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09/13/2021

JoCo on the Go: 50 Plus turns 50

On JoCo on the Go, episode #105, a popular Johnson County Park and Recreation program turns 50 this year. Hear from the 50 Plus department manager about all the exciting ways you can stay mentally and physically fit while enjoying some great social activities throughout the county. Hear from a long-time fitness instructor about the many opportunities to stay active and independent. Also learn about the program’s travel activities and pandemic-related accommodations, such as virtual classes, so everyone can feel safe getting involved. Finally, hear about this year’s much-anticipated Live Well Age Well event.

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09/08/2021

JoCo on the Go: JoCo Remembers 9/11

On JoCo on the Go, episode #104, our world was forever changed 20 years ago. On this 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we remember where we were, the impact it had on us and the 2,977 lives lost that day. You’ll hear from Johnson County Airport Commission Executive Director Aaron Otto about his ties to the Pentagon and the realization of losing a friend killed during the attacks. Also hear from Overland Park’s Jason Rhodes about the city’s 9/11 memorial that attracts people year after year. Find out what Overland Park has in store to observe the two decades that have passed. Also hear from Johnson County staff about the JoCo Remembers event, proclamation signing and impressive flag display to commemorate the anniversary.

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09/03/2021

JoCo on the Go: Kansas City Regional Climate Action

On JoCo on the Go, episode #103, hear about the Kansas City Regional Climate Action. We’ll talk to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Brian Alferman about the role Johnson County played in the development of this guide for residents, businesses and government agencies. The plan seeks to mitigate climate change by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions of 2050. Find out how you can do your part to make an impact.

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08/27/2021

JoCo on the Go: COVID-19 update, vaccines and transmission

On JoCo on the Go, episode #102, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola on the latest on COVID-19 transmission in our community. Learn about the impact it’s having on hospital capacity. Also, learn about recent federal guidance on third COVID-19 vaccine doses for those who are immunocompromised. Hear also about full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine. Finally, find out how public health workers are teaming up with schools to keep transmission levels low to maintain kids in the classroom.

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Highlights

Time Subject
00:24 Introduction
00:45 Transmission levels and their impact on the health care systems
04:25 Booster doses
13:09 Full FDA approval for Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
16:01 How masking has helped keep kids in school

*Dr. Ryan Jacobsen is EMS System Medical Director | Emergency Services Department

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08/20/2021

JoCo on the Go: Closing the gap for those with disabilities

On JoCo on the Go, episode #101, hear from Johnson County Developmental Supports experts about a new campaign known as Close the Gap – an effort to help families and individuals access supports for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while initiating the process to get on the waiting list for long-term services. Hear why it’s important to start the process early. Visit the campaign website for more information.

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08/12/2021

JoCo on the Go: Public health order in effect

On JoCo on the Go, episode #100, hear from Johnson County Local Health Officer Joseph LeMaster, M.D., about the increase in delta variant cases in our community and the impact it’s having on children and others who are unvaccinated in particular. Learn about the new public health order in effect in Johnson County that requires masks for children in schools up to sixth grade. Also, find out how Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s child care division is working with providers to reduce virus transmission.

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08/09/2021

JoCo on the Go: Meeting needs

On JoCo on the Go, episode #99, hear from Johnson County Aging and Human Services, along with a local school district, about the growing needs of individuals in the community as we move through the pandemic. We’ll discuss utility and food assistance as well as affordable housing concerns. Learn about an innovative program that is pairing families with housing instability with the resources they need to make ends meet.

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07/29/2021

JoCo on the Go: Johnson County Fair in full swing

On JoCo on the Go, episode #98, hear from Johnson County Fair organizers, judges and participants about all the fair has to offer. The annual event is back with a wide range of activities – including livestock shows, crafts, photography, demonstrations, informational booths and plenty of fair food. Find out how to beat the heat while you’re on the Fresno County Fairgrounds in Gardner, while you enjoy the fun. And don’t forget to stop by the Johnson County Government booth to spin to win a prize! The fair runs through Aug. 1. Learn more at jocokansasfair.com.

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07/21/2021

JoCo on the Go: Catching up the court

On JoCo on the Go, episode #97, hear about the backlog of court cases created by the pandemic. We’ll talk with Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe about the efforts to catch up cases and ensure justice is served. Find out how the District Court is promoting pandemic safety precautions in the new facility so hearings can be carry on. And learn how the new Johnson County Courthouse and its state-of-the art technology are improving the judicial process for jurors, judges, staff, victims and the accused.

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07/16/2021

JoCo on the Go: Summer isn’t over yet

On JoCo on the Go, episode #96, the summer months may be winding down, but there’s still plenty left to do in Johnson County. Hear about the fun-filled activities for you and the family at our Johnson County Park and Recreation District facilities and in our Johnson County Library. Learn how to participate in online and in-person events that you won’t want to miss.

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06/25/2021

JoCo on the Go: KC Air Show comes to JoCo

On JoCo on the Go, episode #95, the pandemic may have gotten in the way in 2020, but the Kansas City Air Show is back on and it’s coming to Johnson County’s New Century Air Center this Independence Day weekend. On July 3-4, you’ll see dozens of amazing air show performances. On the ground, check out the impressive aircraft inside and out. Hear from KC Air Show organizers, performers and the host of this exciting event. Learn more about the KC Air Show.

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06/11/2021

JoCo on the Go: Summer in the sun, cool in the pool

On JoCo on the Go, episode #94, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Stacie Province and Steve Vogelsang. They’ll talk about the dangers of extreme heat  and the importance of keeping a close eye on those most at risk of heat stroke. Find out how you can cool off quickly and help someone showing signs of heat exhaustion. Also, learn how JCDHE is keeping us safe in the pools by monitoring water quality and safety measures.

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06/03/2021

JoCo on the Go: Trash-to-treasure, getting rid of your household hazardous waste

On JoCo on the Go, episode #93, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Brandon Hearn, an environmental specialist, who talks about the county’s household hazardous waste program. He’ll describe the chemicals that are considered hazardous and how you can safely dispose of them for free. Also learn about the county’s FreeStore, where you can pick up perfectly good items, such as cleaners, and reuse them in your home. And learn about DHE’s paint recycling program where you can get a variety of shades of paint in 5-gallon buckets at a reduced cost to help you finish those lingering home-improvement projects.

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05/28/2021

JoCo on the Go: Vaccinating young adults

On JoCo on the Go, episode #92, hear the personal stories of young adults who have been vaccinated. They talk about family tragedy, their own COVID-19 illness, life during the pandemic and the relief they felt from becoming vaccinated. The young adults are Johnson County Department of Health and Environment epidemiologists, speaking from personal experience and expertise in helping end the pandemic. You’ll also hear from Johnson County Community College Emergency Management Director Alisa Pacer. She’ll talk about the work the college is doing to increase opportunities for students to get vaccinated.

Highlights

Time Subject
00:26 Introduction
01:13 Getting to population immunity
02:54 Meeting Johnson County's epidemiologists
04:27 Why did you decide to get the vaccine?
09:40 The challenges of getting young people vaccinated
18:25 One young person's bout with COVID-19
21:29 Why young people should consider getting vaccinated

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05/19/2021

JoCo on the Go: COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-olds

On JoCo on the Go, episode #91, opportunities to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are expanding, as the Pfizer vaccine is now available to children ages 12-15. Hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and a local Johnson County school district about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. You’ll also find out how local public health officials are working closely with the schools and medical systems to ensure plenty of opportunities for children to get the vaccine.

Highlights

Time Subject
00:27 Introduction
01:46 Vaccinations in schools
03:42 The process across Johnson County
07:23 Myths about the vaccine
09:41 Second dose reactions in kids vs. adults
10:50 No changes to masking recommendations in schools
13:51 The importance of getting vaccinated

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Relevant links:

Shawnee Mission School District COVID-19 Dashboard


About the podcast

Whether you live in or just love Johnson County, Kansas, the JoCo on the Go podcast has everything Johnson County. Hear what’s happening and what’s coming up in the community you call home.

About the host

Photo of JoCo on the Go host, Theresa FreedTheresa Freed is the Assistant Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Johnson County Government. She is a Johnson County resident who has more than 13 years of broadcast news experience in both television and radio news. In addition to serving as host for Johnson County’s podcast, JoCo on the Go, Freed also manages the digital side of communications for the county, including social media, website content, video production and web accessibility.