Authorization and charge
In April 2001, the mayor and City Council accepted the Mayor’s Minority Health Improvement Task Force recommendations for minority racial/ethnic health improvements. On April 19, 2001 the mayor and City Council by resolution No. 010601 established the Kansas City Health Commission. This commission was charged to:
- Implement the recommendations from the Minority Health Improvement Task Force
- Provide structure and oversight for the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan for Kansas City
- Begin discussions for launching a collaborative process for developing a metro-wide Community Health Improvement Plan
- Advise the mayor and City Council on public health matters
In January 2006, the Health Commission became a permanent, mayoral-appointed advisory body (Ordinance No. 051261). The charge is to provide structure and oversight for the cyclical development, implementation and evaluation of a Community Health Improvement Plan for the City and to advise the mayor and City Council on health-related programs and policies. The Health Commissions mission is to achieve a citywide collaboration and partnership of organizations and individuals to work together to build a healthier community.
To ensure fulfillment of its charge, the commission adopted the following responsibilities:
- Aiding in the development of prevention and risk reduction strategies
- Recommending ongoing systemic modifications that provide access and improved care
- Advocating for current policies, resources and infrastructure and recommending the development of new policies, resources and infrastructure to prepare for and respond to new public health and health care concerns
- Advocating for the effective pursuit of good health as a basic human service for Kansas City residents and visitors
- Advising the mayor and City Council on health-related activities, contracts and policies.
In April 2014, Kansas City residents voted to include the Health Commission in the City’s Charter, establishing them as a Charter Commission.