Public health agencies depend on reliable data and information systems to perform their work. In Kansas, unique challenges have restricted the successful operation of an informatics‐savvy public health system.
Using an assessment tool adapted from nationally available resources and customized to meet Kansas’ needs, a focus group collaborated to identify capacity scores for public health informatics at the local, state and system levels. This assessment is a critical first step in the process of raising the informatics capacities within the Kansas public health system.
The Kansas Health Institute delivers credible information and research enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. The Kansas Health Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization based in Topeka, established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.