to Care: 785-296-1200

Aid-to-local Grant Program: 785-296-1200
Information on available state and federal funds for local public health programs.

AIDS: 785-296-6036
Contact the HIV-STD Section for information on an AIDS education, counseling, and testing program near you. Program services are provided by community-based organizations, county health departments, corrections facilities, family planning clinics, universities, and others. The state office provides AIDS training and technical assistance to local agencies.

Air Quality Program: 785-296-1593
Bureau staff provide information on the following topics. Information also is available from the District Office nearest you.

Acid Rain Asbestos Certification Emissions Inventory Incineration Open Burning Radiation Control Radon Right-to-Know Stack Testing Hazardous Air Emissions Mobile Source Emissions Clean Air Act Amendments Construction and Operating Permits
Amusement Rides 785-296-5602

Asbestos: 785-296-1550
Information on proper disposal of asbestos and list of certified contractors.

Bicycle Helmet Distribution: 785-296-1223
Communities or organizations can obtain helmets at low cost for distribution in their community.

Body Piercing 785-296-3155 Board of Cosmetology

Breast and Cervical Cancer Initiative: 785-296-1207
(Free to Know) provides funding for quality screening services for early detection of breast and cervical cancer to women 50 years and older, as well as public and professional education at the state and local levels.

Cancer Registry: 785-296-1207
Provides cancer-related information.

Charitable Health Care Provider: 785-296-1200
The Charitable Health Care Provider program allows health care providers who give care to the medically indigent and persons covered by Medicaid, MediKan and HealthWave to be included for liability purposes under the Kansas Tort Claims Act special liability expense fund.

Child Care Facilities: 785-296-1270
Information on licensing or certification status of child care facilities, compliance and inspection information and regulatory requirements. This program licenses/certifies child day care, adoption and foster care child placement agencies, family foster care, residential treatment, emergency shelter care, maternity care, juvenile detention, birthing centers, and preschools.

Children's Safety Seats: 785-296-1223
Provides safety seats to community organizations as funds allow.

Chronic Disease: 785-296-1207
Programs and activities to reduce or prevent chronic diseases and injuries in Kansas.

Community-Based Primary Care Clinics: 785-296-1200
Information on Kansas primary care clinics for the underserved, including low-income and uninsured working families, as well as vulnerable and high-risk populations.

Diabetes Prevention and Control Program: 785-291-3739
Information to increase the awareness and early detection of diabetes mellitus. Coordinates resources on the treatment of complications through self-care and community-based programs and partnerships with organizations to define and reduce the burden of diabetes.

Drinking Water: 785-296-5503 Call with questions about public water supplies.

Ear Piercing: 785-296-3155
Board of Cosmetology

Educational Materials: 785-296-1529
Call KDHE's Public Information Office for a catalog of brochures, fact sheets, and videos on public health issues available on loan.

Environmental Remediation Programs: 785-296-1660
Environmental Remediation staff provide information and assist callers in dealing with spills and contaminated sites:

Landfill Remediation
Storage Tank Section
Technical Services
Surface Mining
Environmental Epidemiology: 785-296-0201
Information regarding possible clusters of environmental-related diseases.

Family Safety Checks: 785-296-1223
Provides safety check list for homes.

Federal Rural Health Programs: 785-296-1200
Resource for technical assistance and information regarding federal rural health programs, specifically through the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Fire and Burn Injury Prevention: 785-368-7290
Information on fire/burn safety including smoke detector information.

Hantavirus: 785-296-2951
Report of cases of hantavirus. Protective and preventative measures. Epidemiology in hantavirus in Kansas.

Health Assessment: 785-296-8627
Collects and disseminates information on health, health workforce, health care, vital statistics, and occupational health statistics.

Health Data and Statistics: 785-296-8627
For information on health and environmental data, including vital records, informational reports, and publications.

Health Facilities: 785-296-1240
For inspection or survey questions or concerns. Conducts inspections for compliance to state and federal regulations and conducts investigations of allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, in free-standing and hospital-based long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospices, hospitals, end-stage renal disease facilities, rural health clinics, and ambulatory surgical centers.

Health Professional Shortage Areas: 785-296-1200
The federal Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation identifies medically underserved areas eligible for several federal programs. These include scholarship and loan repayment programs through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Rural Health Clinic reimbursement, Medicare incentive payments for physicians, higher "customary charges" for new physicians, special consideration and funding priority for Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), and funding preference for Public Health Service programs administered by the Bureau of Health Professions.

Health Promotion: 785-296-1207
Programs and activities to reduce or prevent chronic diseases and injuries in Kansas.

Healthy Kansans 2000: 785-291-3742
Information on the public health goals selected by a coalition of Kansas business, health, education, medical, and governmental leaders for the year 2000 in order to reduce preventable disease and injury.

Hepatitis: 785-296-2951
Report cases of acute viral hepatitis. Control and protective measures. Provision of IG to protect close contacts. Epidemiology of viral hepatitis in Kansas.

Hospital and Medical Programs: 785-296-1240
Call for information on licensure and certification of hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, home health agencies, and other medical care providers.

Immunization Program: 877-296-0464
Will provide immunization clinics with information on the importance of vaccinating your child and yourself. Immunization clinics are located at every local health department and many private physicians. Contact your health care provider for information concerning clinic hours, record review or vaccine preventable disease information.

Infectious Disease Epidemiology: 785-296-2951
Report of cases of infectious diseases. Epidemiology and control of infectious diseases.

Influenza: 785-296-6215
Recommendations for use of influenza vaccine.

Injury and Disability Prevention: 785-296-8060
Information and resources on reducing injuries and preventing primary and secondary disabling conditions, and promoting independence and productivity of people with disabilities.

J-1 Physicians: 785-296-1200
This program concerns physicians holding a J-1 immigration visas who are seeking positions that would support a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement who agree to provide primary care services on a full time basis in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area (MUA) that the United States Department of Agriculture deems to be not yet fully served. This program is administered by USDA rather than KDHE.

Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program:
785-296-8983 or 785-296-8113, Fax 785-559-4247
Limited primary care services for low-income, uninsured migrant and seasonal farm working families through a voucher/case management model. Services available through participating local health departments, primary care clinics, and Western Kansas United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries. A list of participating agencies across the state can be provided upon request. Bilingual services available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

Laboratory, General Information: 785-296-1620

Lead Issues: 785-296-5606
Lead removal, EPA ruling, abatement contractors, effects on children, testing paint and children, and mini-blinds.

Local Health Departments: 785-296-1200
Information, resources, and referrals for local public health systems and services.

Media Relations: 785-296-1529
News media inquiries.

Medically Underserved Areas: 785-296-1200
The medically underserved areas/populations (MUA/Ps) designation is a prerequisite to requesting grant awards to plan, develop, and operate a community health center under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act.

Mental Health/Mental Retardation: 785-296-0125
Provides information on inspections, licensure, and certification of facilities for the mentally ill or developmentally disabled.

Pesticide Information: 785-296-2263
Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Physical Activity: 785-291-3742
Information on physical inactivity as a risk factor for a broad range of diseases; and activities to increase physical activity among Kansans of all ages.

Public Health Nurse Field Services: 785-296-1200
Regional resource for technical assistance, information, and training related to public health nursing, community health assessment and planning, and systems development. Available in KDHE district offices.

Rabies: 785-296-2951
Reports of possible animal and human rabies. Recommendations for post exposure prophylaxis, prevention and control of rabies.

Radon: (800) 693-5343
Call this toll-free number for more information.

Refugee Health Assessment Program: 785-296-1200
A state refugee health assessment is completed on each client and a copy of the form is sent to the State Refugee Health Coordinator. The county health departments receive $250 per complete health assessment. Referral for medical care are made to local physicians, clinics and specialty services for definitive diagnosis and treatment

Resources for People with Brain Injury: 785-296-8126
Health care information for those who have sustained a brain injury.

Rural Health Clinics: 785-296-1200
Information regarding certification of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and location of RHCs in the state.

Rural Health Outreach Grants: 785-296-1200
Resource for technical assistance and information regarding federal Rural Health Outreach Grants. These grants are available to applicants who propose to use funds for the delivery of health care and related services to defined population groups in rural areas. A primary purpose of the program to is foster new collaborative network, so grants projects must be undertaken by three or more separately owned organizations working together.

Rural Network Development Grants: 785-296-1200
Resource for technical assistance and information regarding federal Rural Health Network Development Grants. This program is designed for organizations that wish to further ongoing collaborative relationships among health care organizations to integrate system of care administratively clinically, financially and technologically. Networks must consist of at least three separately owned health care providers. The emphasis is not on service delivery, but on the integration of functions.

Safe Communities Program: 785-296-1223
Technical assistance to communities on identifying needs and implementing an injury prevention program.

SAFE KIDS Program: 785-296-1223
Information on SAFE KIDS activities to prevent unintentional injury, including the Please Be Seated citizen reporting program, bicycle helmet and smoke detector distribution program, home safety checklist program, and child passenger safety program.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD): 785-296-5596 or 6543
The HIV-STD Section provides testing, treatment and reporting information to public and private health care providers. Additionally, a central registry is maintained so providers can check on previous STD history of their patients. Individualized STD morbidity statistics are available upon request. Provides confidential partner notification and referral services to individuals who test positive for an STD (including HIV), their sex partners, and other individuals who are at-risk. The program also conducts educational and training sessions for the public, community-based organizations, laboratories, and public and private providers.

Smoke Detectors: 785-296-1223
Provides low-cost smoke detectors to community groups as funds are available.

Smoking Regulation Complaints Complaints should be made to the health department nearest you.

Storage Tanks: 785-296-1678
Storage tank information and permit requirements.

Swimming Pools and Spas
Contact local health departments for information on local ordinances.

Tanning Salons: 785-296-3155
Board of Cosmetology

Tattooing: 785-296-3155
Board of Cosmetology

Tobacco Use Prevention Program: 785-296-8916
Provides resources and technical assistance to local and statewide tobacco use prevention programs, through mini-grant programs and coalition networks.

Trauma Program: 785-296-1200
Information regarding a statewide inclusive trauma program.

Tuberculosis Program: 785-296-5589
Assists the medical community in screening, treatment, and prevention of tuberculosis infection and disease by providing information, consultation, and anti-tuberculosis medications. This office also monitors the incidence of tuberculosis infection and disease statewide.

Vital Statistics: 785-296-1400
For questions on birth, death, fetal death, marriage, delayed birth, divorce records and amendments. Also provides certified copies of vital records to the public.

Waste Management Program: 785-296-1600
Bureau staff will answer questions about permits and provide information on: hazardous wastes, household hazardous waste, landfills, solid waste, permits, recycling, waste oil, waste minimization, waste tires.

Water Program: 785-296-5500
Bureau of Water staff provide information regarding the following topics: industrial programs, municipal programs, non-point source pollution, and public water supplies.

Women's Health: 785-291-3742
Information on the Healthy Kansans 2000 Women's Health Initiative, which has identified Healthy Kansans 2000 objectives of most importance to improving the health of Kansas women.

Work Environment Conditions: 785-296-4386
Call Human Resources at the number listed above with questions concerning conditions in the work environment.

Other Helpful Numbers

American Public Health Association (APHA) 202-789-5600

Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) 202-371-9090

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Public Inquiries 404-639-3534

FDA District Office (in Lenexa) 913-752-2100

Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) 316-684-0624

Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) 785-233-3103

KDHE Emergency Spill Hotline 785-296-1676 Daytime
785-296-0614 (Nights and Weekends.)

KDHE Emergency Number 785-296-0614 (after hours and on week-ends.)

Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Region VII Office - Kansas City (816) 426-3291

The Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (888) Rx-Abuse (11 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

National AIDS Clearinghouse (800) 458-5231

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