Project Highlights

CURRENT EVENTS

Community Health Worker Symposium

CURRENT PROJECTS

Chronic Disease Alliance of Kansas

In partnership with KDHE, CPHI staff provide project management support for CDAK’s executive committee, and five sub-committees, support for planning and facilitating two semi-annual CDAK conferences, development of a network analysis and related CDAK support activities. Visit Website


Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

CPHI staff are assessing partners' readiness for the implementation of Kansas Self-Management Education within 6 regions of the state, utilizing current CPHI partnerships with local health departments, local healthcare systems, and local mental health systems. In addition, CPHI staff manage the CDSME program(s) in Sedgwick County. Visit Website


Community Health Workers (CHWs)

The CPHI team provides backbone support to KHDE's efforts to convene a cross-sector group of representatives interested in designing a stronger system to support CHWs in Kansas. The aim is to improve access to care and reduce health disparities. One of the early activities was hosting the first ever CHW Symposium in May 2016.


Kansas Accreditation Readiness Project

KARP is an active learning group with representatives from health departments across the state who will work together on accreditation, domain by domain, and receive free technical assistance (including coaching) and other resources.
Kansas Accreditation Readiness Project Evaluation Report, Year 2


Kansas Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) Model

The Kansas Public Health Systems Group (PHSG), a partnership representing public health practice, academia, government, and charitable organizations, has explored options for implementing the foundational public health services since 2015. CPHI staff have played a key role in supporting “The Future of Public Health in Kansas” project to advance PHSG public health modernization efforts. The project’s goal is to develop a definition of what constitutes a set of foundational public health services that should be available to all residents and communities statewide, to explore the cost and organizational models for providing those services, and to build a pathway by which we can assure those services in all Kansas counties so that governmental public health can provide leadership to develop safe and healthy communities.


Kansas Local Health Department Clinical Services Coding Resource Guide

CPHI works with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) and its members to keep this guide updated annually. Kansas Local Health Departments have a narrow set of services and billing codes that are allowable. CPHI helped facilitate the creation of the first version of this guide in 2015 with assistance and funding through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Since then, annual updates have been sponsored through KALHD. If there are updates or suggestions to the document, please email cphi@wichita.edu
Kansas Local Health Department Clinical Services Coding Resource Guide


Kansas Public Health Systems Group

The Systems Group is a coalition of Kansas public health, government, academic and charitable institutions – convened by the Systems Group Chairperson – that works to protect and promote the health of Kansans. CPHI staff support the System Group Chairperson's role of coordinating the Systems Group, including: planning & convening regular meetings and also providing project management support. Visit Website


KDHE 1422

Project 1422 is a KDHE/CDC initiative to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart attack and stroke in 7 Kansas communities. To support this project, CPHI: facilitates a state-wide community of practice, coordinates bi-monthly webinars, supports local implementation of grant strategies and works with KDHE to plan and facilitate in-person gatherings.


Local Health Department Billing Initiative

This initiatives has numerous components that include identifying and sharing best practices among health departments to increasing efficiency. This initiative has lead the development of an online training that presents an overview of the billing revenue cycles seen in Kansas health departments. To access this training on ks.train.org, search for course number 1062321.


Local Public Health Informatics

Many local public health departments are interested in implementing the Public Health 3.0 framework. This includes improving the capability and capacity for critical data analysis for key decision making. Public Health Informatics is an emerging field to support this concept. CPHI works with KDHE, KALHD, and other key partners to explore and develop opportunities to improve public health informatics in Kansas public health. This includes analysis and use of both primary and secondary data.


Midwestern Public Health Training Center (MPHTC)

The Midwestern Public Health Training Center is one of ten regional public health training centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The MPHTC's four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, strives to improve public health by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce. CPHI staff support Kansas efforts for the MPHTC. Visit Website


Pathways to a Healthy Kansas

Two Centers at the Community Engagement Institute are working together to support this Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) initiative. The Center for Public Health Initiatives brings public health systems expertise, project management and facilitation skills. CODC staff have experience supporting health and wellness coalitions to create spaces for people to bike and walk and to encourage their communities to increase access to healthy food choices. Staff from both centers will support BCBSKS in its development and implementation of Pathways and provide support to local Pathways coalitions. Visit Website


Public Health National Center for Innovations Grant

The Kansas Public Health Systems Group, a partnership representing public health practice, academia, government, and charitable organizations, has explored options for implementing the foundational public health services since 2015. Beginning in 2017, the partnership has engaged cross-sector partners to determine the feasibility of applying the model in a rural, decentralized state, and has made progress toward implementation of FPHS in Kansas. CPHI staff have played a key role in leading grant-funded initiatives in partnership with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and Kansas Health Institute. Read more here


The Council on the Future of Public Health in Kansas

CEI staff are providing facilitation and project management support to help the Task Force develop a report of options and timeline for implementation of the Foundational Public Health Services framework within the Kansas public health system. Visit Website


PAST PROJECTS

Kansas Accreditation Readiness Project (KARP)

On Friday, March 10th, the third annual, in-person Kansas Accreditation Readiness Project (KARP) summit was held in Topeka at the Kansas Health Institute. All local health departments in the state and a range of supporting community partners were invited to attend. KARP is funded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and program development and delivery is provided by Wichita State University’s Center for Public Health Initiatives.
KARP - 2017 - Flyer
KARP - 2017 - Slides


Health Homes

Convened live and web-based Learning Collaborative meetings, convened a Community of Practice to share best practices, provided training to support development of health action plans.
Medicaid Health Homes - Learning Collaborative Report
Health Homes Learning Collaborative


Project 17

Convened stakeholders and developed a Community Health Improvement Plan for SE Kansas.
Project 17 - Regional Health Improvement Plan Framework


New Director Orientation and Mentoring

Developed a guide for new directors, matched new directors with experienced mentors, and provided a series of trainings.
Local Health Department - New Director Orientation


QI Training

Provided training in a variety of settings for both state and local public health agency staff.


Community Health Assessment

Provided facilitation for completion of a community health assessment in Sumner County.
Sumner County Community Health Assessment


Local Public Health System Assessment

Provided facilitation support for completion of the National Public Health Performance Standards Program for Sumner and Sedgwick counties.
Sumner County Health Department - Local Public Health System Assessment Report
Sedgwick County Health Department - Local Public Health System Assessment Report


Public Health Emergency Preparedness Allocations Plan Facilitation

Designed and conducted a series of statewide discussions around Public Health Preparedness Funding Allocation. Designed and conducted a series of statewide discussions to support development of Healthy Kansans 2020.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness - Allocation Plan Report


Veteran's Health

Completed an Environmental Scan of Rural Health Services for Veterans in Kansas Communities.
Environmental Scan of Rural Health Services for Veterans in Kansas Communities


Sedgwick County CHIP

2017-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan for Sedgwick County


Community Health Workers (CHWs)

The CPHI team provides backbone support to KHDE's efforts to convene a cross-sector group of representatives interested in designing a stronger system to support CHWs in Kansas. The aim is to improve access to care and reduce health disparities. One of the early activities was hosting the first ever CHW Symposium in May 2016.
Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium Invitation
Kansas Community Health Worker Symposium - Event Report 2016


New Jersey Accreditation Support Initiative

CPHI staff are leading a series of trainings to support understanding of the Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures for a group of local public health agencies in New Jersey.


Work Well Kansas

Technical assistance is provided to Work Well community coalitions to develop strategic actions and strengthen coalition structures through assessments or charters. In 2015 and 2016 technical assistance was provided to the following communities: Live Well Finney County, Finney County; Hodgeman County GROWO Coalition, Hodgeman County; Norton County; Pratt Health Coalition, Pratt County; Republic County Health Promotion Taskforce, Republic County; Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition, Cowley County; WorkWell Lawrence, Douglas County; Ellsworth County Community that Care (EC3), Ellsworth County; and Jewell County Health 365 Coalition, Jewell County.
Coalition Strengthening Tools – Work Well Kansas