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
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 2017, Riley County ranked 5th 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 Matter! application.
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.
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
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.