The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has the vision of “healthy Kansans living in safe and sustainable environments.” The mission of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is “to protect the health and environment of all Kansans by promoting responsible choices.”
One of the prominent branches of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is the Division of Health. The specific mission of the Division of Health is to promote and protect the health of all Kansans, as well as preventing diseases and injuries among the population of Kansas.
In order to do this, this branch of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment focuses on three basic functions. The first function is assessment, meaning that the division systematically collects, analyzes, and publishes information about many aspects of the status of each Kansas resident’s health. In order to accomplish this assessment, the Division examines trends in health, disease, and injury.
The next function, policy development, involves the division using the information gleaned from the assessments to develop policies needed to accomplish the goals of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. These policies take the form of recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor. The final function of the Department is assurance, through which the services needed to achieve State health goals are provided to the public.
Roderick l. Brembry has served as the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment since being appointed to the position by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who has since been appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Federal Government.