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- Board of Health
- Public Health Advisory Council
- Strategic Plan
- Needs Assessment
- Public Health Policy
History of Riley County Health Department
The Riley County Health Department (RCHD) was started as a city-county Health Department in 1952. Since that time, the Health Department has grown to meet the health and safety needs of the unique communities in Riley County. In December 2011, the Health Department became a county Health Department. The Health Department provides services through funding received from Federal, State, and local revenues. The client of the agency is the community.
Riley County’s Health Matters
The Health Department works with the diverse partners, organizations, and communities in the county to identify and address health issues and improve the quality of life for residents, visitors, and neighbors. Want to learn more about Riley County’s health? Visit Kansas Health Matters and see how Riley County compares to other Kansas counties.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute have released the eighth annual County Health Rankings. In 2018, Riley County ranked 3rd in Kansas for Health Outcomes. An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within the states, the Rankings provide information on factors communities can do something about, such as jobs, education, housing, community safety and more. Learn more at the County Health Rankings website and check out the Neighborhoods Matters App.
Board of Health
The Health Department is governed by the Board of Health. The Riley County Commissioners serve as the Board members.
The Riley County Public Health Advisory Council
The Board of Health and the Health Department are advised by members of the Manhattan community and Riley County. Members of the Advisory Committee include:
- Robert Boyd, Chair
- Debbie Nuss, Vice Chair
- Paul Benne
- Anna Binder
- Adam Bowman
- Nadine Chalman
- Robbin Cole
- Lori Herman
- Yvette Malquist
- Karen McCulloh
- Ellyn Mulcahy
- Jenny Yuen
Riley County Public Health Advisory Council Minutes
Riley County Public Health Advisory Council Agendas
Sign-In Sheets & Handouts
Beginning in January 2016, members of the Riley County Health Department staff participated in a strategic planning process facilitated by Kansas Health Institute. We are pleased to present our organizational strategic plan for 2017-2019. This organizational strategic plan guides our work towards becoming a more efficient and effective health department that provides high quality programs and services that will positively impact the health of the community. We encourage all community members to read the Strategic Planning Report (pdf).
In an effort to gain insights from the community for the purposes of planning and community improvement, Wichita State University’s Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR) was contracted to conduct a community-wide needs assessment for Riley County. The overarching theme of all of the data collected is that Riley County is a community that is divided between a high quality of life, prosperity, and growth on one hand, and dwindling resources for and lack of attention to those who are most in need on the other. Read the full Community Needs Assessment for Riley County (pdf).
Riley County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Following the Community Needs Assessment, the Riley County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) process began. The CHIP was an iterative process involving over 200 stakeholders in reviewing data, discussing needs, and identifying priorities. Based on the series of community and stakeholder meetings, thirteen priorities were identified. Of those, three were selected as having the most potential for collective impact in improving the health of Riley County:
- Communication and Coordination of Systems and Services
- Mental Health
These selected three priorities are being addressed through a concerted, cooperative effort of strategic teams formed around the issues.The community continues to works on these priorities and develop a more detailed implementation plan with specific, measurable objectives and activities. The CHIP is expected to be completed Fall 2017. Read more about the CHIP planning process (pdf).
To provide feedback on the Community Health Improvement Plan please email info@FlintHillsWellness.org. If you would like to get involved in the CHIP planning process please submit your information here: http://www.flinthillswellness.org/get-involved.cfm
The health department is responsible for informing others of the potential public health impact of policies being considered at the local, state, and federal levels. This page is updated with information about selected current or proposed policies and resolutions that impact the health of the public.
This page is updated with Information about selected current or proposed policies and resolutions that impact public health.
Food and Farm Council
The Flint Hills Wellness Coalition (FHWC) and the Food and Farm Taskforce have proposed a joint appointed City-County Food and Farm Council for Riley County and the City of Manhattan. The purpose of the Council is to advocate for and sustain an accessible, healthy, and local food system. The Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, Kansas envisions a local food system that supports healthy living in our community. To accomplish this the Council will:
- Identify and prioritize needs and make recommendations that promote, support, and strengthen access to local, healthy, safe, affordable food.
- Educate and advise the City/County Commissions on local food system needs.
- Provide a forum for people involved in different parts of the local food system and local
- Government officials for fostering collaborative, coordinated actions to improve our local food system.
The joint board structure best recognizes the existing program overlap and allows for greater collaboration between the City and the County in creating a local, healthy food system and increasing access to food. The FHWC will present recommendations for appoints of 12-15 members once the Interlocal Agreement has been approved by the Attorney General (expected by July 2018)
No funds were requested for the Council, however, the Riley County Health Department will be the fiscal agent for any grant funds received. The Flint Hills Wellness Coalition was awarded a $10,000 grant in fall 2017 from the American Heart Association and may apply for additional grant funding in the future. The Riley County Health Educator will be the staff liaison for the Food and Farm Council. The City will also appoint a staff Liaison.
On March 6, 2018, the Manhattan City Commission approved the interlocal agreement necessary for the Food and Farm Council. Minutes from the City Commission meeting are available online.
On March 12, 2018 the Riley County Board of Health approved the interlocal agreement necessary for the Food and Farm Council. Minutes from the County Commission meeting are available online.
For more information about the proposed City-County Food and Farm Council visit the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition website.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Proposed Amended Regulations Related to Child Care Licensing (pertaining to licensed day care homes, group day care homes, child care centers and preschools).
The proposed amended regulations apply to various child care facilities, school-age programs, and drop-in programs, respectively. They were developed cooperatively with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) to implement federal requirements pertaining to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. A summary of the proposed amended regulations and estimated economic impact follows:
Summary of Regulations:
K.A.R. 28-4-125. Background checks. This general child care regulation applies to licensed day care homes, group day care homes, child care centers, and preschools. It lists requirements for criminal history and child abuse registry checks for individuals affiliated with a child care facility. The proposed amendments describe changes to the requirements, including fingerprint-based checks.
K.A.R. 28-4-584. Background checks. This regulation applies to licensed school-age programs. It lists requirements for criminal history and child abuse registry checks for individuals working or volunteering in a program. The proposed amendments describe changes to the requirements, including fingerprint-based checks.
K.A.R. 28-4-705. Background checks. This regulation applies to drop-in programs. It lists requirements for individuals working or volunteering in a program. The proposed amendments describe changes to the requirements, including fingerprint-based checks.
Cost to licensees: Costs to each individual for background checks will be based on the fees charged by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that is anticipated to be approximately $50. It is anticipated that some licensees will choose to cover these costs for individuals associated with their facilities. 45 CFR 98.43(f) states that “Fees that a State, Territory, or Tribe may charge for the costs of processing applications and administering a criminal background check as required by this section shall not exceed the actual costs for the processing and administration:
The proposed amendments are available for public comment. Interested individuals may submit written comments by email, letter or fax to the contact person listed below. All written comments must be received prior to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018. In addition, a public hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Room 530, Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Topeka KS., to receive written and verbal comments.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66612-1274
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Proposed Amended Regulations to Related to Infectious Diseases
K.A.R. 28-1-1; K.A.R. 28-1-2; K. A.R. 28-1-4 ;K.A.R. 28-1-6 ;K.A.R. 28-1-12; K.A.R. 28-1-13 ; K.A.R. 28-1-18
Proposed changes to the regulations are being made to address updates to which disease investigations can be performed, actions taken to prevent the spread of disease and the recommended protections necessary to protect the health of citizens. A brief description of the proposed changes is available online
The public comment period for the proposed regulations is over. For the most recent information regarding the status of the proposed regulation visit the KDHE website:
Early Childhood Funding
The Kansas Legislature created the Kansas Endowment for Youth (KEY) Fund and the Children’s Initiatives Fund (CIF) in 1999. The KEY Fund serves as an endowment for investments in early education, funded by annual payments from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Money flows from the KEY Fund into the CIF, and then is distributed to early childhood programs. The CIF is administered by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund. CIF-funded programs undergo a rigorous evaluation coordinated by the Children’s Cabinet to ensure effective use of state dollars. Funding supports programs such as tiny-K and Parents as Teachers. More information about the KEY Fund and the CIF is available online.
The Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) is administered by the Children’s Cabinet. ECBG funds are distributed through grants to early childhood programs to provide research-based child development programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. The ECBG supports the Raising Riley Right program.
Additional resources regarding public health policy:
Healthy people in a healthy community
To promote and protect the health and safety of our community through evidence -based practices, prevention, and education
- Recognizing the value of all people
- Providing quality services
- Serving with leadership and integrity
- Advocating for advancement of public health policies
Your Health Department works with you, the local Board of Health, community health and education organizations, Fort Riley, and regional and state partners to strengthen and build the health of Riley County residents and visitors.
There are Ten Essential Public Health Services all local public Health Departments should undertake in their communities:
- Monitor the health of the community
- Diagnose and investigate health problems
- Inform, educate, and empower people
- Mobilize community partnerships
- Develop policies that protect and promote the health of the community
- Enforce laws and regulations
- Link to/provide health services
- Assure a competent workforce
- Evaluate quality of services and programs
- Research for new insights into improving health