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Public health is one of the most important services we provide the residents of Johnson County Government. Every day, in many ways, we strive to prevent disease and promote wellness. Our Olathe and Mission walk-in clinics offer services including immunizations, pregnancy testing and family planning, and Tuberculosis testing. The Johnson County Mental Health Center provides a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to residents. We serve clients of the Kansas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, teach classes for child care providers, manage disease investigation and reporting, and so much more.

Health News

March for Meals food truck rally this Friday

On Friday, March 24, Johnson County Meals on Wheels will partner with Kansas City Food Truck Mafia to host its second-annual food truck rally 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Olathe, 111 N. Cherry St. Six food trucks are slated to participate in this year’s rally. All food trucks accept cash and credit cards and donations collected at the event will benefit Meals on Wheels seniors. 

Cherry Street will be blocked off for the food truck rally. Guests are encouraged to use the parking garage on Cherry Street or use available two-hour parking stalls on Kansas Avenue. Setup for the event begins at 9 a.m. and streets should be open again by 3 p.m.

Each March, Meals on Wheels programs from across the county unite for “March for Meals” to celebrate the collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, state and local government and compassionate individuals to ensure that senior residents are not forgotten. 

Take precautions to prevent spread of mumps

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed seven cases of mumps in adults living in Johnson County, Kan. Given the number of reported cases in Kansas and in nearby states, it is important that Kansans are up-to-date on their MMR vaccination (measles-mumps-rubella). Getting the vaccine will reduce the chance of getting the disease or reduce the severity of the illness.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It’s best known for puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw from swollen salivary glands. An infected person can spread the virus by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking,
  • Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and
  • Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

Symptoms usually last 7 to 10 days. Some people who get mumps do not have symptoms. Others may feel sick, but will not have swollen glands. If you or someone in your family has mumps symptoms, stay home and away from others and contact your healthcare provider.

KDHE recommends that a buccal swab specimen, a blood specimen and a respiratory viral panel (NP swab) be collected from all patients with clinical features compatible with mumps. Healthcare providers who suspect mumps in a patient or have received laboratory confirmation that a patient has mumps should call JCDHE’s disease investigation team at 913-826-1303 within 4 hours. Fax completed disease reports to 913-826-1300. After business hours and weekends, call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 1-877-427-7317. A quick reference guide for providers is available here

The best way to prevent mumps is to get the MMR vaccine. We offer the MMR vaccine at our walk-in clinics in Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Dr.) and Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.). No appointment is needed.

Kansas Infectious Disease Symposium, May 9-10, 2017

Join leaders in public health, emergency response, preparedness and healthcare to learn how highly infectious disease outbreaks are contained and managed in the state of Kansas. Network with local, state and federal partners to share Kansas-specific information on how to plan for disease outbreaks and maintain readiness in your jurisdiction. This event is for public health, healthcare leaders and providers, emergency management, first responders, healthcare coalitions, elected officials and other stakeholders. 

When: May 9-10, 2017

Where: Marriott Kansas City Overland Park, 10800 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210. Book your hotel room online by April 17, 2017. Rate is $129/night.

Cost: No cost to attend. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Registration deadline is May 1, 2017. Register for the conference on KS-TRAIN, Course #1068312

Johnson County Delegation to Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature Elected

The Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) hosted the election of six Johnson County delegates to the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature (KSHL) Tuesday, March 14, at the Sunset Drive Office Building in Olathe.  Voters elected the six delegates to serve a two-year term to represent the senior population of Johnson County.  The elected delegation include Katy Hoffman of Lenexa, Jerry D. Ireland of Lenexa, Gary Rex Scott of Olathe, Jeanie Adkins-Peine of Overland Park, Scott Gregory of Roeland Park, and Will Haworth,Sr of Gardner. 

Four candidates who also ran will be on a list of alternates.  In the event that any member of the elected delegation is unable to serve or complete a term, alternates will be considered to replace them in the order of the popular vote.  The alternates include John P. Smith of Shawnee, Ronald D. McVeigh of Olathe, Louis G. Bornman of Shawnee, and David J. Rogers of Overland Park.   

All candidates (See Candidate Information)  offered an amazing and broad range of experience and expertise.  Congratulations to everyone for their commitment to advocating and working for the priority concerns of Kansas senior citizens.  Although only six delegates are elected to the delegation, there are many ways for everyone to be active and involved and advocate.   For more information see What Is the Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature? or in Johnson County call 913-715-8860.  

Check out the latest news about Project SEARCH

Our Project SEARCH program has grown this year! The 2016-2017 interns have finished their first rotation and their first newsletter. We invite you to click here and take a look!

Outside labs should ship specimens to KHEL

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will no longer accept outside laboratory specimens and packages for shipment to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratory. Outside laboratories and providers should ship specimens and packages directly to the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL) via courier or delivery service. Packaging and shipping instructions can be found here.

Specimens and packages requested by JCDHE will continue to be shipped to KHEL by JCDHE. 

Johnson County response to Sec. Tim Keck

Today the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners endorsed this response to Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Tim Keck’s editorial in the Wichita Eagle entitled “Kansas safety net for disabled strong and improving.” 

Flu shots now available for 2016-17 influenza season

Flu shots are now available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at our walk-in clinics in Olathe and Mission. The cost is $30 for a seasonal flu shot and $50 for the high dose flu shot for those age 65 and older. The nasal spray vaccine will not be offered this year as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that it is not as effective as the standard flu shot. The recommendations for people with egg allergies have been updated too. Read more about these changes here.

We accept private insurance from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry, UnitedHealthcare and Medicare Part B. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. We are a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations such as Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those without insurance or who carry other insurance plans. Click here for immunization clinic hours and locations. If you have additional questions, call 913-826-1261.

JCDS Emerging Artists program coordinator wins award

Congratulations to JCDS employee Cary Odell for being named Kansas’ 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year by the  American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). DSPs are integral in supporting people with disabilities to participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives.

“We at JCDS are proud of Cary. The award shows the dedication Cary has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by JCDS,” said Chad VonAhnen, JCDS executive director.

Cary coordinates the JCDS Emerging Artists Program. More information about that program is available online and on Facebook.

 

JoCo experts weigh in on Zika virus

So far, Kansas has only one person (in the southwest part of the state) who tested positive for Zika virus after traveling. However, experts here in Johnson County and throughout the metro area are "bracing for bites" from mosquitos, as reported in The Kansas City Star on Sunday. Nancy Tausz, director of the Johnson County Health Services Division and Rick Miller, a Johnson County Kansas State University agricultural extension agent, both contributed to the article. In case you missed it, it's available online at this link. More information and resources about the Zika virus are available on our Department of Health & Environment's web page.

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