Wyandotte County Public Health Department
Healthy Communities Wyandotte
Wesley McKain, Program Coordinator
619 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
KCKPS Summer Meals Program
|Healthy Communities Wyandotte's (HCW) mission is to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being in Wyandotte County through increased communication, coordination, and culture change. Operating within the Health Department, the countywide coalition aims to help Wyandotte become the most improved county for health in the state of Kansas through innovative leadership and community participation.
The initiative began as a response to the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings report, which listed Wyandotte County as having the worst health in the state. Concerned that residents were dying too young and suffering from too many chronic diseases, civic leaders convened residents and representatives from more than 50 organizations and neighborhoods to brainstorm solutions.
After two years of work and the input of nearly 100 community members, HCW published a community health improvement plan called Recommendations for a Better Future in late 2011. The document, meant to guide the county's health response for decades, outlines actions that the community can take to improve health in the areas of nutrition, infrastructure, education, health services, and communications.
HCW is led by a Steering Committee comprised of community leaders from education, health, housing, business, government and community organizations. Its work is planned and executed by five action teams (listed below) that correspond to each recommendation area. Each team consists of dedicated residents and professional and is chaired by an expert in the field. The action teams use the recommendations to select strategies that are timely and impact the entire county. HCW staff assists the coalition by providing expertise on health improvement strategies, supporting partner organizations' alignment, mobilizing funding, advancing policy, and building public will for health improvement.