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Johnson County receives recognition for infant safe sleep practices


The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s prenatal program recently received bronze-level Safe Sleep Star Certification from the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS (KIDS) Network. Johnson County is one of the first health departments in the state to receive this safety designation. In order to receive the bronze-level designation, an agency must provide annual safe sleep training to staff, create a safe sleep policy and make available take-home materials for the public regarding safe sleep practices for infants.

Sheriff's Office supports WIC clients with diaper drive

On Feb. 4 and 5, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officers Paul Nonnast and Rick Howell delivered 30 boxes of diapers to the Olathe and Mission WIC offices as part of a special diaper drive initiated by the Sheriff’s Office.

New Lenexa City Center Library opening in June

Lenexa City Center Library rendering

The new Lenexa City Center Library will open its doors to the public with a grand opening event from 1  to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

During the ribbon cutting, public officials will address attendees, and Emerita Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, will recite a work commissioned for the occasion.

Johnson County reporting flu cases, not too late for flu shot

woman sick in bed

Influenza A is hitting Johnson County residents hard this flu season, much like the rest of Kansas. As of today, Feb. 15, 1,743 cases of influenza have been voluntarily reported to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), with 85 percent attributed to Flu A. The number of cases is still substantially lower than this time last year, when close to 5,000 cases had been reported.

Public Works staff member recognized for increasing efficiency

Jeremey Biles was recognized Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Board of County Commissioners meeting. The Public Works maintenance worker received a Leadership in Action Award after identifing a lack of efficiency in a shoulder-rocking process. He did some research and recommended a piece of equipment that has now quadrupled his team's productivity. Learn more about Biles' efforts to demonstrate the county's Pillars of Performance

Road closure at JoCo's Sunset campus, Feb. 18-22, detour available

detour map

As progress is made on the construction of the Medical Examiner Facility, on the Johnson County Sunset Drive campus, in Olathe, a road closure is necessary to extend water and sewer lines. The road closure affects the west entrance to the Health Services Building, and the north and south portions of the Sunset Drive, at 118th and 119th. The road will be closed beginning Monday, Feb. 18, and will reopen Saturday, Feb. 23, depending on weather conditions.

Signs to announce the upcoming road closure and the detour were placed in the area on Feb. 12.

The Johnson County Museum ’20s Exhibit

the entrance to the exhibit

The Johnson County Museum is a fascinating look at the history of our community.  But the recent biggest draw for it has been “The Turbulent Twenties” exhibit and there is a good reason for it. 

Cultural Celebration and Conversation, tonight, in Olathe

world globe pointed at Africa

The Johnson County Diversity and Equity Committee, in partnership with the Olathe Public Library, is sponsoring a Cultural Celebration and Conversation from 6:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Olathe Downtown Library, 201 E. Park. The February meeting features residents from Africa, including Miss Kenya Teen, who will discuss Kenyan culture and the Keep Girls Safe Foundation.

Celebrating Positive Behavior Supports milestones and graduations

Photo of 10 county employees who completed their intensive Positive Behavior Supports certification.

Our Positive Behavior Supports program is creating positive outcomes and participants celebrated important milestones on Friday.


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