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KDHE listening tour begins

6/28/2013

By KHI News Service

By KHI News Service

TOPEKA -- The state's top health official began a seven-city tour this week to talk about ways to improve collaboration between public health officers and private primary care providers.

Dr. Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment began the tour in Wichita but also emphasized the topic in a recent talk with public health officials at one of their group meetings in Salina.

"The objective of these meetings is to start or advance a conversation that helps identify barriers and opportunities for collaboration among provider groups in our public health and primary care sectors. Already, many Kansas communities have identified innovative strategies for collaboration, and these efforts are improving the quality of life for Kansans," Moser said in a statement. "These conversations are essential in the work to improve population health."

Other stops on the tour:

* Monday: Chanute

* July 8: Garden City

* July 16: Salina

* Aug. 1: Colby

* Aug. 6: Topeka

Details of the western Kansas meetings will be announced as they become available.

Moser also plans to talk in Kansas City, but that date has yet to be decided, officials said.

The KHI News Service is an editorially independent initiative of the Kansas Health Institute.