Kansas Department of Health & Environment

About Us

For more information, please contact:

Aiko Allen, MS, Director
KDHE Center for Health Equity
1000 SW Jackson St. Suite 300
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-0781; 316-337-6050


  • Strengthen  Kansas’s  public health infrastructure/system to order to meet the health needs of racial, ethnic, tribal and underserved populations
  • Serve as a centralized source for information regarding the health of minorities, sovereign nations,  and underserved populations as well as evidence-based, best practice strategies to address reduction of disparities among these populations
  • Serve as the leading source of information, advocacy, and training for cultural competency in the Kansas public health system
  • Promote multi-sector collaboration with private, public, and tribal sector partners that contribute to improved wellbeing of Kansas communities by reducing health disparities


  • Identification, coordination, leveraging, and communication about existing resources within the Division of Health to address reduction of health disparities
  • Data collection strategies that characterizes disparities, analysis of data, and dissemination of reports documenting health disparities to state, federal, and community partners
  • Education about the role of equity, social and economic determinants of health, and cultural competence in community health assessment
  • Integration of equity, social determinants, and disparities in state-level strategic plans for health improvement
  • Public health workforce training to address disparities through cultural competency, health literacy training, etc.
  • Representation and participation of the state of Kansas in initiatives and activities of the federal Office of Minority Health, Region VII Office of Minority Health, National Association of State Offices of Minority Health, and other groups, task forces, etc.

      CHD strategic plan PDF Document


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