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December 22, 2015 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Issue Brief: Cross-Jurisdictional Public Health Sharing Arrangements in Kansas

Some counties in Kansas are pooling public health resources with other counties, in what has become known as cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) arrangements. By sharing services, functions and programs with other jurisdictions, public health departments and policymakers can create economies of scale that allow for a larger impact on the health and well-being of their communities. KHI has released an issue brief about four CJS arrangements in Kansas.

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August 27, 2015 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Case Study: Public Health Shared Services—Southeast Kansas (SEK) Multi-County Health Department

The SEK Multi-County Health Department is a collaboration between Allen, Anderson, Bourbon and Woodson Counties. It operates as a single agency, but provides public health services in each county. The arrangement allows the four counties to share one administrator, one accountant and one medical director between the four public health locations. The counties receive many benefits by offering public health services through this sharing arrangement, including efficiencies in administration, increased flexibility for staff members, and cooperation and moral support between counties.

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August 27, 2015 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Case Study: Public Health Shared Services—Northeast Kansas (NEK) Multi-County Health Department

The NEK Multi-County Health Department is a collaboration between Atchison, Brown and Jackson Counties. It provides public health services in each county and also operates a home health agency. The arrangement allows the counties to share one administrator and one accountant between all four locations. The counties receive many benefits by offering public health services through this sharing arrangement, such as staffing efficiencies, a revenue stream from the home health agency (which contributes to the financial stability of the entire health department), and moral support among peers from different counties.

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August 27, 2015 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Case Study: Public Health Shared Services—South Central Kansas Coalition for Public Health

Barber, Comanche, Edwards, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa and Pratt Counties collaborate through the South Central Kansas Coalition for Public Health (SKCPH). While each county has its own health department, they work together through the SKCPH to offer three shared public health programs in the region: family planning, emergency preparedness and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Each program is offered in all seven counties, but only one county must provide the administrative oversight for each program. This reduces the administrative burden on the other health departments while allowing the staff coordinating the program to become specialists in each program area.

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April 23, 2015 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health Impact Assessment Policymaker Profile

This profile features two Kansas policymakers who share their perspectives on health impact assessment (HIA) to demonstrate the value of the tool for other policymakers and to inform HIA practitioners about how to identify and support emerging HIA champions.

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