Policy & Research


Foundational Public Health Services Capacity Assessment (August 2017)

A look at the capacity in Kansas to provide essential public health services

By Sarah M. Hartsig, M.S. | August 16, 2017

Foundational Public Health Services Capacity Assessment (August 2017)

READ IT HERE: Foundational Public Health Services Capacity Assessment

Kansas public health agencies have committed to a multi-year process aimed to modernize the Kansas public health system. This effort focuses on the Kansas Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) model, a minimum package of public health services available to all Kansans. In March 2017, Kansas local health department (LHD) administrators participated in the FPHS Capacity Assessment, the third phase of a three-part effort which included:

1. A literature review of similar models from other states;
2. A stakeholder engagement and vetting process to develop the Kansas FPHS model; and
3. A capacity assessment of Kansas LHDs.
The FPHS Capacity Assessment was completed by 81 of 100 (81 percent) of Kansas’ local health department administrators, representing 86 of the 105 Kansas counties. The report examines how Kansas administrators rated their LHD’s capacity (defined as staff, time and funding) and capability (defined as skills, knowledge and expertise) to deliver each of the 109 components of the Kansas FPHS model, and describes barriers to full implementation of the model. These data will be used to develop a statewide implementation plan and local guidance for adoption of FPHS.

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be 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.