The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) is launching an ambitious initiative called “Prioritizing Equity in Wyandotte County: Dismantling Systemic Racism.” 

The UGPHD plans to use community engagement sessions and other methods to better understand how systemic racism is impacting the Black community and other communities of color in WYCO, and to find out what community members think should be prioritized to address racism and mitigate the harm it causes. 

The first stage of this initiative begins this month, when the UGPHD will begin hosting a series of learning sessions, where members of the public can participate in sessions to help identify and prioritize systemic racism issues and discuss how to address them. 

To learn more about the “Prioritizing Equity in Wyandotte County: Dismantling Systemic Racism” community engagement sessions and how to attend one, visit or call 913-283-4158. Dinner will be provided at the sessions. For free transportation or interpreters, you must RSVP at least two days in advance of the session you want to attend. American Sign Language interpreters are also available upon request. 

Sessions are 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dates and locations are:  

  • Feb. 8 – Quindaro Community Center
  • Feb. 9 – Bethany Community Center
  • Feb. 15 – Beatrice L. Lee Community Center
  • Feb. 16 – Eisenhower Middle School
  • Feb. 22 – Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center
  • Feb. 23 – Piper Schools CTE Building
  • March 1 – KCK Public Library, South Branch (This session will be conducted in Spanish)
  • March 2 – Bonner Springs Community Center
  • March 8 – Carl Bruce Middle School
  • March 9 – Eisenhower Middle School
  • March 15 – Public Health Dept.
  • March 16 – Online over Zoom