Office of Epidemiology and Community Health Monitoring
The Office of Epidemiology and Community Health Monitoring provides epidemiological and statistical support to the Health Department’s core functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.
While OECHM activities cross-cut the 10 essential services of the Health Department, it has primary responsibility for monitoring the health status of the community to identify health problems.
In addition, OECHM is responsible for training Health Department staff and others in the community in epidemiology and statistics, and for assisting both internal and external customers with survey designs and statistical analyses.
OECHM publishes the Health Department’s Community & Hospital Letter, a monthly newsletter that discusses public health issues affecting Kansas City, Mo., and the metropolitan area (Medical Publications).
Not all activities of OECHM are internal to the Health Department. The office provides health data to neighborhoods, health care providers, community organizations, governmental programs, etc., to engage those entities in working to develop a community health system as well as for resource allocation discussions.
OECHM collaborates on city, state and national public health initiatives, and supports community-based special projects/research. Community education initiatives are an important component of OECHM’s responsibilities. OECHM collaborates with community organizations and public health agencies in the development of educational/informational programs.
Staff also do presentations on a wide-variety of topics for community organizations, universities and colleges, and medical/veterinary care providers.
OECHM offices are located at the Health Department, 2400 Troost, Suite 4000, Kansas City, MO 64108. Phone: (816) 513-6329.
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