About the Health Commission

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The KCMO Health Commission understands that health is not just the absence of disease. Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being (World Health Organization). The Health Commission aims to promote a thriving Kansas City, where all residents thrive in healthy communities, have equitable access to jobs, education and social service. Our key committees are made up of community groups, public health programs, residents and grassroots organizations to help us to prioritize goals and initiatives.

  • Violence Free KC
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Education
  • Access to Care
  • Birth Outcomes Monitoring
  • Budget and Contract Evaluation

Let’s Work Together

The Health Commission aims to achieve a City-wide collaboration and partnership of individual leaders across Kansas City to build a healthier community.  The Health Commission advises the Mayor and City Council on matters related to the KC Community Health Improvement Plan (KC-CHIP), public health, public health policies. We focus on prevention.

There are 18 health commissioners including four Co-Chairs who lead the board. They are the Council Co-Chair, Community Co-Chair, City Manager Co-Chair, and Vice-Chair.

We place a high value on diversity of background, ethnicity and ideas and invite you to share your experience and thoughts. Committee members serve staggered terms to encourage new membership and improve understanding of the health needs of our city. The public is invited to attend committee meetings to see the committees in action, express any concerns they may have, and help us advance the health goals of Kansas City.

Want to let your leadership know what it’s like to live in your neighborhood? Do you believe you have what you need to lead a healthy life? Let us know! Take our survey. Tell us what you think about living in Kansas City!

Commission History

The KCMO Health Commission was created almost twenty years ago to advance the health, safety, and well-being of residents and visitors to Kansas City. Our mission is a citywide collaboration and partnership of organizations and individuals, working together to build a healthier community.

In April 2001, the City Council accepted the Mayor’s Minority Health Improvement Task Force recommendations for minority racial/ethnic health improvements. Resolution No. 010601 established the Kansas City Health Commission, directing it to:

  • Implement proposals from the Minority Health Improvement Task Force
  • Provide structure and oversight for the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan
  • Begin discussions collaborative process for developing a metro-wide Community Health Improvement Plan
  • Advise the Mayor and City Council on public health matters

Health Commission became a permanent advisory board in 2006, providing oversight of the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Community Health Improvement Plan while advising the Mayor and City Council on health-related programs and policies.

April 2014, Kansas City residents voted to include the Health Commission in the City’s Charter, establishing it as an independent body that represents the views of citizens and ensuring it remains current with the needs of the community.

What We Do

  • Advise the Mayor and City Council on health-related activities, contracts and policies.
  • Advocate for the effective pursuit of good health as a basic human service for Kansas City residents and visitors
  • Assist development of effective prevention and risk reduction strategies
  • Advocate for ongoing and future policies, resources and infrastructure to meet new public health and health care concerns
  • Advance

Learn More

  • Community Health Improvement Plan - Learn how the KCMO Community Health Improvement Plan is improving the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who calls Kansas City home.
  • Access Online Tools and Resources for Better Health
  • Health Commission Bylaws (Revised June 2015) - We’re working together to build a healthier community. See the bylaws for an overview, including Member Eligibility Requirements.
  • Online Health Advisor Application - Are you interested in becoming a Community Health Advisor to the KCMO Health Commission? If you are interested in working with Kansas City to help improve the health and well-being of our community, . Working together, we can improve the lives of everyone who calls Kansas City home.

Please email us with any additional questions concerning the KCMO Health Commission. We’ll be happy to help!

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