Contact

Karen Henry
Life Span Institute
785-864-0756

KU, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department launch Academic Health Department

Wed, 02/20/2013

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Work Group on Community Health and Development and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department have launched a new kind of partnership, called the Academic Health Department, the first in Kansas and one of only a few in the country.

Vickie Collie-AkersThe KU Work Group is a longstanding partner with the Health Department, most recently in facilitating the recent Comprehensive Community Health Assessment, but the Academic Health Department takes the collaboration a step further.

“We hope to ultimately create a shared research agenda with the Health Department,” said Vicki Collie-Akers, assistant research professor, who leads the KU effort, “to merge our goals with theirs.” Collie-Akers will have an office at the Health Department.

Dan PartridgeHealth Department Director Dan Partridge said the Academic Health Department would play a pivotal role in helping his agency evaluate and document the successes and failures of policies and systems that aim to improve community health.

“A major focus will be to answer the question, ‘How well are community-based efforts working to improve health?’ We hope the answers will help inform future decisions promoting the health and vitality of Douglas County,” he said.

The KU Work Group, a WHO (World Health Organization) Collaborating Center, has pioneered understanding the process of how communities create conditions that promote health.

The Academic Health Department will also function like a teaching hospital for KU students in applied behavioral psychology, the Work Group’s academic home, said Collie-Akers.

Short-term goals of the partnership include supporting the implementation and evaluation of Douglas County’s first Community Health Plan that will position the Health Department for accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board, a national nonprofit agency.

The KU Work Group on Community Health and Development is one of the 12 centers of the KU Life Span Institute.

For more information, contact Karrey Britt, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 785-856-7632, kbritt@ldchealth.org; or Karen Salisbury Henry, KU Life Span Institute 785 864-0756, kahenry@ku.edu.



It’s your freshman year. Want to get started with academic success and to explore interesting and important questions? We have something that can help: KU First-Year Seminars. These for-credit courses provide KU freshmen with an early opportunity to deeply explore big and exciting questions in an academic content area of their choosing. Timothy McGinnis, a journalism and environmental studies student, said his seminar "made me realize that you don't have to take classes based on your major in order to learn something. Broaden your knowledge...take new classes to see if it interests you." Delve into your interests - be a Jayhawk and explore a First-Year Seminar. Learn more: http://bit.ly/KU1stys Tags: #BeAJayhawk KU Office of First-Year Experience The University of Kansas Office of Admissions

RT @rockchalkrevue : ONLY 3 DAYS UNTIL RCR 2015! If you haven't purchased tickets yet, there is still time! #TheBestIsYetToCome http://t.co/…
Explore KU Seasons: Winter The crisp scrape of a shovel alerts your senses. Everything is different. Unexpected works of white powdery art are almost everywhere — some crafted by nature, others by whimsical students. Following a fresh snowfall, the University of Kansas’ campus takes on an almost magical majesty. And students flock out to explore the Hill under winter’s wonderful cloak, adding to their rich four-season experience as Jayhawks.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times