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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

Pop 'n Play @ the JoCo Museum - 12/2

HankPnPTime: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Details: Join us for activities designed especially for your 9 month-3 year olds.

Fee: $1 per child, members FREE. Drop-in program, registration not required. Maximum of three children per adult. Children must be supervised at all times. 

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. 

Better Together Concert Benefits Local Food Pantries

Better Together Food Drive & Concert 

Better Together is a committee compiled of six churches of different denominations in the Shawnee Mission area that come together to perform services for those in need in our community.
Annually the collaborative effort produces the  "Better Together Concert" held each fall, in which musical ministries from the participating denominations gather to perform a musical benefit concert.  There is no admission charged for the concert, but a free-will offering of a small bag of groceries or hygiene products is requested to benefit one of the local food pantries in the area. Johnson County Multi-Services Centers are the beneficiaries of the concert. 

Enjoy an evening of music by a children's choir, a praise band, a bell choir, individual choirs, and a series of dramatic readings. 

WHEN: Friday November 6th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 W. 92nd St, Lenexa, KS 66215

All community members are invited to attend. 

For more information about this event, please visit here.

For additional information about the Multi-Service Centers and how you can host a food drive to help the community, please contact Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager at 913.715.8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org 


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:


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



Cooling Center Locations in Johnson County

Government offices and local businesses in Johnson County, Kansas will serve as cooling centers when extremely high temperatures and humidity affect the metro area or when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory or Warning that includes Johnson County. Cooling centers may also be open when ordered by local fire officials. Citizens who need a place to rest and restore on hot days may visit these locations. Hours of operation vary.

Pet owners urged to vaccinate pets for rabies

Bats are frequent guests this time of year in Johnson County homes and backyards as young bats born in the spring leave their nests and seek shelter in trees and houses. When this happens, bat bites increase, especially in the pet population. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) urges residents to vaccinate their pets for rabies and not to touch bats – living or dead -- with bare hands.

“Vaccination is the best way to protect your pets from rabies. Unvaccinated animals exposed to rabies are at risk for a deadly infection and may have to spend months in quarantine,” says Lougene Marsh, director of the department.

Bats play an important role in helping to keep the mosquito population under control, but can be tempting to pets that find a young, injured or dead bat outdoors or in a home. If your pet comes into contact with a bat (living or dead), call a pest company or your local animal control office (if your city offers bat removal service) to have the bat removed and tested for rabies. Then call a veterinarian to find out if your pet needs post-exposure treatment.

If a bat (living or dead) is found inside your home, and contact with it is unknown, it is still necessary to call a pest company or animal control to have it removed and tested. Bat bites can be difficult to detect on humans and pets. Call your healthcare provider or JCDHE and your veterinarian to discuss the need for rabies post-exposure prophylaxis, even if the bat is not suitable for testing.

If you find a dead bat outside, and no people or pets have come into contact with it, wear gloves and dispose of it in a plastic bag in the trash.

More information about rabies exposure and animal bites can be found here or call JCDHE at 913-826-1303. Click here for a list of Animal Control Offices in Johnson County.

Common bats found in Kansas: http://www.wildlife.k-state.edu/species/bats/index.html

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December 3, 2015 | 9:00 am

Sensory Time at the Johnson County Museum

December 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

Sensory Time at the Johnson County Museum

December 25, 2015 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2015)

January 1, 2016 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed on New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2016)

January 18, 2016 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 18, 2016)