A public health assessment in Southeast Kansas takes the next step.
A previous assessment got input from the public on the most pressing health problems in the lower eight counties of Southeast Kansas.
At a gathering today health professionals gave their opinions.
Medical personnel, law enforcement and a number of community partners met up to discuss such issues as medical equipment and communication.
The next step will be to sort through all this information.
"What we will do today is accumulate all this data that we have today, it will be sent to CDC, then they will come back with a report in the near future to identify where our weaknesses and our strengths are," says Janis Goedeke of the Crawford County Health Department.
An earlier public survey found that cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke were among the top health problems in Southeast Kansas.