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Public Advisory: Please take our population health survey ... | last updated: 04/08/2020 - 3:26pm | + read more

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is asking Johnson County residents to complete a short survey in order to understand how many people in Johnson County have or do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey will close at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10.

Survey link - Population Health Survey



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New Volunteer Management System makes volunteering easier
September 9, 2019

Three county departments are piloting a new Volunteer Management System (VMS) that makes it easier for residents to find volunteer opportunities in Johnson County Government. Johnson County Library, Human Services and Developmental Supports are the three departments using the system to publish volunteer opportunities and communicate with volunteers. In 2017, these three departments utilized approximately 2,500 volunteers working more than 77,000 hours. 

The new system allows residents to search by department, keyword, or city to find service opportunities that match their passions. Volunteers can create a secure profile account to register for specific volunteer programs or events, browse immediate needs posted by each department, sign up for training, and manage their scheduled volunteer opportunities.

The new Volunteer Management System (VMS) is easily accessible through the county’s website. Residents simply click the picture of one of the departments or the orange Volunteer Information & Services button. At the completion of the pilot, it will be determined if other departments will be added to the program. Until then, residents can still review opportunities for other departments and agencies on jocogov.org. The VMS and other volunteer opportunities are also accessible under the Residents tab from the menu throughout the site. 

Resource Fair and Marketplace set for Oct. 4
September 20, 2018

The Johnson County Community Developmental Disabilities Organization invites the community to attend a Resource Fair and Marketplace for individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families. There will be an opportunity to visit with many community support agencies and learn about resources available in Johnson County. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

For additional information, please contact Sheri Kendall or phone 913-826-2507.

Make every day special for your family
September 19, 2018

Family Day on Sept. 24 is more than a day on the calendar. Family Day celebrates simple, everyday things parents can do to connect with their kids. Since 2001, the grassroots effort has encouraged families to make time to connect at various times of the day. Whether driving your kids to practice, tucking them into bed, or enjoying a meal around the dinner table, the day offers everyone an opportunity to take a break and enjoy time as a family. Family Day is all about making every day special.

The simple, little things you do with your kids make a big difference. These activities create strong, healthy relationships that can prevent future drug use. On the fourth Monday of September, Family Day brings together communities across the country to celebrate the positive influence parents have on their kids. Here is a list of free or inexpensive fun activities for your family to enjoy.

Why is it so important to act early? If your kids aren’t used to talking to you about their day when they are 8 or 10, it’s harder to start at 12-14.

Research published in the journal New Directions for Child and Adolescent Behavior found that dining as a family can help improve literacy among children, as family conversations build their vocabularies and story comprehension. Another study from CASA Columbia found that teens who frequently participated in family dinners were less likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Still not convinced? Data collected by Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, indicated that families who ate meals together were typically healthier than those that didn't. Kids were more likely to chow down on fruits and veggies, and they were less likely to exhibit signs of depression. 

Family Day is a national initiative created by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens.

Now, how will your family participate in Family Day? We’d love to see you post a selfie of your family enjoying the day to social media using #JoCoFamilyDay.

We hope you enjoy this video about Family Day.

 

Election workers needed for Nov. 6 general election
September 19, 2018

The Johnson County Election Office is seeking 1,000 new election workers to serve voters at Johnson County polls during the Nov. 6 General Election.

To be eligible to serve, residents must be registered to vote at their current address in Johnson County, complete election worker training and be available 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. the day of the election. The training sessions will be offered multiple times between Oct. 20 and Oct. 31, including evening and weekend options.

Workers are paid a stipend of $110 for Election Day, $25 for attending classroom training and $25 for hands-on training with the voting equipment.

Residents can get more information or apply to become an election worker on the Johnson County Election Office website.

 

Help celebrate park's Grand Opening
September 17, 2018

Bring the entire family and help celebrate the grand opening of Big Bull Creek Park, the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's newest park.

Big Bull Creek Park is located at 20425 Sunflower Road in Edgerton, Kansas.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at the Sunflower Road access point. Light refreshments will be provided and there will be giveaways while supplies last.

Following the ribbon cutting, the park police substation/park maintenance facility and the organized group camp area will be open.

Other highlights of the park include:

  • A nature play area.
  • A three-quarter-mile paved trail.
  • A prairie restoration area.
  • An 18-hole disc golf course.

Construction for Big Bull Creek Park began in the spring of 2017. The park totals 2,060 acres and will be the largest park in the JCPRD park system.

Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community
September 14, 2018

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 -15, 2018. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and each year nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. In an effort to build awareness and educate, the Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is hosting a training event on Friday, Sept. 14 that is free and open to the community.

The topic is “Taking Action to Prevent Suicide in Our LGBTQ+ Community.” Participants will leave with an improved understanding of the challenges of LGBTQ+ people in the community, especially with regard to suicide, clear action steps they can take to be a powerful ally in preventing suicide, and an introduction to the neuroscience of unconscious bias and how it impacts one’s ability to make a difference.

The program will be presented by Jay Pryor, a speaker, executive coach and facilitator of corporate trainings and workshops around the world. They are a transgender and gender non-conforming advocate and educator for inclusivity and gender consciousness. They also serve as the co-host of Doing the Work with Jay and Becca, a weekly podcast devoted to awakening people to their own power to transform their lives. Jay is the author of the acclaimed book, Lean Inside: 7 Steps to Personal Power: A Practical Guide to Transformation for Women. Jay lives with their wife Jessica and their two children in Lawrence, Kansas.

The program will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center – 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

To RSVP, please contact Joe Kordalski at RKordalski@usd232.org or 913-667-6250

The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition saves and supports life, with our community partners, through awareness, education and outreach. The coalition meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Mental Health Center – 1125 W. Spruce St. in Olathe. To learn more about the coalition, visit jocogov.org/spc or call 913-715-7880.

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