On JoCo on the Go, episode #75, hear from some of those who led the Johnson County Courthouse construction project. Find out the new features at the facility that will allow the county to better serve residents. Learn about how the project progressed and how it finished on time and on budget. Hear what’s next with the project as the old building comes down and is replaced by the Johnson County Square.
|01:20||The history of the courthouse project|
|06:48||How the project went|
|08:33||Some of the features of the building|
|11:33||The County Square project|
|13:39||Virtual court services offered by the county|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #74, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola addresses the state’s vaccine rollout plan and the limited amounts of vaccine available in the county. Health care workers and long-term care are in the process of getting vaccinated. As additional doses arrive in the county, find out when it will be your turn to get the much-anticipated protection from COVID-19.
|01:47||The response from people getting vaccinated|
|03:39||The latest vaccine rollout plan|
|08:47||The vaccine production process|
|10:32||Why health care workers are prioritized|
|14:27||Moving to the next phase|
|17:30||Is there anyone who should not be vaccinated?|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #73, COVID-19 vaccinations are delivered to Johnson County. First in line for virus protection are frontline health care workers. This month, doctors, nurses, EMS staff and others are getting their first rounds of vaccine as the county and the rest of the world move toward herd immunity. Find out who’s next in line for the vaccines.
|00:49||The experience of getting a vaccine|
|03:08||Why it's important for health care workers to get vaccinated|
|06:17||The pandemic from the viewpoint of a practicing physician|
|09:00||Long term care staff are next in line to be vaccinated|
|10:24||The importance of getting both doses of the vaccine|
|13:27||EMS workers getting the vaccine|
|13:45||The evolution of 911 caller screening during the pandemic|
|15:37||Getting the second dose of the vaccine|
|16:34||The importance of continuing to take precautions against transmission|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #72, the pandemic has presented plenty of challenges but also opportunities to improve county service delivery. On this episode, hear from the Johnson County Motor Vehicle Department about how increased demand for self-service options has resulted in time efficiencies and cost savings for customers.
|01:10||How the pandemic has impacted the motor vehicle office|
|01:34||New self-service options available at the DMV|
|05:25||Driver's licenses are handled by the state, not the county|
|08:17||DMV office open on Mondays again|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #71, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola. He provides the very latest on vaccine distribution in Johnson County. He also emphasizes the importance of continued use of safety precautions through the vaccine rollout – mask use, physical distancing, frequent handwashing and staying home when you’re sick. Also learn about expanded COVID-19 testing opportunities in the county.
|00:51||The latest on vaccine distribution in Johnson County|
|06:03||Does the vaccine mean I can get rid of my mask now?|
|10:20||The science behind mask effectiveness|
|15:28||Health department distribution of masks|
|17:52||Testing is still available and encouraged|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #70, hear from a Johnson County Department of Health and Environment vaccine expert about the county’s work with the state to implement Kansas’ vaccination plan. Learn which groups will get vaccinated first, and why it’s important to continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions as the vaccine rollout gets underway.
|07:32||Work happening now to get ready for a vaccine|
|09:03||The process of getting the vaccine to providers|
|10:08||Storing the vaccine|
|16:15||Which vaccine will you get?|
|19:34||When will you know it's your turn?|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #69, hear from Johnson County Park and Recreation District about how winter sports are carrying on with pandemic safety in mind. Learn more about the importance of protecting athletes, spectators, referees, coaches and others from contracting COVID-19. Find out how the pandemic has impacted practices and games and how you can help slow the spread so sports can continue.
JoCo on the Go, episode #68, applying for and accessing the resources available to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be a challenge, but Johnson County Developmental Supports is here to help. On this episode, hear from those who help families get the services they need so their loved ones can reach their potential. Also hear from a community partner that can personally attest to the importance of Community Developmental Disability Organization services.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #67, hear from Johnson County public health officials about just how likely it is that you could come in contact with someone with COVID-19 – increasing your risk of getting the virus and spreading it to others. Find out why this year holiday gatherings should look different. Hear why there are concerns about even more cases following Thanksgiving and the major impact that could have on hospitals’ ability to care for COVID-19 patients and others with emergent medical needs.
|01:18||The current state of the virus|
|04:42||Who's at highest risk?|
|08:29||Concerns about hospital capacity|
|14:01||Are there ways to gather safely this holiday season?|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #66, hear from Johnson County’s top public health officials about the high levels of community spread – find out why and where this is happening and what you can do to help. Learn about how hospitals are keeping up with the COVID-19 cases while also trying to help others in need of medical care. Find out how schools are doing to contain the spread and we’ll have the latest on the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.
|01:09||Updated hospital information|
|03:08||How the virus is spreading in the community|
|05:03||Why comparisons to the flu are flawed|
|08:07||What it means when schools are in the red zone|
|13:47||Holiday gatherings mean being more careful than ever|
|15:41||Where the spread is coming from|
|16:57||Is it still safe to go to the Dr.?|
|19:51||How the county is preparing for the availability of a vaccine|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #65, hear how Johnson County’s annual Veterans Day observance is going virtual this year – an effort to continue this longstanding community tradition, while promoting the safety and well-being of those who might typically participate in the live in-person event. This year, special recognition is being given to holocaust survivors and World War II veterans, including Johnson County resident, Max Deweese, 99, who joins the episode to talk about his heroic service to our country. Not only is he a survivor of the war, but he also recently survived COVID-19. Hear his story.
|01:37||Recognizing World War II vets at this year's virtual observance|
|03:11||How this year's event is different|
|09:18||Max DeWeese, a 99-year-old veteran of World War II|
|10:53||From junior college to the Pacific|
|16:47||Surviing World War II and COVID-19|
|21:09||Remembering the sacrifices of all veterans|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #64, hear from Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt. She’ll talk about the record-setting election year for advance voter turnout and voter participation in general. She’ll also provide details about the many ways the Election Office is promoting safety in the pandemic for voters and staff. And hear what you can expect for returns on Election Day – how soon we’ll know the winners.
|00:53||What we expect for voter turnout|
|02:11||Why is there so much advance voting happening?|
|03:48||The vote by mail process|
|04:59||How secure is the voting process?|
|12:12||The role of poll watchers|
|13:05||Volunteers at the polls|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #63, hear from Johnson County experts, including our district attorney, a cybercrimes investigator with the Sheriff’s Office and our information technology leaders, who will discuss how criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on residents – stealing their financial and personal information. Learn how these crimes are investigated and prosecuted and find out how to spot scams before it’s too late. If you become a victim, learn how you can stop the criminals from doing further damage. And help prevent others from becoming victims of these crimes.
|01:46||How the pandemic has increase our reliance on technology|
|03:07||Why cybersecurity is more important than ever|
|03:54||What are the threats?|
|11:18||October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month|
|14:05||Passphrases vs. passwords|
|16:17||How cybercrimes are investigated|
|22:55||What to do first if you think you've been a victim of a cybercrime|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #62, hear from Johnson County Appraiser Beau Boisvert and local real estate agent Susan Bowers as they discuss the increase in real estate prices. Find out what’s driving this seller’s market and factors to consider as you put your home on the market or prepare to make a purchase. They’ll also talk about the real estate forecast as we head into 2021. Finally, learn more about the difference between property taxes and the appraisal process.
|01:35||What's happening with commercial and residential real estate prices?|
|04:21||The role of interest rates|
|06:29||Why is now an ideal time to sell?|
|12:51||Some things to consider before buying|
|14:29||The difference between appraisals and taxes|
|18:30||How to get the information you want before buying or selling|
|21:26||Thoughts on home sales over the next six months|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #61, hear from Johnson County mental health and public health experts. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola and Johnson County Mental Health Center Director Tim DeWeese will talk about the toll the pandemic is taking on the community – not just COVID-19 infection, but also the challenges that come with isolation and physical distancing from others. They’ll also address how the two departments work collaboratively to ensure mental health is a priority as public health decisions are made.
|12:06||How public health and mental health go hand in hand|
|17:25||How the public health and mental health departments collaborate|
|22:19||Addressing community polarization and bullying|
|27:04||Despite pandemic, suicide has decreased in Johnson County|
|29:36||Things to be hopeful about|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #60, hear from Johnson County Museum and Arts and Heritage staff who will highlight the many ways Johnson County is celebrating residents during Hispanic Heritage Month. They’ll talk about how the pandemic has impacted this year’s celebration and is allowing residents to virtually interact with Hispanic culture. Hear from some notable names from the Latino community in Johnson County who are doing amazing things to further appreciation for cultural diversity.
|01:04||About Hispanic Heritage Month|
|03:17||Johnson County author Angela Cervantes talks about writing for Disney|
|05:25||Johnson County commissioners praise Olathe educator and activist, Erik Erazo|
|07:37||Promoting cultural diversity in Johnson County|
|09:34||The diversity of the Latino community in Johnson County|
|11:05||Creating virtual experiences|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #59, we’re taking a close look at how individuals and families can be ready when disaster strikes. Guests include Johnson County public health and emergency preparedness experts who discuss specific disasters, such as severe weather, fires and the current COVID-19 pandemic. They offer tips on supplies to keep handy and how to have conversations with children about what to do in an emergency.
|01:28||What is National Preparedness Month?|
|02:44||An unusual year for severe weather|
|03:19||How to put together a preparedness kit|
|10:22||Talking to kids about disasters|
|11:59||What does public health preparedness mean?|
|13:13||Dealing with the pandemic and flu season|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #58, hear about the increased need for assistance during the pandemic. Find out how Johnson County Human Services is supporting residents who may have reduced income. You’ll also hear how Johnson County is working closely with other helping organizations to ensure residents receive the resources they need. We’ll discuss how adequate housing plays a role in public health. And find out how you can safely make food and other donations to help your neighbors.
|01:35||The work that Human Services does|
|02:44||What is the need like in Johnson County|
|05:40||An easy way to help|
|07:18||What does United Community Services do?|
|15:42||The role of the county's My Resource Connection service|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #57, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment doctors about the upcoming flu season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out when and where the flu shot will be available and why getting it early is important. Learn about the difference between COVID-19, the flu and seasonal allergies as you keep an eye on your children’s health during this school year. Finally, when you go to the doctor’s office, you may be tested for the flu and COVID-19. Find out about the latest tests available for the coronavirus.
|01:06||When is flu season and should we get a vaccination?|
|04:51||Should I still get a vaccine if I test positive for COVID?|
|05:51||Can you get COVID and the flu at the same time?|
|07:22||Will masks and other precautions help with flu outbreaks?|
|09:47||How to tell the difference between allergies and COVID|
|11:55||A look at all the types of tests for COVID and their uses|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #56, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment leaders to get the latest on COVID-19 in the county. You’ll hear why it’s important to not let your guard down as we enter into a long holiday weekend. They’ll also discuss the effectiveness of masks and why masks, combined with other safety measures are useful tools to protect ourselves and others in the community. Also, hear about antibody testing and the health department’s response to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention messages about mortality rates among those with COVID-19.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #55, hear from Johnson County Local Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster about COVID-19 vaccine trials happening now, including right here in the Kansas City metro area. He’ll also address how close we are to an approved vaccination and what distribution of a vaccine might look like. You’ll also find out how our understanding of the disease has increased, as has our ability to more effectively prevent death related to COVID-19.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #54, hear from Johnson County Mental Health Center experts about how the physical distancing that comes as part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is taking a toll. Learn how the disruption of our daily lives can leave some feeling lonely and dysregulated. JCMHC experts will offer tips for adults to find new ways for self-care and for families to emotionally prepare for the upcoming school year.
|01:20||How mental health center is serving clients|
|04:41||How to seek help for loved ones|
|06:51||Helping kids deal with the pandemic and social unrest|
|12:34||When to seek help for yourself or others|
|14:11||Coping advice for families|
|16:35||Coping with school changes|
|19:29||Taking care of yourself|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #53, hear how Johnson County businesses have a new resource to guide them through COVID-19 safety precautions and what to do when/if an employee tests positive for the coronavirus. Find out how you can contain the spread to other staff members and keep your doors open. Also, hear from a local economy expert who will provide insight into which businesses are thriving and which ones are struggling to stay afloat. Find out about resources available to help your business get through the pandemic.
|06:53||Common questions from businesses|
|08:19||What an employer should do it an employee tests positive|
|14:50||When will we stop wearing masks?|
|18:59||How are Johnson County businesses adjusting to the mask mandate?|
|25:06||How has remote work impacted companies?|
|25:06||How has remote work impacted companies?|
|30:27||What resources are available to businesses?|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #52, hear from Johnson County public health officials as they share details of their recently released recommendations for Johnson County schools preparing to reopen this fall. Find out the factors to weigh as you consider whether in-class or remote learning is the best option for your family. Also, hear about new child care guidance for facility and home day cares in Johnson County. Learn about the steps being taken to keep kids and staff safe.
|02:09||The current state of the virus in the county|
|05:48||School gating criteria|
|09:06||Why do different schools have different criteria?|
|14:12||What happens when a child or staff member gets sick?|
|21:21||Guidance for childcare providers|
|31:51||The risk for childcare staff members|
|34:01||The importance of safe childcare|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #51, hear from a Johnson County woman who in March had doubts that COVID-19 was a reality in the U.S., and certainly didn’t think it would find its way to her family. But after developing extreme exhaustion, chills and a long-lasting headache, her skepticism turned into a reality. Her case led to community spread, with others infected and hospitalized. Hear about the lasting physical and financial impact the pandemic has had. She’s urging residents to take seriously the safety precautions to prevent further spread.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #50, hear from Johnson County public health officials as well as Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson. They address the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children and the signs and symptoms that your child is infected. They’ll provide tips on preparing your child for the mandated safety precautions, such as mask and hand sanitizer use as well as physical distancing. Also, learn how districts are preparing to modify learning to meet every child’s safety, educational and developmental needs.
|01:56||Children and COVID-19|
|05:02||Preparing your children for going back to school|
|10:08||Kids, flu season and COVID-19|
|14:40||The view from the Kansas Education Commission|
|24:15||Can kids go back and forth between online instruction and the classroom?|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #49, hear from Johnson County public health officials. They address the new Governor’s mask mandate that’s in effect in Johnson County. They also talk about the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, especially among younger people. They offer guidance on mask use, hand hygiene and reducing your risk of contracting the disease.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #48, hear from the Green family of Johnson County. In March, their daughters got sick and then Jason and Katy started feeling ill. Within a short time, they were both in the hospital. Katy went home to her daughters as they said over the phone what could have been their final goodbyes to their loved one, just before Jason was put on a ventilator for 18 days. He and his family survived COVID-19 and are sharing their story to help stop the spread of the illness, and so others never have to endure what they faced.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #47, hear from Johnson County Developmental Supports professionals who will share what life has been like for those they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, find out how Direct Support Professionals and others are finding ways to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental supports differently – offering individuals and their caregivers the support they need to safely remain home.
|02:02||Determining eligibility for services|
|03:59||The Community Behavioral Health Team|
|10:21||Has there been an uptick in requests for service during the pandemic?|
|15:16||Getting your child into the system|
|22:52||How has life changed for people in the system during the pandemic?|
|28:19||How long does it take to get my child on the waiting list?|
|31:08||How have things changed with the onset of more virtual meetings and activities?|
|37:27||Helping families through the pandemic|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #46, hear from Johnson County public health officials who will share the latest trends on COVID-19 cases. They’ll also talk about the continued importance of wearing masks in public and practicing physical distancing when possible. Find out how communication about clusters of COVID-19 cases in businesses are handled and how the county is working with local school districts on planning for the upcoming school year.
|00:51||The current situation in Johnson County|
|03:04||Increases are not due to increased testing|
|04:50||Will schools reopen?|
|05:44||Recent clusters in the county|
|08:20||Wearing masks outdoors|
|10:01||The current state of testing|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #45, hear from Johnson County Park & Recreation District experts about how COVID-19 is changing summer outdoor activities. You’ll find out which beaches and marinas are open and when. You’ll also hear about how sporting activities at JCPRD facilities are moving forward with safety precautions in mind. JCPRD offers a wide range of youth programs during the summer. Find out how children and staff are having fun while staying healthy.
|01:01||Are marinas and beaches open this summer?|
|02:06||How are things different this year?|
|02:52||What are the hours for the beaches and marinas?|
|04:22||How has the pandemic impacted sporting events like baseball?|
|07:26||What precautions are being taken for camps?|
|11:31||It's not too late to sign up for camp|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #44, hear from Johnson County Mental Health Center experts who will talk about gambling and gaming addiction. They’ll address a relatively new treatment program available in Johnson County for effected individuals, including loved ones. They’ll also talk about how the pandemic has impacted some individuals with these forms of addiction.
|00:58||What is a gambling and gaming addiction?|
|03:11||A new program to address gambling and gaming addiction|
|03:50||Classifying this addiction as a mental health issue|
|11:17||What happens in the program?|
|14:00||How has the pandemic impacted both the problem and the program?|
|15:30||Some advice if you're dealing with this issue|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #43, hear from Johnson County public health officials who will share the latest recommendations on reopening the county. They’ll also address developments in the understanding of COVID-19, including how long the virus lives on surfaces and what viral loading is and why it matters to your health. Additionally, find out how those in high-risk groups and others should protect themselves from getting sick.
|01:14||The county's current health guidance|
|02:16||The potential for more positive cases|
|05:22||Tracking the spread of the virus|
|09:04||What to do if you're in a high risk group|
|11:10||How viral load works|
|13:15||How long the virus lasts on surfaces|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #42, hear from Johnson County leaders and experts about the CARES Act, what it is and what kind of federal stimulus relief it’s providing. Also find out how the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment is expanding its contact tracing capacity to contain the spread of COVID-19.
|01:22||What is included in CARES Act funding?|
|02:44||The pandemic's financial impact on the county|
|03:22||More about Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)|
|07:03||What other sources of financial relief are available?|
|08:55||How progress is being made on contact tracing|
On JoCo on the Go, episode #41, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment experts talk about life in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan. They discuss which businesses can reopen and which will have to wait a little longer. Among those that must wait – public pools. Hear how pools will safely reopen under Phase 3 of the Governor’s reopening plan. And, find out how the county has expanded its testing capacity, adding appointment-based testing for the general public.
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #40 includes a conversation with Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh. She provides the very latest on the county’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 as the county begins to reopen its economy during Phase 1 of the Governor’s plan. Holzschuh also addresses the importance of remaining cautious in public settings to prevent a second wave of disease. Finally, she shares the county’s efforts on contact tracing to further curb the spread of COVID-19.
|02:01||What can we expect as we roll back the stay-at-home order?|
|02:18||How does contact tracing work and what's the county doing about it?|
|05:16||How long do test results take?|
|06:10||How are we doing against the gating criteria?|
|08:00||Is the county ready to reopen?|
|09:12||How to lower the risk|
On JoCo on the Go episode #39, hear from Johnson County health experts, Dr. Joseph LeMaster, Local Health Officer, and Dr. Sanmi Areola, Johnson County Health and Environment Director. They’ll have details on how residents and businesses can safely adhere to the phased approach of lifting the stay-at-home order. They’ll also address the importance of continued COVID-19 testing, to ensure the county’s response is appropriate and timely.
On JoCo on the Go episode #38, hear from local economy experts Jeff Shackelford, president and CEO of the Enterprise Center in Johnson County, and Doug Davidson with the County Economic Research Institute. They describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Johnson County businesses. They also talk about which industries are struggling the most and which ones are adapting to survive. Hear about a new Johnson County task force that will help businesses reopen safely. Find out what resources are available to businesses to keep them afloat during this time of uncertainty.
|00:58||What has been the impact to businesses of this pandemic?|
|03:27||Are we in a recession?|
|05:27||The impact of federal aid|
|06:42||Protecting your own financial situation|
|09:03||The role of the county's task force|
|10:44||The primary concerns for businesses right now|
|12:01||The impact on staffing|
|13:33||What relief options are out there for business|
|17:43||What does the road to recovery look like for business|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #37 includes the latest update about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Johnson County. It's been more than a month since the county implemented a stay-at-home order. People are telecommuting, limiting exposure to others and making other major changes to their daily lives. On this episode, you'll hear directly from decision makers who are working diligently to understand and evaluate every aspect of the pandemic.
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #36 includes details on how to stay safe as we enter severe storm season. Guests include Kelly Fry with Water One and Trent Pittman with the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center. They walk us through how residents are alerted to weather emergencies and discuss collaborative work being done ahead of, during and after storms. You’ll also hear from trained storm spotters about their passion for helping their community.
|01:46||When is the severe weather season in Kansas?|
|02:30||Finding a safe space in your home|
|03:24||Getting advance warning of impending storms|
|04:20||What's a tornado emergency?|
|06:07||Improving the county's siren activation system|
|07:49||Training storm spotters for the county|
|17:13||The role of Notify JoCo in severe weather|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #35 includes Johnson County leadership, health and safety experts. Hear about the latest efforts to test residents for COVID-19. Find out why increasing testing is key to understanding transmission and responding appropriately. You’ll also find out how donated cloth masks will be distributed to those who need them. Finally, Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden will share how his crime lab is stepping up to help with the shortage of N95 respirator masks used by first responders and health professionals.
|01:04||The latest actions taken by the Board of County Commissioners|
|03:02||Health department to begin testing population sample|
|05:13||Call for cloth mask donations yields impressive results|
|07:02||Sheriff's department sterilizing used masks|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #34 includes Johnson County health experts. Hear from Dr. Joseph LeMaster, the Johnson County Public Health Officer, about the stay-at-home order. Find out what it means and how long it could last. We’ll also introduce you to the county’s new Department of Health and Environment director, Dr. Sanmi Areola. He’ll share his background and thoughts on the effectiveness of our current efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
|01:46||Why did Johnson County issue its stay at home order?|
|02:30||How long will the order last?|
|03:45||Why did all the local governments take this step together?|
|06:05||Can people still go to work?|
|07:10||Johnson County's new public health director|
|10:29||Is Johnson County doing enough?|
|13:06||The current situation with testing|
|14:31||Are there likely to be more positive cases?|
|15:57||How can people help get masks to healthcare workers?|
|17:13||How can we prevent the spread of the virus?|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #33 includes Johnson County emergency response and health experts. They’ll provide general guidance about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and they’ll also address common questions regarding testing for COVID-19, travel guidance and the county’s State of Emergency declaration.
|02:00||Who needs to wear a mask?|
|02:52||How is COVID-19 similar to the flu?|
|04:17||When should people get tested?|
|05:44||Is it okay for people to leave their houses?|
|08:06||What can you do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?|
|10:17||How long will the State of Emergency last?|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #32 takes an in-depth look at the Johnson County Department of Corrections program known as Adult Community Corrections. Corrections focuses on helping those who have had contact with law enforcement and the justice system improve their outcomes as they re-enter the community. You’ll hear from program leaders as well as individuals being served by the program. Find out how collaborations with local employers, educators and others are helping people leave the corrections system with the skills they need to build strong families and achieve successful careers. Also hear how you can get involved to become a volunteer mentor.
|02:22||What is community corrections?|
|04:36||The role of the Cultivate program|
|05:29||Some community corrections success stories|
|10:23||Barriers to reentering society|
|12:51||What kind of supports are being offered to clients?|
|16:44||Two participants in the Mentor to Excel program|
|26:44||The College of Trades at Johnson County Community College|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #31 includes what you need to know about accessing free tax return assistance in Johnson County. The county, with its partners and volunteers, offers several locations to get help. Johnson County Library works closely with AARP to help older adults and those with low income to electronically file both state and federal returns. The Johnson County K-State Research and Extension offers free assistance to low-income residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Hear which documents you need to gather and how tax laws may impact your filing.
|01:11||Services offered by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)|
|03:17||What should you bring with you?|
|05:29||When tax services are available|
|13:01||AARP tax services available|
|13:52||Make an appointment for AARP tax service|
|15:53||AARP needs tax volunteers|
|18:09||Tax services offered by the library|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #30 includes a conversation with Johnson County Treasurer and Director Tom Franzen, of the county’s Treasury and Financial Management department, and Johnson County Motor Vehicle Specialist Jake Letner. They break down the fees and taxes you pay when you register your vehicle and renew your tags. They also talk about ways to get in and out of the DMV quickly, with tips on when to go and how to avoid an office visit altogether.
|03:11||Johnson County handles vehicle registration and the state handles driver's licenses|
|04:43||How you'll be notified when it's time to renew your vehicle tags|
|06:19||What you need to bring with you when you renew your tags|
|07:53||What you're paying for when you renew your tags|
|08:09||How to estimate your vehicle property tax|
|09:21||When's the best time to visit the DMV?|
|12:12||The most-registered vehicles in Johnson County|
|13:05||The most common mistakes people make when they visit the DMV|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #29 includes conversations with Johnson County health experts Nancy Tausz and Dr. Ryan Jacobsen. They break down what the coronavirus (COVID-19) is and the steps Johnson County is taking should a case be suspected and/or confirmed in the county.
|01:07||What is the coronavirus?|
|03:20||How does this virus compare with the flu?|
|06:35||Visit the Johnson County coronavirus information page|
|07:39||The work going on behind the scenes|
|12:32||What makes this virus different?|
|16:34||Information-sharing and coordination happening around the state|
|18:40||The best defense from coronavirus, or any virus|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #28 includes details of the latest Community Health Assessment. Epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh and Program Manager Megan Foreman, both with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, share a new way you can access health data about the county and your neighborhood. They discuss issues such as life expectancy, childcare costs and poverty.
|01:14||The Community Health Assessment|
|02:57||The gap in life expectancy across Johnson County|
|06:06||The high cost of childcare in Johnson County|
|09:34||The role of social connectedness in overall health|
|12:26||The Department of Health and Environment's new health dashboard|
|13:33||Other factors that help determine life expectancy|
|15:42||The 4 focus areas of the Community Health Improvement Plan|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #27 includes everything you need to know about your property appraisal. Guests include Johnson County Director of Appraisal Operations Beau Boisvert and Residential Valuation Manager Jeff Ramsey. They provide details about whether values are trending up or down and where you can expect the most change compared to last year. You’ll also hear how appraisals are conducted and values decided. You’ll find out how to appeal your appraisal if you feel your property was over or under valued.
|02:14||A look at the work of doing a property appraisal|
|03:41||How technology has impacted the appraisal process|
|04:36||How a remodel or other change can affect your property value|
|09:10||Where are property values going up?|
|11:02||The difference between taxes and appraisals|
|13:14||A video explanation of the appraisal process|
|16:30||How to appeal your appraisal|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #26 includes a conversation with Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert. He shares the top legislative priorities for the county as the 2020 legislative session gets underway. Those priorities include mental health funding, Medicaid expansion, collection of compensating use tax, property tax relief for low-income seniors and comprehensive transportation plan funding.
|01:03||What are Johnson County's legislative priorities this year?|
|02:22||How do we track legislative activity?|
|03:17||Johnson County's interest in legislation at the federal level|
|04:05||Progress on Medicaid expansion|
|05:29||Legislation to help seniors stay in their homes|
|07:44||How do commissioners get involved in the legislative process?|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #25 includes details of assistance services for Johnson County residents facing housing issues. David Ward and Jesse Mofle, with Johnson County’s Human Services department, walk listeners through programs to help with affording housing costs and making needed repairs so vulnerable residents can remain in their homes.
|01:37||How does Human Services help with housing?|
|03:03||Income levels to qualify for assistance|
|05:01||How Human Services helps people become self-sufficient|
|05:54||Maintenance assistance for seniors and others|
|07:14||What does the Landlord Recruiter do?|
|10:41||How housing rehabilitation programs help|
|15:58||Getting help with utilities|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #24 addresses radon awareness. Radon is a prevalent issue in Johnson County, with high levels being found in homes throughout our community. K-State Research and Extension agent Denise Dias shares how you can easily find out your home’s radon level. She also explains what’s safe and what needs attention. Also on the episode is Wes Hodgden, a Johnson County radon expert who helps property owners remediate radon. Dan Gathje also joins the conversation as a homeowner who had high levels of radon in his home and now has the peace of mind that the air he’s breathing is safe.
|01:03||What is radon?|
|01:34||The average level of radon in Johnson County homes|
|02:14||A map showing the average radon levels in various zip codes around the county|
|04:28||Why it's important to test for radon|
|06:41||How to get a free radon test kit|
|09:59||One homeowner's story|
|12:36||What to expect when you have your home tested|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #23 is filled with great information about how Johnson County’s Emergency Operations Center works closely with the National Weather Service to stay ahead of winter storms. Meteorologist Ray Christensen talks about the accuracy of forecasting and what northeast Kansas can expect this winter. Johnson County Emergency Management Deputy Director Dan Robeson shares tips on how to stay safe when the snow and ice hit. Brian Pietig and Wes Root, from Johnson County Public Works, offer advice to homeowners on snow removal. They also share details on how the county treats the roads and how and when county roads are cleared.
|02:55||How the National Weather Service coordinates with local government|
|04:49||What kind of winter should we expect this year?|
|09:03||How does the County find out a winter storm is coming?|
|11:19||How the Emergency Operations team differentiates between a winter storm and an winter weather emergency|
|12:55||How the County continues to provide services despite the winter weather|
|14:55||Sign up for Notify JoCo to get the latest winter weather updates|
|15:49||Preparing for a winter weather emergency|
|18:53||County crews work year-round to prepare for winter weather|
|19:29||How crews decide which roads to plow first|
|21:26||County crews plow 24 hours a day until the roads are clear|
|23:40||How far back should drivers stay from a snow plow?|
|26:54||The difference in preparing for an ice storm versus a snow storm|
|28:19||How to contact Public Works regarding help with snow removal|
|29:18||Don't Crowd the Plow|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #22 provides an in-depth look at Johnson County Wastewater. You’ll hear from department director Susan Pekarek about how rates are set. You’ll also learn about the innovative and environmentally friendly wastewater cleaning processes that are in place. She’ll have details on progress being made at the Tomahawk Wastewater Facility construction project. Hear from Cory Welch who will share improvements to Johnson County Wastewater customer service, such as the new option to pay your bill by phone with a credit card.
|01:41||What service does Johnson County Wastewater provide?|
|03:17||How are the rates set for wastewater service?|
|04:48||An explanation of some of the fees involved|
|06:48||What to do if you see an unusual increase in your wastewater bill|
|08:25||Some of the environmental innovations used by the wastewater department|
|10:46||The Tomahawk wastewater facility project|
|13:24||When you're faced with major water issues, there's help available|
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #21 addresses the topic of youth bullying and suicide prevention and response. Johnson County Mental Health Center Team Leader Renee Van Meter offers tips to parents on how to talk with their teens about thoughts of suicide. She encourages parents to listen and seek further help, if needed. Also hear from Johnson County teen Rory Swenson, a teen ambassador to the #ZeroReasonsWhy campaign. He’ll talk about the conflicting role technology plays in both creating a support system and encouraging feelings of isolation.
JoCo on the Go podcast episode #20 covers a timely topic to help keep Johnson County residents and their property safe. The holiday season is a busy time of year for most people – and that includes thieves. We’re talking to crime and safety experts Claire Canaan, with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and Emilie Burdette with the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. They offer advice for online shopping safety, tips on how to minimize the risk of porch pirates taking your purchases and they also talk about how you and your neighbors can fight crime by sharing your doorbell camera footage.
|00:52||Why theft increases around the holidays|
|01:36||The risks of shopping online|
|05:02||Protecting your packages from 'porch pirates'|
|08:24||Protecting yourself and your packages while shopping|
|10:08||Stay safe from charitable scams|
|11:41||Be careful what you post on social media during the holidays|
JoCo on the Go episode #19 is focused on how Johnson County airports play an important role in economic development in the area. Johnson County Airport Commission Executive Director Aaron Otto talks about the history of the airports and current business growth. Johnson County Commissioner Mike Brown discusses the value and convenience the airports bring to companies. Greg Martinette, president and CEO of Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation, describes how businesses can set up shop in Johnson County.
|00:53||How did we wind up with two airports in Johnson County?|
|04:26||The role airports play in the county's economic development|
|08:46||Interview with Commissioner Mike Brown, liaison to the airport commission|
|10:17||What does the airport commission do?|
|14:16||Why airports encourage businesses to set up shop in the county|
During our 18th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking a close look at the Johnson County Citizens Academy Program. Two times per year, the county hosts the program for residents to gain an in-depth look at the programs and services they use every day, including Wastewater, Human Services, Emergency Management and Communications and more. Participants spend three hours per week, for 10 weeks touring Johnson County facilities, having conversations with department leaders and staff and learning how they can get more involved with their county government by volunteering.
|01:29||What topics get covered at the Citizens Academy|
|03:28||Why the county hosts a Citizens Academy|
|05:20||What's the process for applying to the Citizens Academy?|
|06:52||Utilizing an internship in providing leadership for the Citizens Academy|
|10:20||The view from a citizen|
|12:06||What one person enjoyed most about the Citizens Academy|
|16:15||What a presenter likes most about the Citizens Academy|
|18:09||How the Citizens Academy came to be|
During our 17th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking the stress out of holiday food preparation by bringing in Johnson County experts from the K-State Research and Extension Office. Master food volunteers Gaylene Van Horn and David Stallings share tips and tricks for making your Thanksgiving a masterpiece. They offer advice on how to cook the turkey and where to go to get the best recipes for the special occasion. Crystal Futrell, a K-State Research and Extension health and food safety agent, shares information about the importance of safe food handling, such as making sure leftovers get in the refrigerator within two hours of coming out of the oven or off the stove.
|01:05||A couple of different ways to cook your turkey|
|03:32||Some advice for first-time turkey cookers|
|04:56||A word about side dishes|
|06:52||Timing is everything on Thanksgiving|
|10:09||The importance of dessert|
|11:39||Accommodating special dietary needs|
|14:00||Safe food preparation at Thanksgiving|
|16:55||The 2-hour rule|
During our 16th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re addressing how to prevent and fight the flu during the winter months. Flu season can last through May, and brings many miserable symptoms, such as aches, pains and fever. Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Becky Prall, and Caitlin Kintner with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, offer advice about how and when to get the flu shot.
|01:20||How to avoid the flu and what to do if you get it|
|02:20||Will the flu shot give you the flu?|
|03:53||Who's most susceptible to the flu?|
|04:42||What types of flu are out there?|
|08:29||The difference between the flu and a stomach virus|
|09:26||Where to get your flu shot|
During our 15th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re honoring veterans, with a special focus this year on women veterans. Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert shares the importance of recognizing this group of veterans that is growing in number. You’ll also hear the stories of four Johnson County women who served in the military, including a woman who recently turned 105. Finally, the episode includes additional details from one of the four women who has transitioned service to her country to service to her county.
|01:21||Chairman Ed Eilert and Public Affairs and Communications Director Jody Hanson|
|02:20||Who's on the program for this year's event?|
|04:02||Honoring women veterans|
|04:39||A tribute to this year's honorees|
|9:09||Hana Modrell, a veteran who now works at the Sheriff's Office|
During our 14th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re talking about sustainability in Johnson County. Craig Wood, Department of Health and Environment solid waste management coordinator, and Renee Bryant, DHE Food Policy Council coordinator, provide information about how residents and businesses can minimize waste. They also provide details about upcoming efforts to educate the public about keeping food out of the landfills, through methods such as composting.
|01:07||Craig Wood on his role with the Department of Health and Environment|
|02:10||What sustainability looks like in Johnson County|
|04:52||The dos and don'ts of recycling|
|10:14||Johnson County's solid waste management plan|
|18:25||Renee Bryant of the Johnson County Food Policy Council|
|20:13||Save the Food Johnson County|
|20:39||Why we should all care about food waste|
During our 13th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking a close look at Johnson County elections. We’re discussing everything from election worker training to election results integrity. Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker breaks down the logistics of ensuring that each voter gets to the right polling place and gets in and out quickly. He’ll also talk about efforts to ensure that residents of all abilities have appropriate accommodations to cast their ballots. Election worker Gabriel Sanchez talks about why he participates year after year and the great comradery the comes with the work.
|01:10||Interview with Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker|
|02:30||How Johnson County elections have improved|
|04:24||The security of Johnson County's election process|
|06:17||How to see your ballot for the 2019 General Election|
|08:23||How to be an election volunteer|
|9:53||One volunteer's experience|
During our 12th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the county’s response to the teen vaping epidemic. Join Department of Health and Environment Health Educator Mike Krueger and Mental Health Prevention Coordinator Jaimie Katz as they share the dangers of nicotine addiction. They’ll also inform parents on how to talk to their kids about the risks associated with e-cigarettes and vaping. You’ll hear from Hannah Silverstein, a senior at Shawnee Mission West High School. She’ll talk about the grassroots efforts teens are taking on to tackle this problem.
|01:42||What is vaping?|
|05:30||Why vaping is not a "safe" alternative to cigarettes|
|10:55||How a high school student sees the problem|
|14:37||What the Department of Health and Environment is doing to combat the problem|
|17:24||Talking to your kids about vaping|
|23:18||What the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have to say|
During our 11th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing employment services for Johnson County residents who have disabilities. The discussion includes Johnson County Employment Team Leader Amy Fair, with Johnson County Developmental Supports. She introduces us to Tyler Smith, who is an employment supports success story. He describes an innovative program known as Project SEARCH, that’s helping residents with disabilities obtain and keep rewarding jobs. You’ll also hear from 5th district Commissioner Michael Ashcraft, who describes the Board of County Commissioners’ support for public-private partnerships that benefit job seekers served by JCDS and employers.
|01:45||Interview with Amy Fair from Johnson County Developmental Supports (JCDS) about Disability Employment Awareness Month|
|03:17||How Project SEARCH works|
|07:52||Interview with Tyler Smith about his Project SEARCH experience|
|13:15||Sunflower Cafe Co-owner Rhonda Case addresses the Project SEARCH graduation|
|15:55||Interview with Commissioner Michael Ashcraft|
During our 10th JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the well-being of Johnson County’s older adults. Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will talk about the board’s efforts to ensure Johnson County remains an affordable place to live for all ages. She’ll also discuss ways the community can volunteer to help older adults who might be homebound. You’ll hear from Denise Dias with K-State Extension, and Elizabeth Mardis with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment about programs available to help older adults with the Medicare and Medicaid health care coverage applications. Finally, Johnson County Park & Recreation District’s Michelle Alexander will share details of the upcoming Live Well Age Well event for those 50 and older.
|01:17||Interview with Commissioner Janeé Hanzlick|
|12:41||Getting help with Medicare and Medicaid through the Johnson County Extension office|
|17:01||Getting help with the Medicaid process from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment|
|20:09||The Live Well Age Well Expo 2019|
During our ninth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re talking about the latest scams and tactics criminals are using on the internet and through phones to capture people’s confidential information. Johnson County information technology experts Bill Nixon and Donna Gomez share tips and details on an upcoming event to help the public stay up-to-date on cyber security. Geoff Jenista, of Homeland Security, also shares advice on password protection and what parents should know about children’s access to the internet.
|01:44||Beware of phone scams|
|03:11||What to do if you're receiving suspicious phone calls|
|05:29||Cybersecurity event Oct. 28 at Johnson County Administration Building|
|10:30||Geoff Jenista from the Department of Homeland Security talks about email scams|
|13:53||Securing a lost or stolen phone|
|13:53||What to do if you think your identity has been compromised|
During our eighth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the county’s Crisis Intervention Team program, which promotes coordinated response between law enforcement and mental health experts. The CIT-trained officers respond to a scene involving a mental health concern to provide the right response at the right time. Tactics include de-escalation and connecting families to services. The goal is to keep everyone safe and prevent incarceration, which could make matters worse for someone in crisis. You’ll hear from an officer helping implement this innovative strategy in the county, a county commissioner who supports the effort and a resident who appreciates the sensitive and coordinated response to her loved one.
|00:44||What is a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)?|
|02:51||CIT partnership with Johnson County Mental Health|
|05:49||Crisis intervention training|
|10:56||Commissioner Becky Fast speaks about being a liaison with the mental health department|
|15:10||The experience of one family with crisis intervention|
During our seventh JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing Johnson County’s Veterans Treatment Court program, which provides qualified veterans who have come in contact with the criminal justice system, with an alternative to incarceration. This episode includes a conversation with Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Adam Baker, who discusses how veterans enter the program, the support services they are provided and the graduation ceremony from the program. You’ll hear from a graduate who says this program made him a changed man and a better American. Also hear from a mentor in the program who previously was a participant. Chris Carter will share his story of confronting addiction and restoring his life.
|00:58||The history of the Veterans Treatment Court|
|04:26||Description of the support services available to veterans|
|11:57||The role of mentors in the Veterans Treatment Court|
|14:24||Veterans Treatment Court graduation|
|16:47||Chris Carter's story|
During our sixth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing a pilot project that is helping Johnson County residents get from point A to point B in a new convenient and affordable way. Micro Transit functions as part of the regional public transportation system known as Ride KC. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County’s Josh Powers, who helped bring Micro Transit to the area. He talks about the success, thus far, of the pilot and where it’s going.
|01:37||Transition from The Jo to RideKC|
|02:58||Impetus for Micro Transit|
|03:59||How to use Micro Transit|
|08:23||TRANSLOC app and how to use it for Micro Transit|
|10:36||Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair Jim Allen talks about the future of Micro Transit|
|12:45||Micro Transit driver and riders praise the program|
During our fifth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing some of the major Johnson County building projects, including the Johnson County Courthouse and the Medical Examiner Facility. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Facilities Management Project Manager Dan Wehmueller, who discusses the improvements to safety, accessibility and functionality that the new courthouse brings. He also talks about whether construction is on time and on budget. And, hear from Dr. Diane Peterson, chief medical examiner with the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office, about how medical examiner office construction is going and how the facility and new equipment will improve efficiency.
|00:52||The history of the courthouse project|
|02:40||Safety drives the new design|
|04:16||Once in a generation building|
|05:52||Board of County Commissioners Chair Ed Eilert speaks about the project|
|07:09||Judge Kelly Ryan speaks about the project|
|10:20||What's on tap for the space where the old courthouse sits?|
|13:14||The difference between a medical examiner and a coroner|
|15:01||Progress on the new Medical Examiner's building|
|17:11||Watch the progress of the new county courthouse online|
During our fourth JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re discussing the upcoming 2020 Census. This episode includes a conversation with Deputy Regional Director of the 2020 Census, Dennis Johnson, who discusses why the Census is done and how to ensure you’re working with a real Census worker. Providing Johnson County-specific details are Karen Wulfkuhle and Chris Schneweis who lead the committee that is tasked with coordinating county efforts, in participation with the region, to encourage participation in the Census. They discuss why Census participation is key to ensuring adequate federal funding makes its way to programs and services that impact you. They also provide important information about the ways you can be counted.
|00:57||The history of the census|
|02:35||Responding to the census online|
|05:33||Census workers still needed|
|07:11||The importance of responding to the census|
|09:02||County efforts to make sure everyone gets counted|
|11:59||What the census means for funding in the county|
|15:29||Count Me In JoCo website|
This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert and Johnson County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. They provide details of the 2020 budget and talk about how budget decisions are made. We take a closer look at how the county addresses unexpected expenses and talk about what impact the economy has on the budget process.
|00:54||Board of County Commissioners priorities for budget year 2020|
|01:20||New mental health positions and microtransit pilot|
|02:59||How the budget process gets started|
|03:54||How county staff and commissioners work together to create the budget|
|09:21||Using projections to prepare for unexpected changes|
|13:52||Johnson County’s aging population|
|16:03||Getting involved in local government|
This episode includes a discussion with Johnson County Health and Environment (DHE) WIC Program Manager Laura Grimmett, DHE Health Services Division Director Nancy Tausz and Mental Health Team Leader Renee Van Meter. They provide valuable information for parents about helping children eat nutritious meals and snacks on a budget. They also share the very latest on new vaccination requirements. You’ll learn about anxiety in children and hear from an area student about the importance of building a strong peer support system.
This episode includes a discussion with Park and Recreation District Executive Director Jill Geller and Bill Maasen, superintendent of Johnson County parks and golf courses. They share details about the new inclusive playground, the best places to get kids involved in golf, the new electric bicycle pilot, Geller’s recent decision to move on from the county and more.
|01:56||Closing dates for Johnson County Aquatics Centers|
|02:53||Locations of new inclusive playgrounds|
|04:17||Opening of new Meadowbrook Park|
|05:33||Where are the golf courses managed by Johnson County Park and Recreation Department?|
|06:26||Location of county's disc golf courses|
|07:42||50th season of Theatre in the Park|
|10:18||e-bikes and bike share programs at JCPRD|
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.
Theresa 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.