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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Vision: The Innovative Leader for Community Health and Environmental Protection.
Mission: To Protect the Health and Environment, Prevent Disease and Promote Wellness for All who Live, Work and Play in Johnson County through Exceptional Public Service.

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Norovirus investigation at New Theater Restaurant
February 5, 2016

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) to investigate an outbreak of norovirus among individuals who attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park beginning on Friday, Jan. 15 to the present date.

In order to determine the extent and cause of the outbreak, KDHE is conducting a secure, confidential online survey among all persons who have attended performances at the New Theatre Restaurant since Jan. 15, including those who became ill and those who did not become ill. The online survey is available at http://tinyurl.com/newtheatre2016. Personal information provided to KDHE will be held confidential, and this information is protected by state law. Persons who have already participated in a telephone interview do NOT need to complete an online survey. If you have questions or concerns regarding the outbreak, call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 877-427-7317.

Norovirus is very contagious. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. A person develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed and most people get better within one to three days. The best way to prevent norovirus is proper handwashing.

Norovirus causes an estimated 19 to 21 million persons to become ill each year, and is more common in the winter months. Norovirus is spread from person to person, by touching contaminated surfaces or infected people, or through contaminated food or water. It is NOT spread through the air by coughing, sneezing or talking. Persons who are ill with norovirus symptoms should not prepare food or care for other persons. 

Clinical Services Closed Tonight
January 19, 2016

JCDHE will close tonight at 5 p.m. due to inclement weather. Clinical services at the Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset) and Mission location (6000 Lamar) will not be available this evening.

Shigella cases in Johnson County
December 23, 2015

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) confirms 10 cases of Shigella in the county. This time last year only one case was reported. JCDHE is asking health care providers to review the following testing requirements and school/child care exclusions:

Child care/preschool children must have 2 negative stool cultures 24 hours apart in order to return to preschool or a child care facility. Samples should be collected 48 hours after stopping antibiotics. JCDHE can provide the specimen containers and send them to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Laboratories for testing, but faster results can be obtained if testing is done at the heath care provider's facility.

If the child attends preschool or a child care facility in Missouri, only 1 negative stool speciment is required.

School-age children can return to school once they are diarrhea,vomit and/or fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. No stool culture is required.

Additional information about Shigella, symptoms, treatment and how to prevent it can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/shigella/index.html



Go Green this Holiday Season- Recycle your lights & more
December 9, 2015

This holiday season there are several ways that you and your family can go green. Whether it is purchasing a native Cedar Christmas tree or recycling your broken holiday lights; programs around Johnson County and Kansas City offer the opportunity to green your holidays.

Recycle your holiday lights: Southwest Enterprises will be collecting your old holiday lights at participating locations from November 14th through January 16th. They will be accepting any Christmas tree lights, shatterproof plastic bulb ornatments, tree toppers, and Christmas tree bags. They also accept donations. For more information.

Get a native Cedar Christmas tree. Join Bridging The Gap, KC WildLands, and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District on Saturday December 12th from 10am-3pm at Mildale Farm, located at 35250 W. 199th St. Edgerton, KS 66021. This event offers the public an opporutinty to remove invasive red cedars and take them home to decorate for the holidays, plus they smell great!! 

Health insurance enrollment event takes place Dec. 7 in Olathe
December 4, 2015

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is hosting a health insurance enrollment event to assist Kansans in enrolling in health care plans.

The event will be held Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, Room 1055. The Health Partnership Clinic and El Centro are co-sponsoring this event.

Certified HealthCare.gov navigators will be available to help individuals and families renew their existing coverage or find plans that meet their health and financial needs.

In order to enroll, individuals must bring the following items:

  • An active email address and password
  • Birth dates and social security numbers for everyone in household
  • 2016 projected income
  • Tax information (W-2, 2014 tax return, pay stubs, self-employment records)
  • Immigration documents
  • Any info about employer offered coverage

If you have any questions, please call 913-826-1239 or 913-826-1974 to speak to a health navigator.

JCDHE wins Local Health Department of the Year
November 10, 2015

Out of the 105 local health departments in Kansas, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has earned the prestigious title of “Local Health Department of the Year” from the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD). This award recognizes health departments that have made a significant contribution to the public health system at the local level. Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert and JCDHE Director Lougene Marsh accepted the award at the KALHD annual awards luncheon in Wichita, Kan. on Nov. 4. More information is available in our news release.

Immunization Clinics Closed Nov. 13, 2015
November 6, 2015

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Immunization Clinics in Olathe and Mission will be closed on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Other walk-in services, family planning and prenatal appointments will still be available. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

It's time to get covered!
November 2, 2015

Millions of Americans count on HealthCare.gov for quality and affordable health coverage. If you or someone you care about needs health insurance, you should know that Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage runs from Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016. Eight out of 10 people who enrolled in health coverage through HealthCare.gov qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. In fact, most people can find health insurance plans available for $75 or less per month. Learn about options available in your area by visiting HealthCare.gov or call us at 913-826-1200 and ask to speak with a Patient Navigator.

Recycle Your Lawn this Fall
October 28, 2015

Recycle your lawn this fall with Johnson County Health and Environment. Not only do grass clippings and leaves help retain moisture, they also return much needed nutrients back into the soil. Research recommends that you mulch your leaves and grrass clippings using a mulching mower. By "grass-cycling" properly your lawn will look great and you can save money on fertilizing. For more information on how you can recycle your lawn by mulch mowing or composting check out our Yard Waste & Composting Page.

Johnson County Launches New HHW On-Line Scheduling Application
October 6, 2015

Johnson County has redesigned the HHW on-line scheduling application!  Some new features:

  • available dates displayed in a calendar format
  • schedule e-waste appointments on-line
  • modify or cancel previously scheduled appointments 

If you are a Johnson County resident and have household hazardous waste or unwanted paint to dropoff at Johnson County's Hazardous Material Collection Facility, we encourage you to use the new on-line scheduler.  Go to Schedule a Dropoff to start NOW! 

This on-line application is for residents only.  Businesses, including schools and churches, are invited to use our business waste program.



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