The Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness Division (CDP/PHP) is the largest division within the Health Department and is responsible for the detection, control and prevention of communicable diseases and bioterrorism among Kansas City residents and visitors. You can reach CDP/PHP’s primary line by calling 816-513-6152 during regular business hours from 8am to 5pm.
This is accomplished by monitoring the occurrences of those legally mandated reportable diseases and other diseases of public health concern (surveillance or assessment) and by appropriate investigative procedures to detect disease outbreaks and potential threats to the community so that effective control or prevention measures can be implemented. The City Council establishes in ordinance those diseases that must be reported by physicians, veterinarians, laboratories and others, as well as the time frames for reporting.
- If you are a medical professional and you need to report a case of a reportable illness or an animal bite, please send a fax to our confidential, secured fax line: 816-513-6289. Please remember, this is for medical professionals only.
- If you are a medical professional who has a public health emergency after normal business hours, contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ 24/7 hotline at 1-800-392-0272 or our after-hours triage service at (816) 513-6008. Remember, this is for medical professionals only. If you have a personal medical emergency, call 911. If you have a non-urgent matter, please contact us the next regular business day.
The Health Department offers several clinics for Kansas City, Mo., residents and the surrounding area. Please be aware that physical exams, except in the case of sexually transmitted diseases, are not currently available through the Health Department. Many of our clinics are also part of this division.
The division also provides public education along with technical assistance and epidemiological training to metropolitan area health care providers, agencies and local health departments. It makes current communicable disease information available to health professionals and the public. These reports are available by mail or email. Special data reports also are generated to assist community agencies and other Health Department programs in the development of grant proposals. The Community Health Assessment provides statistics and data over time for the Kansas City area. Communicable disease annual reports, information pamphlets, and guidelines for the public are available by request, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query.
The division coordinates with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain a city-wide Health Alert Network (HAN). This notification system targets physicians, hospitals, veterinarians, ambulance services and other first responder agencies. Most often, disease alerts or updates, recalls and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are directly passed through this system to all or selected recipients. HANs may also be developed either by the State health department or by the Department and sent out.
Communicable Disease Prevention
2400 Troost Ave., Suite 2600
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary line: 816-513-6152