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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Grant accepted for prevention and management of chronic disease
December 20, 2018

Thanks to $850,000 in new grant funding, Johnson County residents will benefit from an increased emphasis on cardiovascular disease prevention and management. Today, the Board of County Commissioners voted to accept grant funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the amount of $170,000 annually for a period of five years.

KDHE receives funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its work to better link the public health system with healthcare providers via electronic records systems. These connections help systems collaborate to more efficiently diagnose and treat total blood cholesterol, hypertension and prediabetes resulting in improved clinical outcomes.

“Preventing and controlling these conditions is important because they cause heart attacks, narrowing of the arteries and strokes, which are three of the top five leading causes of death in Johnson County,” said Lougene Marsh, director of the Department of Health and Environment.

The funding accepted by the BOCC today will allow for more targeted prevention and intervention processes and for increased partnerships and linkages to address and prevent chronic disease.

Johnson County K-State Extension saves residents nearly $364K
December 19, 2018

October into December can be a challenging time for older adults as they enroll in Medicare. For some, the process can be overwhelming, so to have assistance along the way is always appreciated. Through the help of a Johnson County Extension office program, this year, extension agent Denise Dias says the office was able to save residents $363,773, compared to $218,403 in 2017.

“One elderly resident was shocked, and nearly moved to tears, when we helped her save $1,200 per year by changing her prescription drug plan,” Dias said. “She shared that she will now enjoy a special treat to celebrate.”

Residents who participated in the extension office’s Medicare enrollment program saved an average of $3,566. Dias personally helped more than 100 residents. She also facilitated a special hearing-impaired counseling session for five residents. With the assistance of sign-language interpreters, volunteers were able to help them fully understand their enrollment options. Dias says the success of this initiative, has sparked interest from State of Kansas partners to host an all-day workshop for these clients next year.

“It’s such a wonderful feeling to be able to help individuals who are largely on a fixed income achieve savings,” Dias said.

Although the Medicare enrollment period has closed, contact Dias if you have questions about next year’s enrollment process, at 913-715-7000, or by email at denise.dias@jocogov.org.
 

Ground breaking for new medical examiner facility
December 19, 2018

County leaders and other partners and stakeholders donned hard hats and flipped dirt on a cold and drizzly Thursday. A ground breaking ceremony celebrated the construction of Johnson County’s first-ever medical examiner facility.

NEW: Please take a look at our ground breaking video below. We also have information in this news release and photos available here.

 

 

 

Governor signs Radon Awareness Month proclamation
December 18, 2018

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can have serious health consequences, including lung cancer, when excess levels are present in your home. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Johnson County K-State Extension Agent Denise Dias was at the Statehouse, in Topeka, to bring attention to this important issue. She and others with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment joined Lt. Governor Tracey Mann for a proclamation signing ceremony to designate January as Radon Awareness Month.

Dias says radon is prevalent in Johnson County, so it’s important that residents test their homes.

“The average radon test coming back is 5.3, which is over the action level for radon, so, because of that it’s really important to encourage people to test,” Dias said. “And we have a lot of older homes in our county, and even new homes being built should be tested for radon.”

Residents can purchase radon test kits through the K-State Extension office for $8. The kit is left in the house for a couple of days, and then returned for testing. If results show high levels of radon, Dias says addressing the issue is relatively inexpensive and should be done sooner rather than later. 

“The only way to know if you have radon gas in your home is to test, Dias said.  “Even if your neighbor has high levels or low levels, it doesn’t matter. Each home is individual and unique, so that’s why you have to test.”

Contact the K-State Extension Office for a radon kit.

Portion of Cherry Street closed Tuesday, Dec. 18
December 17, 2018

Those who may be headed to downtown Olathe, will want to avoid Cherry Street, from Park to Loula, on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The road will be closed to through vehicular traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the installation of a 3D crosswalk. No detour will be available.
The parking garage, adjacent businesses and on-street parking will be accessible at all times during this construction.  

Updates regarding Johnson County BOCC meetings
December 17, 2018

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will conduct its Dec. 20 meeting offsite in the Olathe City Hall city council chambers, located at 100 E. Santa Fe St., Olathe 66062. The 9:30 a.m. meeting is being relocated due to minor remodeling and improvements in the current county commission board room. The meeting will be broadcast live at live.jocogov.org, however, live video will not be available via the county’s Legislative Information Management System that day.

The board will reconvene in the board room at 111 S. Cherry St., third floor at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 10. The Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 meetings have been cancelled due to the Christmas holiday and the lack of a quorum, respectively.

The swearing in ceremony for the county’s commissioners, Chairman Ed Eilert, Michael Ashcraft – 5th District, Becky Fast – 1st District and Janeé Hanzlick – 4th District, is scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14 in the board room located on the third floor of 111 S. Cherry St.

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