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In 2013, members of the Kansas Public Health Systems Group—a multi-sector coalition of public health partners—participated in a prioritization process to determine key activities to improve the public health system in Kansas.
They formed a workgroup to better understand the extent of cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) in Kansas, as well as issues surrounding it. CJS occurs when jurisdictions, such as counties or cities, collaborate to deliver public health services across boundaries. By working together, public health agencies can build economies of scale that improve effectiveness and efficiency.
These two reports summarize the workgroup’s activities and findings. Among other things, they found that approximately three-fourths of Kansas local health departments currently engage in some form of CJS.
The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civic dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.