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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.

HCW Action Teams:



COMMUNICATION – Create a healthier Wyandotte County by sharing information and stimulating discussion to change behavior.
Chair: Vacant


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EDUCATION – Ensure that all students and their families have access to quality education and support services that promote readiness for school, future education and subsequent careers.
Chaired by Dr. Ray Daniels, former superintendent of USD 500
INFRASTRUCTURE Build, redesign and better utilize Wyandotte County's environmental infrastructure to provide opportunities for health and active living.
Chaired by Heidi Holliday, Rosedale Development Association
NUTRITION – Improve Wyandotte County's food environment so that all residents can and want to eat healthy food.
Chaired by Katherine Kelly, Cultivate Kansas City
 Info sheet about the Nutrition Action Team
HEALTH SERVICES – Increase access to quality, affordable health services in Wyandotte County.
Chaired by Dr. Barbara Langner, University of Kansas Medical Center

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Health Department 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Program Coordinator P: (913) 573-8833
619 Ann Avenue Monday - Friday Email  
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