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Public health is one of the most important services we provide the residents of Johnson County Government. Every day, in many ways, we strive to prevent disease and promote wellness. Our Olathe and Mission walk-in clinics offer services including immunizations, pregnancy testing and family planning, and Tuberculosis testing. The Johnson County Mental Health Center provides a wide range of mental health and substance abuse services to residents. We serve clients of the Kansas WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, teach classes for child care providers, manage disease investigation and reporting, and so much more.

Health News

JCDS Emerging Artists program coordinator wins award

Congratulations to JCDS employee Cary Odell for being named Kansas’ 2016 Direct Support Professional of the Year by the  American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). DSPs are integral in supporting people with disabilities to participate in their communities and lead full and independent lives.

“We at JCDS are proud of Cary. The award shows the dedication Cary has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by JCDS,” said Chad VonAhnen, JCDS executive director.

Cary coordinates the JCDS Emerging Artists Program. More information about that program is available online and on Facebook.

 

JoCo experts weigh in on Zika virus

So far, Kansas has only one person (in the southwest part of the state) who tested positive for Zika virus after traveling. However, experts here in Johnson County and throughout the metro area are "bracing for bites" from mosquitos, as reported in The Kansas City Star on Sunday. Nancy Tausz, director of the Johnson County Health Services Division and Rick Miller, a Johnson County Kansas State University agricultural extension agent, both contributed to the article. In case you missed it, it's available online at this link. More information and resources about the Zika virus are available on our Department of Health & Environment's web page.

Spring kickoff at the WIC garden

The weather is forecasted to warm up by Tuesday, March 22 when the WIC garden springs to life for another growing season. The public is invited to volunteer at the kickoff event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. when county staff will plant potatoes, onions, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and more!

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.

The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe (north side of the Health Services Building). Tools and gloves are provided.

If you enjoy gardening, want to learn how to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetable and you like to help people in the community, we hope to see you there on March 22. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 a.m. during the growing season (April-October).

If you have questions, contact Julie Davis at 913-715-6938 or Julie.davis@jocogov.org. Click here for more information.

Health insurance enrollment event takes place Dec. 7 in Olathe

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

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

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. 

Seasonal flu shots now available in Olathe and Mission clinics

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.

2015 Feed the Need results

Johnson County Government's 2015 Feed the Need campaign raised more than 314,000 pounds of food plus an additional nearly $77,000. This efforts supports 10 Johnson County food pantries. Please read more in our news release. We photos from today's check presentations available on our Facebook page.

We also invite you to view this video of today's event where employee Larry Sallaz spoke about his former colleague, Rick Beckwith, who was a champion for this cause and passed away in 2004.

Cryptosporidiosis reported in Johnson County

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

Time to start thinking about back-to-school immunizations

If you're trying to get your children ready to go back to school, doctors visits and immunizations might be on your list. Here's some information on immunizations offered by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment:

http://www.jocogov.org/dept/health-and-environment/health/immunizations/children

Here's 2015-16 school and child care immunization information from teh Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/schoolInfo.htm

 

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