Reports and Research
Through its epidemiology functions, Riley County Health Department studies the overall health of the population by analyzing data, producing reports and conducing research.
Disease Investigation Reports and Newsletters
RCHD creates and disseminates reports about disease investigations and disease information on a regular basis. The Epidemiology Newsletter, or RCHD Epi News, is shared with partner health departments and medical providers. The RCHD Epi News began in 2014.
Arboviral diseases are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected arthropods, including mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, and others. RCHD staff investigate instances of arboviral diseases in Riley County residents. RCHD began producing arboviral disease reports in 2017, with the oldest data analyzed from 2015.
Annual disease investigation reports summarizing investigations conducted by RCHD staff are also available. These reports detail epidemiology at the health department, diseases investigated, and case status of those investigations, while comparing data year-to-year. Annual disease investigation reports were started in 2017.
Okt-FLU-ber Fest Reports
Okt-FLU-ber Fest is an annual, community-wide and family-friendly influenza vaccination clinic, first held in 2012. The goal of Okt-FLU-ber Fest is to create a fun and welcoming environment for families to receive seasonal influenza vaccinations. Community partners play a key role in the success of the event, and children receive a free pumpkin after receiving their vaccination. For more information on Okt-FLU-ber Fest and other health education promotion and education activities, visit our Health Education page!
BugAPalooza is an educational event focused on bug bite prevention, arboviral disease education, and outdoor safety. Originally started as an attempt to educate the community about ZIka Virus in 2016, the event has expanded to include partners from academia, environmental health, first response entities, and others. Vaccinations are also available to the public. Surveys are administered to determine respondents' attitudes and behaviors related to arboviral disease prevention activities. For more information on BugAPalooza and other health promotion and education activities, visit our Health Education page!
School Surveillance Reports
RCHD collaborates with schools throughout Riley County to gather absentee information for students missing school. Schools report absence due to illness to RCHD on a weekly basis. During the school year, RCHD analyzes the data, and provides reports to schools.
RCHD produced reports can be found in the Reports & Research folder
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Epi. Updates
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) produces a monthly epidemiology newsletter covering a wide-range of topics from influenza surveillance to foodborne outbreaks and everything in between. Visit the KDHE Epi Updates page to view the newsletters.