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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

Sensory Time @ the JoCo Museum - 8/4

KidScapeSensory Time at the Museum 
 Every First and Third Thursday!
 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
 Fee: FREE!
 Registration: Call (913) 715-2575 to register. Maximum of 20 children

The Museum’s KidScape exhibit can be a loud experience for children with sensory integration and processing needs.  Sensory Time at the Museum is an opportunity for these children and their families visit before the museum opens to the public! Kids can pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities such as: tactile fun and lacing in the Boutique, fishing and golfing in the Park, playing with echo microphones and practicing self-dressing skills with the costumes in the Theater, counting packages, carrying the heavy mail bag and delivering mail at the Post Office, cuddling and enjoying some quiet time as you read books in the Bookstore and exploring the interactive areas within the Museum’s signature exhibit Seeking the Good Life with fun seek-and-find-activity!

Zika Virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is alerting the public of the potential to contract Zika virus while traveling abroad. Although sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is possible, mosquito bites remain the primary way that Zika virus is transmitted. Because there currently is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus, the best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites. While illness is usually mild, and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, Zika virus infection in pregnant women can cause severe birth defects of the brain, including microcephalyPregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika virus.

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes) lasting from several days to a week. If you are experiencing Zika virus symptoms and have traveled to/lived in an area with Zika within the past 2 weeks, contact your healthcare provider immediately so you can be tested for Zika virus. Tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled.

Kansas physicians and laboratories should be aware of the diagnostic testing guidance for Zika virus. Additional guidance for healthcare providers is available here. Call the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 1-877-427-7317 to report persons with suspected Zika virus infection or to request Zika virus testing. Zika virus testing is now available at the state laboratory and commercial laboratories

Zika Virus in Pregnancy

Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly (meaning small head and brain) and other severe brain defects in babies of mothers who are infected with Zika virus while pregnant. This means that a woman who is infected with Zika during pregnancy has an increased risk of having a baby with these health problems. Therefore, pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika virus.

Men with a pregnant sex partner who have traveled to or lived in an area of active Zika virus transmission should consistently and correctly use condoms during sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) or abstain from sexual activity for the duration of the pregnancy to avoid giving the virus to the mother and baby.

If you are pregnant and had exposure to Zika virus in the last 2-12 weeks either from travel to a place with ongoing Zika virus transmission or unprotected sex with someone who has traveled to or lived in a place with ongoing Zika virus transmission, contact your healthcare provider immediately so you can be tested for Zika virus. Tell your healthcare provider when and where you and/or your sex partner traveled/lived.

Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. Until more is known, CDC is recommending when traveling to countries where Zika virus has been reported, travelers should take steps to prevent mosquito bites. All travelers, including pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding, can and should use an EPA-registered insect repellent and use it according to the product label.

Some travelers to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might not have any symptoms. Travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites and stop the spread of Zika.

Zika virus can be spread by an infected man to his sex partners. Men with a pregnant sex partner who reside in or have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission should consistently and correctly use condoms during sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) or abstain from sexual activity for the duration of the pregnancy to avoid giving the virus to the mother and baby. Men and their nonpregnant sex partners may want to consider the following recommendations from the CDC. Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy, should talk to their healthcare providers about their travel plans, the risk of Zika virus infection and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

Local residents can protect themselves from Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases (West Nile, Chikungunya, Dengue) by wearing an EPA-registered insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when working or playing outdoors. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use air conditioning, if you have it. Empty standing water from flower pots, buckets, gutters/downspouts, small pools and pool covers, pet dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths on a regular basis to reduce the number of mosquitoes around the home. Tightly cover water storage containers so that mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.

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.

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August 23, 2016 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

September 5, 2016 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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ASIST Training

September 27, 2016 | 5:30 pm

JCDS Governing Board Meeting

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