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Executive Director

Phone: (785) ***-****  HQ Phone
Kansas Association of Local Health Departments
300 SW 8Th Avenue Third Floor
Topeka , Kansas 66603
United States

Company Description: The Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) is dedicated to strengthening local health departments for the purpose of improving and protecting the...   more
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"The report makes some valid points, ..., 31 Dec 2015 [cached]
"The report makes some valid points, namely that federal preparedness funding has ebbed and flowed over the years, with an overall downward trend, and that states should focus on increasing vaccination rates for vaccine-preventable disease," said Michelle Ponce, executive director of the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments. "All of the issues cited in the report really emphasize the important role local health departments play in protecting the health of Kansans." Better efforts in outbreak preparedness will protect against a resurgence of resistant viruses and illnesses like whooping cough, tuberculosis and gonorrhea. Ponce explained that a key part of preparation is vaccination. "Local health departments provide health promotion and education about prevention and are vaccine providers and have legal responsibilities for isolation and quarantine," Ponce said. "There is a very broad range of measures that they may employ, which include education and counseling for preventing the spread of illness rather than legally imposed measures." After the massive pertussis outbreak last year, local health departments partnered with the state and school districts to halt the spread before reaching 370 cases. Kansas met some vaccination and food safety requirements on the Trust for American's Health report, but did not meet the requirement of vaccinating over half the population. The state could also improve the number of healthcare-acquired infections and climate change adaptation plans. Ponce explained that relationships between the health department and community entities will encourage more progress in these areas. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that healthcare only contributes 10 percent to an individual's health outcome - 90 percent is influenced by one's community and social environment. "Preparedness funding has been used to ensure capacity across the state to respond efficiently and effectively in the event of an emergency," Ponce said.
Michelle Ponce, a ..., 24 Sept 2009 [cached]
Michelle Ponce, a spokeswoman for SRS, said that while the review initiated by the health policy authority cited documentation and procedural concerns, it did not find evidence of Medicaid fraud.
"I'm confident that if the Attorney General's Office decides to investigate, the outcome will be the same," Ponce said.
Applications for the autism waiver will ..., 30 Nov 2007 [cached]
Applications for the autism waiver will be available in December, and the 25 children who will receive services will be selected in January, said Michelle Ponce, spokeswoman for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.She said it was unclear how many children were eligible and how many applications would be received.
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation - About Us, 27 May 2010 [cached]
Communications - Director, Michelle Ponce 785-296-3271
Special Assistant - Michelle Ponce 785-296-3271
About KALHD - Kalhd, 23 Aug 2015 [cached]
Michelle Ponce, Executive Director
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