Pawnee County is a rural county in south-central Kansas with a population of about 6,700. The Board of County Commissioners, which also serves as the Board of Health, asked the Kansas Health Institute and the Center for Sharing Public Health Services to examine the current scope of public health department services and evaluate them against the needs of the community and best practices in public health. This report provides findings from the study and proposes for the board a pathway to move forward.
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.