Public Health


Where you live in Kansas City shouldn’t dictate how long you live. Currently, some residents living east of Troost experience a life expectancy gap as high as 18.2 years. And that is absolutely unacceptable. The pandemic illustrated just how broken our health system is and the lack of trust so many feel when it comes to the care they receive. City government needs to be in the trenches rebuilding that trust.

Last year, the City Council passed the 2022-2027 Kansas City Community Health Improvement Plan, which provided a road map for erasing historical health inequities through increased funding for public health and a focus on where health intersects with other challenges our city faces, like a sufficient supply of safe and affordable housing and violence prevention. It’s imperative we make decisions based on this thoughtful plan—the lives of our residents literally depend on it.