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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

PARENT SURVEY: Social media's influence on HPV vaccination rates

Has social media influenced your decision on whether or not you will vaccinate your child against the human papillomavirus (HPV)? If you’re a parent or guardian of a child age 9-17 years old, please complete this short online survey about social media’s influence on your decision. The information you provide will help Kansas health officials understand the best channels to inform parents about disease prevention and the HPV vaccine. This survey is in English only and will be available until Friday, March 3, 2017. The survey is anonymous and personal information is not collected.

Click here to begin the survey.

This survey is being conducted by the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations (CEHCUP) at the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Information gathered from this survey will be shared with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to help develop more efficient interventions to safeguard and improve the health of Kansans.

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

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

Candidates may file for Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature

Every two years the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) hosts the election of the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature (KSHL). The election is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the Sunset Drive Office Building at 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. There are 6 Johnson County delegates.  Elections will take place if more than six candidates apply.  If less than six apply, additional representatives will be appointed.

Candidates may file for election to KSHL by Feb. 7   Johnson County residents who are at least 60 years old on or before March 14 (and registered voters) may file to be a candidate for election to the Johnson County delegation of the KSHL.  Nomination is secured by an intent form and a $25 filing fee made out to “KSHL” or the intent form and a petition signed by 50 county residents age 60 or older.

For a candidate registration packet - cover letter, resume form, registration, intent form, petition, SHL overview etc , or for an absentee ballot or for questions about the KSHL, call Wendy at 913-715-8860.  Registration deadline is the end of business day on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Residents age 60 and over who are registered voters may vote for the candidate of their choice. Eligible voters who are not able to make it to the election sites on March 14 may request an absentee ballot on or before Monday, Feb. 20.  Candidate information will be available at the election site and is posted here: See Candidate Information   See all 2017 SHL Election Dates.

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.

Spring kickoff at the WIC garden

The weather is forecasted to warm up by Tuesday, March 22 when the WIC garden springs to life for another growing season. The public is invited to volunteer at the kickoff event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. when county staff will plant potatoes, onions, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and more!

All Kansas WIC clients are encouraged to volunteer in the garden. WIC clients who volunteer in the garden will have first priority to the produce that is harvested from the garden. All other produce will be made available at the Olathe WIC office. WIC volunteers will not only have access to freshly harvested produce, but will also learn skills to grow vegetables in their own gardens and feed their families for years to come.

The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe (north side of the Health Services Building). Tools and gloves are provided.

If you enjoy gardening, want to learn how to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetable and you like to help people in the community, we hope to see you there on March 22. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. during the growing season (April-October).

If you have questions, contact Julie Davis at 913-715-6938 or Julie.davis@jocogov.org. Click here for more information.

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