Community Health Promotion

Our Mission 

To improve Kansans’ health and wellness by creating tobacco free environments and promoting tobacco prevention and treatment, healthy food access and active living  

Programs 

Community Health Promotion (CHP) houses two primary program areas:

  1. Tobacco Use Prevention Program
  2. Physical Activity & Nutrition Program

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the nation. The Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) provides resources and assistance to state and local partners for development, enhancement and evaluation of state and local initiatives to prevent death and disease from tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. 

TUPP focuses on four priority areas: 1) Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people, 2) Promoting quitting among tobacco users of all ages, 3) Eliminating nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke, and 4) Identifying and eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among different population groups. 

In addition, TUPP manages the statewide Kansas Tobacco Quitline, a free resource that provides services and support to Kansans trying to quit tobacco products. The Quitline offers 24/7 counseling services and specialized support to youth, those with behavioral health conditions, pregnant women and American Indians.  

TUPP is also home to Resist, a youth led tobacco prevention initiative that empowers youth to stand up against the tobacco industry and prevent youth tobacco initiation.

CHP programs are currently funded through the National Tobacco Control Grant, Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant, USDA Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Grant and the Children’s Cabinet Initiative Fund. Some of these funding sources support the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction (CDRR) aid to local initiative. The CDRR Grant Program provides funding, technical assistance and resources to statewide community level agencies through an application process that focuses their efforts to address tobacco use prevention and treatment, and the promotion of physical activity and nutrition.  

CDRR Goal Areas include: Prevent Initiation of Commercial Tobacco Use Among Young People, Eliminate Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, Promote Quitting Among Adults and Young People, Increase Physical Activity, Access to Healthy Foods, and Community Resiliency, Improve the Ability of Those with Chronic Disease to Manage Their Condition(s). 

Accomplishments  

The CHP team is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of Kansans, through partnerships, addressing health inequities, and focusing on social determinants of health. While there is still a lot of work to be done, some of the most recent accomplishments include:  

  • Passing of local level policies to prevent tobacco use 
  • Improved access to healthy food 
  • Providing resources to underserved and high need populations to promote tobacco treatment