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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

Spring/Summer issue of Speak Up!

Our Self-Advocate Group has put together the Spring/Summer issue of its newsletter, Speak Up! Please take a look at what this group has been up to.

Spring/Summer newsletter

Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 Area Plan on Aging

A Public Hearing will be held concerning the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging Fiscal Year 2019 Area Plan on Aging. The hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on July 11, 2018, in the Debbie Sullivan Room, at the Health Services Building, 11875 S. Sunset, Olathe, KS. Please call 715-8800 for information or directions.

The mission of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is to advocate for and assist older adults in maintaining their independence and dignity through community-based services. The AAA targets services to older adults with the greatest social and economic need and provides a variety of support services for caregivers.  Each year the AAA submits a plan to request funding and explain the services that the AAA plans to provide for seniors in Johnson County.

 

150 Volunteers Needed for Community Health Assessment

Community Health Assessment Survey LogoEvery three years the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment joins with nonprofit hospitals and other community partners to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA).

The purpose is to identify factors that affect the health of our residents. We need at least 150 volunteers on Saturday, September 8, 2018 to go to preselected neighborhoods to survey citizens about their health and the health of the community.

Volunteers will start the day at 8 a.m. with training on the survey and then go in pairs to neighborhoods to conduct the surveys until 5 p.m. Each survey takes about 10 minutes.

This is a great way to help the community, enjoy a nice walk, get a t-shirt and meet new people! Volunteers will be eligible to win a gift card for their participation.

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHAVolunteer2018

Questions? Call 913-477-8364 or barbara.mitchell@jocogov.org

Expert: Face-to-face connections helpful in suicide prevention

"If there's something off about the person, if you've noticed something different, but you have to have a connection with someone in order to notice that."

See the full video at: http://www.kmbc.com/article/expert-says-face-to-face-connections-helpful-in-suicide-prevention/21241608

2017 annual report

After a lot of collaborative work among many people, our 2017 annual report is complete!

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Staying safe in the heat

Record-setting temperatures over the Memorial Day weekend are a reminder that citizens who need a place to cool down during hot days are encouraged to visit one of the Johnson County Library’s 13 branches. All of these facilities will be available during normal business hours.

Libraries offer many services in addition to a cool place to rest and restore. You can read books, magazines and newspapers, or access the Internet. Library hours vary by location. Call (913) 826-4600 to check hours of operation for your nearest library branch or visit the Library website at http://www.jocolibrary.org/locations.

The following tips will help you stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Check with your doctor if you have restrictions related to fluid intake.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere cool—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Exercise in an air-conditioned place and drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • If you have to be outside, try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some are at greater risk than others. Be sure to check regularly on:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • People taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives, and diuretics
  • Athletes who are not used to working out in warm environments
  • People who work outside
  • People who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
Measles investigation in Johnson County comes to a close

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment identified 22 cases of measles that were epidemiologically linked after an infant who was too young to be vaccinated was infected with measles while traveling internationally. Health officials began investigating the outbreak on March 8 and continued until it was declared over on May 28 by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

Johnson County Measles Investigation FAQ

Top 4 things parents need to know about measles 

Las 4 cosas principales que deben saber los padres sobre el sarampión 

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS: Measles Clinical Information

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS: Healthcare Facility Infection Control Recommendations for Suspect Measles Cases

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Measles Information

Kansas Department of Health and Environment 2018 News Releases

Measles Exposure Sites in Missouri

Commission on Aging (COA) Seeks Candidates for Leadership in Aging Award

Leadership in Aging Award - 2018

The Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) is seeking candidates for its annual Leadership in Aging Award, which honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County.

To request a nomination form, call the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) at 913-715-8860 or click on this link to open a nomination form.

Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, Aug. 3, to: Katy Hoffman, c/o Area Agency on Aging, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1300, Olathe, KS 66061 or via e-mail to HSA-AAAWeb@jocogov.org.

Appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, the COA is an advisory body to the AAA and advocates for senior adults in the county.   Read more about the COA on their web page.

County commission approves case manager position for homeless

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today authorized the Mental Health Center to accept an emergency solutions grant to fund a new, full-time case manager position to provide homeless outreach services.

The Mental Health Center’s new case manager will work to identify individuals in Johnson County who are part of the unsheltered homeless population. The emergency solutions grant, awarded by the Johnson County Human Services Department, will provide funds to enhance the current homeless outreach efforts of the Mental Health Center’s Recovery Support Team.

“We currently provide case management services to individuals and families, but many in the homeless population are difficult to contact because they have no permanent residence or telephone,” said Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese. “This new case manager position and grant funding will allow our staff to provide outreach and support to better serve the county’s vulnerable populations.”

The case manager position will be funded with a portion of the $99,000 grant as well as fee-for-service revenue generated by the position. Remaining grant funds will be used for capital purchases in support of the position as well as transportation and emergency medical services for homeless clients. No county tax support was requested to fund the position.

“Community-based services provide local children and adults the resources they need to live within the community,” DeWeese said. “Our goal in offering these services is to prevent residents from entering state hospitals, psychiatric facilities, jails and emergency rooms. These resources ensure clients receive the psychiatric treatment needed and assists them in accessing jobs, multi-service centers, healthcare, permanent housing and other services.”

Opioid prescriptions decline in Kansas amid adoption of new tracking system

Medical professionals in Kansas dispensed nearly 9 percent fewer opioids by prescription in 2017 compared to the previous year, state officials said Tuesday.

The report drawing information from Kansas’ prescription drug monitoring program, or K-TRACS, indicated a decline in opioid dispensation of 8.9 percent, which equated to 249,000 fewer prescriptions, for Kansas patients.

Read More: http://www.cjonline.com/news/20180417/opioid-prescriptions-decline-in-kansas-amid-adoption-of-new-tracking-system

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