The Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) is a nonprofit association dedicated to strengthening local health departments for the purpose of improving and protecting the health of all Kansans. KALHD’s membership consists of 93 of the 100 local health departments in Kansas.
The State of Kansas has a decentralized public health system consisting of the state health department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and 100 local health departments serving all 105 counties in Kansas.
Under Kansas law, health departments report to the local Board of Health, which in most cases is comprised of the local County Commission.
Health departments provide a broad array of services to their communities which may include, but are not limited to disease surveillance and investigation, immunizations, emergency preparedness, infant and maternal health programs, health promotion and prevention programs, administration of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition assistance program, home health services, child care facility inspection, and so on.
While the size and scope of health departments across the state varies dramatically, all share common goals, issues, and challenges. The value of a statewide association is that it can act as the unified voice for all members, helping to advance shared goals and objectives, while also educating about shared issues and challenges. This is the main objective of KALHD.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials is made up of 2700 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.
From the food you eat, to the air you breathe, to staying safe wherever you are, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention′s mission touches all aspects of daily life. CDC researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, economists, communicators, educators, technologists, epidemiologists and many other professionals all contribute their expertise to improving public health.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of personal health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.
For more information visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html.
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