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Safe Kids Johnson County

safe kids logoThe Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is the lead agency for Safe Kids Johnson County. The program is affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide, the first and only national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and younger.

Safe Kids Johnson County is comprised of agencies, organizations, and businesses within Johnson County who work to prevent unintentional injury in children.

Objectives of Safe Kids Johnson County include:

Educating the public about preventing childhood injury.

Promoting ongoing awareness of injury prevention issues through the local media.

Organizing activities highlighting various injury prevention strategies such as:

  • Child Passenger Safety Seats Check-Up Events: Trained child safety seat technicians adjust/install car seats properly while teaching parents/caregivers the basics about how to install a car seat at home. Please call (913) 477-8312 for more information about the next Child Passenger Safety Seat Check-Up Event.
  • Child Passenger Safety Technician training.
  • Bike Rodeos/Bike Helmet Fitting Demonstrations: Activities that promote wearing helmets and wearing them correctly, as well as learning the safety rules of the road.
  • Home Safety: Information and events on topics such as: choking, poisoning, water and fire safety.
  • Sports Safety: Information and education on participating in sports injury-free.
  • Celebrate National Safe Kids Week in May with events, activities and information on preventing unintentional childhood injury.
  • Community injury prevention education for professionals, parents, daycare providers, and other caregivers.

Upcoming Community Events:

Child Passenger Safety Seat Fittings and Installations - Locations in Johnson County

Home Safety

Toy and Shopping Safety

Halloween Safety:

Summer Safety:

Child Passenger Safety:

Pedestrian Safety:

Hyperthermia Safety Information:

Baby Safety:

Playground Safety:

Sports Safety Information:

Furniture Safety:

Water Safety/Boating Safety Information:

Medication Safety Information:

Firearm Safety

Poison Prevention:

Product Recalls/Used Children's Products:

Important Links:

IIHS Boosters improve: Most new seats provide good belt fit: Two Safety 1st models are not recommended as boosters
http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr102512.html

Trouble in Toyland
http://www.uspirg.org/reports/usp/trouble-toyland-2012

AAP News, Prevent burns, fires when using space heaters
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/33/12/32.6.full

MMWR, Suffocation Deaths Association with Use of Infant Positioners – United States, 1997-2011
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6146a1.htm

MMWR, Years of Potential Life Lost from Unintentional Injuries Among Persons Aged 0-19 years – US, 2000-2009
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6141a2.htm

Safety Tips

The JCDHE Child Care Licensing Division offers the following tips to help parents and providers keep children safe in very cold and very hot weather. If you have specific questions that are not answered here, please contact us at (913) 477-8339 or (913) 477-8382.

Cold Weather Tips for Parents and Childcare Providers

Download this Child Care Weather Watch chart to help determine what temperatures and weather conditions are appropriate for outdoor play.

Winter brings colder weather. Children get cold (and hot) more easily than adults. This is because young children have relatively more surface area for their body mass than those who are older. Still, going outside when it is cold is a good idea. Germs are less concentrated in the outdoor air. Take the group outside while fresh air circulates from opened windows and/or the ventilation system in the emptied rooms.

Outdoor play in cold weather encourages more vigorous physical activity. In addition, going outside in all types of weather gives children opportunities to learn about changes in the environment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips to enjoy cold weather.

Dress for the Weather
Adults and children lose body heat more quickly if they don’t wear a hat. Choose tightly woven fabrics that keep you warmer by holding in more heat and keeping wind from taking body heat away. Wool or tightly woven synthetic fibers are better than cotton. Cold air holds less moisture than warmer air. So if it is very cold, wear a scarf or knitted face covering. This reduces drying of exposed skin and linings of the nose and throat. Getting too warm can cause sweating. So dress to stay warm, but avoid over-dressing. Perspiration wets clothing. Moisture on the skin wicks heat away from the body. However, wet weather doesn’t need to keep everyone inside. It can be fun to be outside in snow and rain – if you dress in water-resistant clothing that keeps skin dry.

Watch for Shivering
Shivering is the movement of muscles to generate warmth when the body is getting too cold. If someone is shivering despite increased activity, it is time to go inside. Otherwise, body temperature will start to fall.

Defining Cold Injuries
The following definitions of cold injury are from Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers, 2nd edition, 2012, pp. 298-303. This manual was written by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses.

Hypothermia: Lowered body temperature is called hypothermia. Suffering from hypothermia doesn’t require very cold temperatures if the skin gets wet. In addition to shivering, at significantly lowered body temperatures, drowsiness, confusion, slurred speech and shallow breathing can occur. Body temperatures lower than 95 degrees F. are dangerous. First aid for hypothermia is to call EMS. Then take the child to a warm room, remove cold wet clothing, and replace it with warm dry clothing or a blanket. If a warm room isn’t available, wrap the cold person and a warm person together in a blanket.

Frost nip: In freezing temperatures, smaller, exposed body parts suffer cold injury first. Blood vessels in these areas constrict in response to cold. This constriction can make fingers, toes, ear lobes and tip of the nose pale and numb. They are painful as they warm up again. If the part doesn’t actually freeze and no permanent injury occurs, the condition is called “frost nip.” First aid for frost nip is similar to the first aid for hypothermia. Do not rub the injured part. Until you can get to a warm room and replace cold wet clothing with dry warm ones, put the cold body parts close to warm body areas, e.g. hold cold hands in armpits. For 30 minutes, slowly rewarm injured areas in warm (not hot) water around 100 degrees F. Apply warm compresses to the injured area. If warm water isn’t available, gently wrap the area in warm blankets. If the area seems to return to normal, have caregivers/families watch for any evidence of injury that signals the need for medical care.

Frostbite: If body tissues actually freeze, the injury is called frostbite. Frostbite requires medical attention as it can cause permanent damage. The severity of frostbite is graded like burn injuries. First degree frostbite is when tissues become white and hard, and then mildly red and swollen when rewarmed. Second degree frostbite is when blisters appear the next day. Third degree frost bite is when permanent skin damage occurs. First aid for frostbite is to contact EMS and then follow the same procedure as for frost nip until EMS can take over.

Wind Chill Wind: Wind chill wind removes heat from the body faster than would occur just by exposure to the cool temperature. The National Weather Service has a helpful guide. This guide indicates when conditions are comfortable, require caution, or are dangerous for outdoor activities. Outdoor play with proper clothing is OK unless the temperatures are at or below minus 15 degrees F. Check children frequently when conditions require caution. Look for shivering and any signs of early cold injury to hands, toes or other vulnerable body parts. This CDC chart indicates the amount of time until frost-bite occurs at varying combinations of air temperatures and wind speed.

Hot Weather Guidelines for Child Care Providers

As temperatures across the country continue to escalate above average highs, it is more important than ever to understand the health effects for children. Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on others to keep them safe. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature can increase three to five times as quickly as an adult’s.

hot childRecommendations
The recommendation states that if the heat index is 90ºF to 95ºF (32ºC to 35ºC) or if there is a heat advisory in effect, children should only be outside for short periods of time (15 to 30 minutes or less.)

Base the amount of time outside on the children's appearance and behaviors. If the children are running around and actively playing and do not exhibit any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke (see signs below), they can be outside on the longer end of the timeframe. If children are sitting or standing around in the shade, take them inside sooner. Morning is the best time to be outside, as it is the coolest part of the day.

A heat index of 95ºF (35ºC) or higher is considered to be the regulations definition of "extreme." On these days it would be expected that children would not have to go outside at all. This is where we see regulation violations occur most. It is important to note that heat indexes are measured in the SHADE. When planning activities in which children will be exposed to full sunshine, add 15 degrees to the stated heat index. Strong winds can also make the heat worse.

Additionally, when there is an excessive heat warning as defined by the National Weather Service, it is recommended that outdoor summer camps be moved to their inside locations for the afternoons.

On "extreme" heat days, it is recommended that field trips only be taken to indoor, air-conditioned locations. If the mode of transportation for the field trip is walking or in a vehicle without air conditioning, the predicted temperature/heat index at the time of the return trip must be considered.

Regulations 
The regulations pertaining to children outside in extreme weather are as follows:

Licensed Child Care Centers (including Mother's Day Out and Preschools): K.A.R. 28-4-438(b) and K.A.R. 28-4-126(a)(1).

Licensed School Age Programs: K.A.R. 28-4-590(f)(2) and K.A.R. 28-4-587(a).

Outdoor Summer Camps: K.A.R. 28-4-586(b)(1)(c) and K.A.R. 28-4-586(2).

Licensed Day Care Homes and Group Day Care Homes: K.A.R. 28-4-116(a)(4), K.A.R. 28-4-117(a)(7), and K.A.R. 28-4-126(a)(1).

Definitions
Heat related terms can be confusing. Here are the definitions provided by the National Weather Service.

Excessive Heat occurs from a combination of high temperatures (significantly above normal) and high humidity. At certain levels, the human body cannot maintain a proper internal temperature and may experience heat stroke.

Excessive Heat Outlook is a Climate Prediction Center (CPC) product that is a combination of temperature and humidity over a certain number of days. It is designed to provide an indication of areas of the country where people and animals may need to take precautions against the heat during May to November.

Excessive Heat Warning is issued within 12 hours of the onset of a heat index of at least 105ºF (40ºC) for more than 3 hours a day for 2 consecutive days or a heat index of more than 115ºF (46ºC) for any period of time.

Excessive Heat Watch is issued by the National Weather Service when heat indices in excess of 105ºF (40ºC) during the day combined with nighttime low temperatures of 80ºF (27ºC) or higher occur for two consecutive days.

Heat Advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of the following conditions: a heat index of at least 105ºF (40ºC) but less than 115ºF (46ºC) for less than 3 hours per day or nighttime lows above 80ºF (27ºC) for 2 consecutive days.

Heat Exhaustion is a mild form of heat stroke, characterized by faintness, dizziness, and heavy sweating.

Heat Index (HI) or the "Apparent Temperature" is an accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the Relative Humidity (RH) is added to the actual air temperature.

Dangers
Any time there are conditions of high temperature (over 90ºF) coupled with high relative humidity, causing a high heat index, the body has to work very hard to maintain its core temperature of 98.6º. A child's body temperature increases three to five times faster than an adult's body and children are not able to dissipate heat as effectively as adults.

Sweating is one way the body tries to cool itself, However, sweating only cools the body when the water is removed by evaporation. High relative humidity retards this process. Under these conditions, the heart is beating much faster to pump blood through dilated circulatory vessels. The sweat glands are pouring liquid -- including essential dissolved chemicals, such as sodium and chloride -- onto the surface of the skin.

Heat disorders generally have to do with a deduction or collapse of the body's ability to shed heat by circulatory exchanges and sweating or a chemical imbalance caused by too much sweating. When heat gain exceeds the level the body can remove heat, or when the body cannot compensate for fluids and salt lost through perspiration, the temperature of the body's inner core begins to rise and heat-related illness may develop.

Heat-Related Illness
There are three major types of heat related illness.

Heat Cramps are painful spasms usually occurring in muscles of the legs and sometimes in the abdomen. First aid for this situation is to apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water but discontinue water if nausea occurs.

The symptoms of Heat Exhaustion are heavy sweating, weakness, skin that is cold, pale, and clammy, weak pulse, vomiting, and fainting. First aid for heat exhaustion is to get the victim out of the sun immediately. Have the person lie down and loosen their clothing. apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air-conditioned room, if possible. Give sips of water but discontinue water if nausea occurs. If vomiting, seek medical attention.

The symptoms of Heat (or Sun) Stroke are hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Heat stroke is a SEVERE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Summon emergency medical assistance or get te victim to the hospital immediately. DELAY CAN BE FATAL. While waiting on medical help to arrive, move the victim to a cooler environment. Reduce the body temperature with cold bat or cold wet cloths. Remove clothing and use fans or air-conditioners. DO NOT GIVE FLUIDS.

Prevention
To prevent heat-related illnesses, follow these tips:

  • Outside activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest part of the day.
  • Dress for the hot weather. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Decrease foods that increase your metabolic heat production and increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids. A person can become dehydrated before they feel thirst. Exceptions to getting increased fluids are people with epilepsy, kidney or liver disease, on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with water retention.
  • Avoid sunburn. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation much more difficult.

Preventing Heat-stroke Related Injury or Death

On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. These deaths are preventable and everyone in the community, especially child care providers, have a role to play in protecting our children. 

Here are a few simple things you can do:

  • Get in touch with designated family members if a child who is regularly in your care does not arrive as expected.
  • Make it part of your everyday routine to account for all children in your care. Set up backup systems to check and double-check that no child is left in the vehicle. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running with the air conditioning on. Vehicles heat up quickly; if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes, even with a window rolled down 2 inches.
  • Always make a habit of looking in the vehicle—front and back—before locking the door and walking away.
  • Create reminders to ensure that no child is accidentally left behind in the vehicle. Place an item that is needed at your final destination in the back of the vehicle next to the child or place a stuffed animal in the driver’s view to indicate that a child is in the car seat.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you see a child alone in a hot vehicle. If he or she is in distress due to heat, get the child out as soon as possible and cool him or her down rapidly.

For additional information on heatstroke, visit the Safe Kids website.

Share this Information

As with any recommendation, the data collection and research is ongoing to provide information that is in the best interest of our children in out-of-home care. Feel free to share this information with families of children in your care.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (913) 477-8339 or (913) 477-8382.

 

 

Selecting Child Care

Resources to help parents and guardians find the right child care solution.

familySelecting Quality Child Care - free brochure on selecting a quality child care facility.

A Guide to Choosing the Right Child Care for You and Your Child - a Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Resource.

Child Care Providers Coalition of Kansas - CCPC is a state wide Family Child Care Organization dedicated to promoting quality child care and professionalism in Kansas.

Child Care Aware - This organization provides information and services for parents seeking child care, plus information on professional development opportunities for child care providers.

Daycare Connection - Daycare Connection is a resource and referral agency that offers parents help in finding child care. It also provides training and other resources for child care providers. This agency is a food program sponsor for home daycare providers.

Healthy Child Care America - Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Family Conservancy - The Family Conservancy offers parenting tips and a parenting class calendar. It also provides training and technical assistance for child care providers. This agency is a food program sponsor for home daycare providers.

Zero to Three - Educational resource for parents and providers for children aged zero to three years.

Guidelines for Choosing Quality Child Care

If you decide to go back to work or school and need to leave your child with someone other than a relative, give some time and thought in locating a child care provider. Talk to the individual and plan a visit to the home before taking your child there. See where the child will be playing, napping, eating, etc.

Important questions to ask/things to look for:

  • Is the provider licensed? Ask to see their license.
  • Is the overall environment safe for the child? Is it similar to the child's home setting?
  • Is there open communication? Is the provider asking questions of you and answering your questions?
  • Chat with the provider for a while. Does the provider seem interested in children or is he/she just interested in money?
  • Is the home/center relatively clean and are there proper eating, sleeping, and play space for your child?
  • What plans has the provider made for emergencies and is there a telephone in the home/center?
  • What kind of nutritional food/snacks are served and who will provide them?
  • Are medications, dangerous chemicals, household cleaning supplies, and sharp objects locked away, or if in a home, out of reach of children less than 10 years of age?
  • Is the outside play area safe, fenced, and free of hazards?
  • What is the charge and are you charged for days your child is absent?
  • Who (besides yourself) will be authorized to pick up your child?
  • Will an adult be with your child at all times?
  • Ask to see all areas of the home/center your child will have access to.

Senior Services

Outreach Nurse Home Visiting Program for Senior Adults

senior coupleSkilled Registered Nurses are available to visit with senior adults one-on-one in their home and provide physical and social assessments as well as education and counseling on senior needs. Visits are free for Johnson County residents who show proof of residency. No acute care services are provided. Call (913) 826-1241 or (913) 826-1232 to schedule a visit.

Services Provided

  • Physical/social assessments
  • Counseling on health conditions, home safety, community resources and caregiver support
  • Nurses monitor:
    • Health conditions such as COPD, diabetes and congestive heart failure
    • Client self-care
    • Medications
    • Nutrition
    • Safety

Outreach Nurse Home Visiting Program brochure

Blood Pressure Clinics

Monitoring and counseling clinics are available at various locations throughout the county.

Falls Awareness and Prevention Guide

Each year, one out of three Americans over age 65 falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors in the United States. Fortunately there are many things seniors can do to help prevent falls and maintain health and independence. Find them in this guide courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Vaccines for Senior Adults

Immunizations are not just for children. Senior adults may be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to age, job, lifestyle, travel or health conditions. This fact sheet provides information on vaccines for senior adults.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Tools for Better Health is a series of programs designed to empower Kansans to improve their health and quality of life. The program helps people with a variety of long-term health issues (arthritis, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and lung disease) learn the skills needed to self-manage their disease. Programs are managed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in partnership with state and national organizations. All programs are facilitated by trained and certified group leaders.

Chronic disease self-management workshops are interactive and facilitated by two trained, certified group leaders. You'll learn:

  1. Techniques to deal with frustration, pain and fatigue
  2. How to exercise safely
  3. Medications
  4. How to communicate more effectively with your family and medical team about your health
  5. Eating habits, and
  6. Making informed health care choices.

Each workshop is 6 weeks long and meets 2-1/2 hours each week. Workshops are offered in Johnson County, other cities in Kansas and throughout the Kansas City metro area.

Group Leaders Wanted! There are no prerequisites to be a group leader – only a passion for helping others. Workshop curriculum is scripted and contains helpful facilitation ideas. Contact KDHE to find out how easy it is to become a group leader.

Host a workshop! Organizations are needed to host chronic disease self-management workshops. Referrals from healthcare practitioners are welcome. Call 913-477-8437 or send an email to Alison.Wiley@jocogov.org if you can be a host location.

Preparing for Emergencies

The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. Get ready now: Emergency Preparedness Tips for Seniors

STD Testing

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Testing

Appointments are not necessary for Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) screening and treatment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Clinic Services by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses/Registered Nurses include:

Olathe Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - CLOSED
  • 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mission Clinic Hours

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - CLOSED

Resources

Paying for Services

$50 flat rate for STD screenings (additional charges may apply for other tests). Payment is required at the time of visit. No one is denied service due to inability to pay. Client accounts may be subject to collections if not paid.

JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. Many of the services JCDHE offers are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

JCDHE also accepts cash, check, credit or debit card as payment for clients who are without insurance or who carry other insurance plans.

Student Internships

students

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers unpaid student/clinical internships for a variety of disciplines. Internships are for students in an educational program where internships are required for graduation. Undergraduate and graduate level internships are available. A current signed agreement with the school is required for placement. Space is limited.

Internships have been accepted for the following disciplines: Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Registered Dietitian, Social Worker, Environmental Studies, Community Health Educator, and Health Informatics. Nurse Practitioner clinicals are limited to Women’s Health rotation only.

Internships are not limited to the above listed disciplines. Priority is given to Kansas schools and Johnson County citizens. We have signed internship agreements with many state schools and universities, including those in the Kansas City metro area.

To apply for internship placement, complete the request form below and email it to Student Intern Coordinator or call 913-477-8337. Instructions on how to complete the form can be found here.

  • If you're a student, complete this form.
  • If you're an instructor, complete this form.

If students would like to schedule an informational interview to learn more about the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, complete this form and email it to the Student Intern Coordinator or call 913-477-8337. Instructions on how to complete the form can be found here. Interviews with department staff can be arranged for students.

Click FAQ to learn more information about the health department and Johnson County's Community Health Assessment.

Take on Ten Program

Take on Ten...Baby Steps to Becoming Baby Friendly

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment received funding from the Office of Women's Health and John Snow, Inc. to approach five of the delivering hospitals in Johnson County to encourage them to become "Baby Friendly." The project is called Take on Ten. Amy Gerend, an internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and project manager, will be meeting with contacts in each of the five hospitals and talking with them about what it takes to become a Baby Friendly hospital and provide them with resources to guide them through the process.

The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to help promote breastfeeding in the hospital setting and serve as a resource for mothers to get knowledgeable breastfeeding support. As part of the initiative there are steps that need to be met in order for a hospital to become certified as "Baby Friendly."

Steps to Become Certified as "Baby Friendly"

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in -- allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.

For more information on the project or to have Amy come to your hospital please contact Laura Drake, Johnson County WIC Program Manager, at 913-826-1250 or Laura.Drake@jocogov.org.

Funding for this project was made possible in part by the HHS, Office of Women's Health.

Helpful Links

Targeted Case Management for Adolescents

Empowering Futures:Targeted Case Management for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents

Offered by Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, this program provides free case management for pregnant and parenting adolescents under the age of 21. A case manager will help with setting and reaching goals in several life areas, including:

  • Daily Living Situations
  • Education and Training
  • Employment
  • Finance
  • Key Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Health
  • Empowerment

To qualify for enrollment in Empowering Futures: Targeted Case Management you must be:

  • Under the age of 21
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Enrolled in Medicaid

Prenatal Care

Regular health care will help you stay healthy during your pregnancy and help your baby grow healthy and strong. Your case manager will help you find affordable care.

Goal Management

Are you hoping to finish high school? Go to college? Find a job? Your case manager will help you determine what you want to accomplish, and assist in working towards your goals.

Parenting Skills

Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, but you can learn to be a great parent. Your case manager can provide resources and information on how to take care of your new baby.

Support

Your baby may be the only thing you can think about right now. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, as well as your baby. Your case manager can provide support and resources for all areas of your life.

For more information, call: (913) 477-8367 or (913) 477-8440

Transportation is available as needed. All participants will also receive assistance with appointment scheduling and completion of paperwork. Participants also have the opportunity to receive rewards as targeted goals are achieved.

Travel Immunizations

If you are planning to visit another country, we can provide the necessary vaccinations. If you are unsure of what immunizations are required for your intended destination, visit the CDC travel website to find out.

What to Bring with You

  • Your or your child's immunization record
  • Insurance card

Immunization Clinic Hours (Olathe & Mission)

The Mission immunization clinic is closed daily from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; the Olathe clinic remains open.

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday (Olathe) - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED
  • 2nd and 4th Friday (Olathe) - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED

Travel Immunizations Offered and Vaccine Prices

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Hepatitis A – Adult/ Pediatric (age 18 & under)
  • Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Meningitis: Menomune/Menactra, Trumenba
  • Polio
  • TB Test
  • Tetanus diphtheria/Tdap
  • Typhoid Vi
  • Prescription for Oral Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever (Call for availability. Individuals age 60 and older must bring in a signed, written statement from a health care provider stating that the individual is in good health and has no contraindications to receiving the Yellow Fever vaccine.)

Immunization Consent Form

A written consent form is required for all immunizations. A parent or guardian must provide a written consent form for children under 18. Please bring child's current immunization record to the visit.

JCDHE is a KanCare provider for all managed care organizations: Amerigroup, Sunflower and United Community. JCDHE also accepts private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare. We do not take insurance from Coventry Advantra or Humana Gold Plus. Many of the services JCDHE offers are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services.

JCDHE also accepts cash, check, credit or debit card as payment for clients who are without insurance or who carry other insurance plans.

Payment is required at the time of visit. Price is subject to change based on cost of vaccine. If you need a copy of your immunization record, call 913-826-1200 or send an email to MedicalRecords-DHE@jocogov.org.

Other Resources

Tuberculosis Testing

There are two tests that can be used to help detect TB infection: a skin test or a blood test. TB Testing is available on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed for initial testing. The results of the TB blood test are NOT affected by a past history of receiving BCG.

Before TB testing, notify your health care worker if you have ever had a “positive” reaction to a TB skin test or if you have been treated with TB drugs in the past.

State law requires that cases of TB be reported to the local or state health department. Disease Reportable by Kansas Law - (K.S.A. 65-118, 65-128, 65-6001 through 65-6007, K.A.R. 28-1/2, 28-1-18).

Tuberculosis Information (Kansas Department of Health and Environment)

TB Reporting Form

Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) - $26.00 per test

Olathe

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday (NO TESTING, READINGS ONLY) - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mission (Closed daily from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Tests administered on Wednesday must be read in Olathe on Friday.)

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday (NO TESTING, READINGS ONLY) - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday - CLOSED

TB Blood Test (T-Spot) - $147 per test 

TB blood tests are available during walk-in clinic hours. The results of the TB blood test are NOT affected by a past history of receiving BCG.

  • Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday (Olathe) - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Mission - CLOSED

Tuberculosis Facts

  • The only way to contract the disease is by close contact (several hours a day) with someone who has the disease. It cannot be spread by contact with someone's clothing, drinking glass, eating utensils, handshake, toilet or other surfaces.
  • TB germs can live in the body without making a person sick. This is called latent TB infection. This means the TB germs are inactive (sleeping). The inactive germs cannot be passed to anyone else.
  • TB disease causes illness when TB germs are active (multiplying in the body). These germs usually attack the lungs. They can also attack other parts of the body, such as, the kidney, brain, or spine.
  • Symptoms of TB can include a cough of longer than three weeks, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, chills, fever and coughing up blood.
  • If you have been around someone who has TB disease, go to your doctor or your local health department for testing.
  • To diagnose TB disease, other tests such as chest x-ray and a sample of sputum (phlegm that is coughed up from deep in the lungs) may be needed.
  • TB Fact Sheet / La tuberculosis: Información general
  • TB Q&A for Patients
  • TB Infection Control for Health Care Providers
  • Questions and Answers - TB Infection Cases at Olathe Northwest High School

Walk-In Fees

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is not a primary care provider. If you need medical treatment, please call your health care provider or the Health Partnership Clinic at 913-648-2266. If you need a copy of your medical records, please complete the Release of Information Authorization (English) or Autorización de Divulgación de Información (Español) form and return to us. If you need a copy of your immunization records, call 913-826-1200 or send an email to MedicalRecords-DHE@jocogov.org.

We accept private insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Cigna, Coventry and UnitedHealthcare. 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. Many of the services we provide are covered by insurance; check your health benefit plan to confirm coverage for payment of services. Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those who are without insurance or who carry other insurance plans. Payment is required at the time of visit. Prices are subject to change based on cost of vaccine.

Immunizations:

  • Chicken Pox (Varicella), $127
  • DTaP - Pediatric, $39
  • Hepatitis A - Adult/Pediatric (age 18 & under), $85/$56 (per shot, 2 shot series)
  • Hepatitis B - Adult/Pediatric (age 19 & under), $66/$56 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • Hib, $43
  • HPV (Gardasil) 4, $166 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • HPV (Gardasil) 9, $197 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
  • Kinrix, $61
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella, $80
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella/Varicella (ProQuad), $197
  • Meningitis: Menomune/Menactra, $136
  • Meningitis B: Trumenba, $150 (per shot, 3 shot series)
  • Pediarix, $77
  • Pneumo 13 (Prevnar 13), $178
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumovax 23), $99
  • Polio, $50
  • Rotavirus, $119
  • Shingles (Zostavax, age 60+), $217
  • Tdap/Tetanus diphtheria, $63/$44
  • Typhoid Vi, $101
  • Prescription for Oral Typhoid, $10
  • Yellow Fever, $160

Tuberculin Skin Test (TST):

$26 per test

TB Blood Test (T-Spot):

$147 per test

Employment/College Physical (Adult):

$60 per physical

Immigration RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin):

$30 per test

STD walk-in clinic fees:

$50 flat rate for STD screenings (additional charges may apply for other tests). 

Payment is required at the time of visit. No one is denied service due to inability to pay. Fees for office visits and lab services and supplies are based on family size and income (major insurers may pay all or part of the cost). Some services are available regardless of ability to pay. Check with staff when you make your appointment for additional details. Partial payment may be made.

Accepted payment includes cash, check, or major credit card. Client accounts may be subject to collections if not paid.

Walk-In Services

Nurse shaking man's handHealth clinics have varying hours of operation; hours are listed in the specific program sections.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is not a primary care provider. If you need medical treatment, please call your health care provider or the Health Partnership Clinic at 913-648-2266.

If you need a copy of your medical records, please complete the Release of Information Authorization (English) or Autorización de Divulgación de Información (Español) form and return to us. If you need a copy of your immunization records, call 913-826-1200 or send an email to MedicalRecords-DHE@jocogov.org.

Walk-In Services Offered

  • Employment/Higher Education Physicals
  • HIV Information and Testing
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy Testing/Family Planning
  • STD Testing
  • Tuberculosis Testing

WIC Appointments

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment administers WIC as a Program of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Olathe WIC Office Hours:

  • Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mission WIC Office Hours:

  • Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible on the basis of income, applicants' gross income (i.e. before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.

For information or an appointment, call the WIC desk at:

Mission
(913) 826-1302
6000 Lamar Ave., Suite 140
Mission, KS 66202

Olathe
(913) 477-8330
11875 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 300
Olathe, KS 66061

Due to our large client caseload, if you are late for your WIC appointment (over 5 min), AND/OR, do not have the DIET QUESTIONNAIRE(S) completed, you may be RESCHEDULED. Additionally, please bring all proofs of ID stated on appointment notice. The following is a list of accepted proof of identification:

  • Caregiver Proof of ID: State issued photo ID or driver’s license, school photo ID, birth certificate, KS Medicaid card or passport. WIC can not accept Social Security Cards as proof of ID.
  • Client Proof of ID (for child): Shot/immunization records, birth confirmation/certificate, state issued ID card, KS Medicaid card, or passport. WIC can not accept Social Security Cards as proof of ID.
  • Proof of Residence: Mailed letter in postmarked envelope, utility bill, lease/rental agreement, bank statement, or rent receipts. Proof of Residence must be within 30 days.
  • Proof of Household Income: Paycheck stubs from all jobs held in the home, signed/dated employer affidavit, DCF benefit letter, unemployment (check stub or see below for instructions), child support documentation, or active KanCare title XIX card. Tax Returns ONLY if self-employed.  Household Income must include 30 days of income (all income received in the past 30 days for all members of your household.

UNEMPLOYMENT

If you are currently receiving unemployment, there are three ways to prove your income:

  1. www.uibenefits.dol.kd.gov:  Print out a report of your last 3 payments (with established account and pin)
  2. www.prepaid.citi.com/Kansas: Print out report from Citibank’s website (with established account and pin)
  3. If you receive payment through direct deposit, bring in your recent bank statement.​ 

If you are missing any of the proofs of ID mentioned above, you will receive 1 month of checks (unless previously on a 30 day Temporary Certification) and will have to return within 30 days of certification with the missing proof(s) of ID.

WIC Community Garden

Johnson County Government is committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in the community. We strive to achieve this goal through administering a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and the WIC Community Garden. The WIC Community Garden educates, empowers and feeds the clients in the Kansas WIC program, thereby creating a healthier community. Click here to view a video about the community garden.

This project is in need of community volunteers. Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer in the WIC Community Garden fill out the form below. 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.

WIC Program

WIC Kansas LogoWIC (Women, Infants and Children)

WIC is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that provides services to Kansas families who qualify.

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms, and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition information and support
  • Checks to buy healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for services that can benefit the whole family

WIC also offers immunization screening and referral, breastfeeding support, and nutrition and health classes on a variety of topics including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, shopping on a budget and more.

Check your eligiblity for WIC

Find a WIC office near you

We encourage you to take advantage of all that WIC offers:

  • WIC Consultations - Find appointment hours, locations and eligibility guidelines.
     
  • Food Packages - To prevent or correct nutrition-related health problems caused by poor nutrition, the WIC program: provides nutritious food vouchers to supplement participants' diets, provides nutrition education to increase the participants' understanding of nutrition, and encourages regular healthcare and making appropriate referrals.
     
  • BreastfeedingBreastfeeding is convenient, saves in infant feeding costs, and provides your baby will all the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. Breastfeeding - best for mothers - best for children. If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding, call the Olathe WIC office at (913) 477-8330 or the Mission WIC office at (913) 826-1302 and ask to speak to a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.
     
  • Take on Ten - This program encourages area hospitals to become "baby friendly" and and provide them with resources to guide them through the process. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF to help promote breastfeeding in the hospital setting and serve as a resource for mothers to get knowledgeable breastfeeding support.
     
  • Food Guide Information - Have you ever wondered what's in a serving?
     
  • WIC Community Garden - The WIC Community Garden will educate, empower and feed the clients in the Kansas WIC program.

WIC Works

Extensive research shows that particpating in WIC leads to healthier babies, more nutritious diets and better health for children and higher academic achievement for students. Download these facts sheets to learn how WIC works:

WIC Supports More Nutritious Diets

WIC Improves Availability of Nutritious Food

WIC Helps Mothers Give Birth to Healthier Infants and Reduces Infant Mortality

WIC Promotes Immunization and Improves Access to Health Care

WIC Promotes Breastfeeding

WIC Improves Children's Educational Prospects

 

WIC Shopper App for Mobile Devices

WIC Shopper App LogoThe WICShopper app makes grocery shopping simple and easy. Scan food items to verify if they are WIC-eligible, view recipes and get nutrition education right on your mobile device for free.

Download from Apple iTunes for iOS devices

Download from the Google Play Store for Android devices

 

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation

Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation LogoThe Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has created this designation that can be earned by medical providers in Kansas who offer breastfeeding support and encouragement to mothers and babies. 

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Let's Get Growing Class

 

Let's Get Growing! is an interactive parent/child sexuality education program. This class is offered in a one-day format for parents and children ages 9 to 12. This is a 2.5-hour class will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on male and female anatomy, puberty, hygiene, nutrition, self-esteem and social development. There will be a brief intermission before starting the second part of class, which will focus specifically on reproduction and conception. Discussion will be centered around how the male and female reproductive system work together to make a baby and sexual intercourse will be defined. Parents and children may choose to stay for one or both parts of class! This program helps encourage communication within the family about growing up in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Boys and girls are taught seperately. This is a FREE class with a meal included!

For more information, please email us or call Darianne Hicks at 913-477-8124.

If you have a group of five or more and would like to attend the Let's Get Growing program contact Darianne Hicks to arrange a class!

Class is subject to cancellation if class size requirement of FIVE students is not met.

Class Information
Parent Information

Note: You must submit a legitimate email address to receive a submittal notification to your email account.

Student Information
Second Student Information
Third Student Information

If there are more than 3 children attending, please submit this form a second time with that additional information.

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