Vision and Mission

The Kansas Health Institute is an independent, nonprofit health policy and research organization that informs policymakers about important issues affecting the health of Kansans.

Our Vision: Healthier Kansans through effective policy.

Our Mission: To improve the health of all Kansans by supporting effective policy making, engaging at the state and community levels, and providing non-partisan, actionable and evidence-based information.

To actualize our vision and achieve our mission, we believe that a broad approach is needed. To make decisions that optimize the health of Kansans, policymakers must understand how our health is influenced by a range of factors. Among these are the lifestyle choices we make, our socioeconomic status, our diversity, our schools, the quality and connectedness of our communities and the financing, organization and effectiveness of our public health and health care systems.

KHI carries out its mission of helping policymakers understand the linkages between these factors and the health of Kansans in several ways. We conduct research and provide policy analysis. We convene conversations and sponsor educational forums. And we provide in-depth coverage of urgent and emerging issues through the KHI News Service.

Our Organizational Values include:

• Health is an essential component of well-being.

• A number of social and community factors, in addition to medical care, are important in determining how healthy we are as communities and as a state.

• Transformation of the health system is necessary to better focus on improving the health of populations.

• Improving the health of our state as a whole requires addressing disparities in health that exist among vulnerable populations.

• Health improvement efforts should incorporate a life-course perspective placing appropriate emphasis on prevention and early childhood.

• More effective framing of health policy issues will assist policymakers in better understanding the problems and identifying effective policy options.

• Information provided by KHI will be non-partisan, data-driven and evidence-based.

• Public/private partnerships and collaboration with strong, independent organizations (including government, higher education, philanthropy, non-governmental organizations and private business) are necessary to improve health.

• We will be effective stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

• We will value our employees and invest in their success.