The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. “Flu season” in the United States begins as early as October and lasts as late as May. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community.
Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people) and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease), pregnant women and young children.
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) now offers the Flublok® Quadrivalent vaccine which contains three times more active ingredients than all other quadrivalent influenza vaccines, making it a good choice for older adults and those with compromised immune systems. In addition to Flublok®, health department clients can request the regular seasonal flu shot for anyone over the age of 6 months or the Fluzone® High-Dose vaccine for adults over age 65. All of these flu vaccines are available at JCDHE’s two walk-in immunizations clinics in Mission (6000 Lamar Ave.) and Olathe (11875 S. Sunset Drive). Flu vaccine is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans with no copay. Those without insurance will pay $30 for the seasonal flu shot or the Flublok® vaccine and $50 for the Fluzone® High-Dose vaccine. JCDHE accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coventry, Cigna and United Healthcare and Medicare Part B. They do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations such as Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community.
New Volunteer Management System makes volunteering easier
September 21, 2018
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.