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KDHE losing five top public health officials

Public health advocates are concerned about the sudden exodus of five top officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. Two KDHE officials were terminated – Tim Budge, the section chief of the agency’s immunization program, and Mindee Reece, the director of the Bureau of Community Health Systems. Three other officials announced their retirements – Brenda Walker, director of the Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention; Paula Clayton, director of the Bureau of Health Promotion; and Jane Shirley, director of the Center for Population Health and director of Local Public Health. The five have more than 80 years of combined agency experience. – Phillip Brownlee