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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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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.

Tell Us About Your Health: Your Opinion Matters!
October 9, 2015

What makes a community healthy? This important question is what JCDHE wants to answer. Every three years, JCDHE and their community partners conduct a community health assessment to understand the needs of the county's residents. In October 2015, JCDHE and the nonprofit hospitals in Johnson County are partnering to complete the next community health assessment.

How can you help? Participate in our assessment by answering the survey questions and give us your opinion! Volunteers will conduct 616 in-person, houshold interviews of residents around Johnson County. You'll know they are JCDHE volunteers becasue they come in pairs, wear blue t-shirts, and display name tags that indicate they are part of the community health assessment team.

The household addresses have been randomly pre-selected to make sure our survey reaches a variety of neighborhoods and populations. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes. The information we collect will not include your name or address.

If volunteers knock on your door, open it and take our survey! Your opinion really matters and can help bring positive changes to our county.

Volunteers may be in your neighborrhood on the following dates:

  • October 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • October 8th, 9th and 10th
  • October 15th, 16th and 17th
  • October 22nd, 23rd and 24th

Thank you for your help!

Seasonal flu shots now available in Olathe and Mission clinics
October 6, 2015

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has seasonal flu vaccine available for adults and children over the age of 6 months at the immunization walk-in clinics in Olathe and Mission. The cost is $30 for a seasonal flu shot, $40 for the nasal vaccine and $50 for the high dose flu shot for those age 65 and older. Complete form online BEFORE arriving at the clinic, print it and bring it with you.

We accept private insurance from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare and Coventry. 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. Cash, check or credit card payment is also accepted for those who are uninsured or who carry other insurance plans.

Clinics Close at 12 noon on Sept. 18th
September 8, 2015

The JCDHE Family Planning and Walk-In clinics will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 18, 2015 at both the Olathe (11875 S. Sunset) and Mission (6000 Lamar) locations for staff training. The Immunizations clinic will remain open at both locations that day.

Community Health Assessment Info and Sign Up
August 27, 2015

In October, JCDHE is conducting a community health needs assessment. Click here for information and to sign up to assist in surveying Johnson County residents about the health of our community.

Cryptosporidiosis reported in Johnson County
August 20, 2015

Three cases of Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto), a disease caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium parvum, were reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) this week. The department is working closely with pool operators in Overland Park and Shawnee for cautionary measures to close and/or treat those known swimming pools with which infected individuals had contact.

The Overland Park affected swimming pool is privately owned and managed by a homes’ association. The City of Overland Park has posted notice that the pool is closed.

The City of Shawnee has taken proactive steps in order to protect swimmers at pools that are owned and operated by the City. This includes performing a shock treatment to the pool which completely clears any potential danger from the water. JCDHE is working with the pool operator on the treatment of the affected privately owned homes’ association pool.

JCDHE has determined that there is no public health risk at Shawnee's city pools and that they are safe for the public to continue to visit and swim in.

“At this time, we have three confirmed cases and are tracking a few more possible cases in the community,” said Lougene Marsh, JCDHE director. “We encourage everyone to wash their hands frequently and ensure their children take frequent breaks from the pool to prevent accidents.” 

Symptoms of Crypto include:

  •  Severe, watery diarrhea
  •  Abdominal cramps
  •  Fever
  •  Nausea and vomiting  

Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of infected persons or animals, consumption of contaminated food or water, and by person-to-person or animal-to-animal contact.

  • Symptoms usually develop 2 to 10 days after exposure and may last from 1 to 2 weeks. 
  • Cryptosporidium can still be spread for two weeks after symptoms have subsided.
  • Persons with diarrhea should not swim for 2 weeks after symptoms stop. Crypto is chlorine-resistant and can live for days in chlorine treated water. 

The most important prevention measure is careful hand washing with soap and warm running water. Alcohol-based hand gels and sanitizers do not kill Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”) so they do not help stop the spread of Crypto. Avoid swallowing pool water, change diapers often and in a restroom and make time for frequent restroom breaks for children to prevent the spread of illness.

If a member of your household develops any of these symptoms or you have questions, contact your healthcare provider or visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/rwi/illnesses/cryptosporidium.html


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November 2, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

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November 9, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

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November 9, 2016 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting

November 11, 2016 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed on Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2016)

November 16, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

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