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County celebrates "National Public Health Week" April 2-8

public health word cloud

Johnson County is celebrating the 2018 National Public Health Week theme of "Healthiest Nation 2030 - Changing Our Future Together" this week with daily topics to focus on public health efforts in creating the healthiest nation in one generation.
During the week long observance, the department is featuring live interviews with an expert on the department's Facebook page offering daily topics of interest, beginning Monday, April 2, with "Behavioral Health."
Other topics include:

JCPRD launches major website upgrade

screen shot of jcprd homepage

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District website has a new look and outreach at www.jcprd.com.

The website has served the district since 2001 without a major upgrade and technical redesign of content and accessibility until now. The new website will be optimized for today’s mobile devices and offer greatly-expanded capabilities, including accessibility to feature video and photography of the district’s programs, activities, events and facilities.

Updated information about possible measles exposure at The University of Kansas Hospital

child with measles rash

On March 28, 2018, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Wyandotte County Health Department were notified of a case of measles in an out-of-state resident with international travel. This case of measles is not associated with the ongoing outbreak of measles in Johnson County.

County’s annual report now available online

Cover of annual report

This year’s annual report for Johnson County Government, entitled Advancement through Collaboration: Delivering effective, efficient and equitable public services, is now available online.

Eilert delivers State of the County address

State of the County

Board of County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert today presented the 2018 State of the County address during a luncheon at the Ritz Charles.

Eilert’s address focused on job growth, the county’s commitment to entrepreneurship, and the educational and training opportunities available locally. He provided updates on new and ongoing county infrastructure projects including new parks and libraries, a new courthouse, medical’s examiner facility and wastewater treatment facility, along with recent achievements.

ArtsKC campaign collects $15,722 in Johnson County

Johnson County’s 2018 ArtsKC campaign collected $15,722 to support a wide range of arts organizations and programs throughout the Kansas City metropolitan region, including Johnson County.                 The ArtsKC Fund is managed by the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

The 2018 campaign raised nearly $700 in merchandise sales, $2,100 in special events and more than $13,000 in individual contributions from Johnson County employees.

Department awards were presented to Human Services, first place; Human Resouces, second place; and Corrections, third place.

County presents schematic design renderings for new courthouse

New courthouse

Johnson County Government today presented schematic design renderings of its new county courthouse to the Board of County Commissioners.

The designs were shown during a committee of the whole presentation. Commissioners were updated on the project’s goals, design process, site and building design, construction timeline, budget and next steps. The seven-story courthouse will be approximately 320,000 square feet with 28 courtrooms, expandable to 36 courtrooms in the future.

Extension gardening hotline now open

gardener picking tomatos

This past fall and winter were dry and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is advising residents to be on the lookout for potential plant issues.

“If you didn’t get out and water over the winter, especially your young trees and shrubs, you might find some stressed plants in your yard this spring,” said Dennis Patton, horticulture agent.

Measles news update - additional location added

child with measles rash

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have identified 10 cases of measles in northeast Kansas – eight cases in Johnson County, one case in Linn County and one case in Miami County. Health officials continue to investigate this outbreak and are working to identify contacts. Children who are ill or susceptible to measles are excluded from the child care facility as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WIC Garden volunteers needed

planting seedlings

Spring has sprung!! And what better way to celebrate than by digging in the dirt and planting for those in need. Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment has a garden that benefits clients in the Women, Infants and Children program. 

The WIC Community Garden located at the Health Services Building (11875 S. Sunset Drive) seeks all levels of gardeners for the 2018 season. All produce grown and harvested goes directly to Johnson County WIC clients. Children are always welcome in the garden. 

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