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Matthew D. Shepherd, Ph.D., Consultant, formerly was senior research associate with James Bell Associates in Arlington, Va., where he assisted federal agencies (including the Children’s Bureau and Office of Family Assistance) and their grantees by providing evaluation-related technical assistance and supporting efforts to increase the use of evidence-based effective practices to promote child well-being. Shepherd is an expert in applied research, program evaluation, policy analysis and the provision of technical assistance. He has years of policy-related experience working with federal and state agencies, state and local governments and the U.S. Senate. Shepherd formerly worked for KHI as a research analyst. He has a doctorate in community/clinical psychology from Wichita State University, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Fort Hays State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wichita State.
The Kansas Health Institute, in collaboration with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, conducted an assessment of the capacities of local health departments to meet standards in five areas.
The Kansas Health Institute, under contract from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, provided an assessment of the Kansas Healthy Start Home Visitor Program.
Community water fluoridation has been and continues to be an important public health concern for Kansas communities. This study was undertaken to determine whether community water fluoridation is associated with increased cancer mortality rates in Kansas communities.
Since the 1940s, many communities have chosen to use public water as the principal means of delivering fluoride to their citizens. The Kansas Health Institute conducted a study examining alternatives to standard public water fluoridation.
In this report, the Kansas Health Institute examines the organization of public health and environmental functions currently administered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.