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Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
Vision: The Innovative Leader for Community Health and Environmental Protection.
Mission: To Protect the Health and Environment, Prevent Disease and Promote Wellness for All who Live, Work and Play in Johnson County through Exceptional Public Service.

Department News

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Olathe walk-in clinic services limited on Nov. 24; closed Nov. 25-26
November 15, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's Olathe walk-in clinic will only offer immunizations on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. No other walk-in services will be offered that day. The walk-in clinic will be closed Nov. 25-26 in observance of Thanksgiving. 

Elizabeth Holzschuh named to de Beaumont Foundation's 40 under 40 in Public Health
September 14, 2021

Congratulations to Elizabeth Holzschuh, director of epidemiology, for being named to de Beaumont Foundation's 40 under 40 in Public Health. This award recognizes rising leaders who are improving the health of their communities. Learn more: https://debeaumont.org/40-under-40/elizabeth-holzschuh/

KDHE seeks public comment on remediation proposal
September 7, 2021

Public Notice for Draft-Statements of Basis Areas of Concern 18, 19, 20, and 21 Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, DeSoto, Kansas

Publication Date September 2, 2021

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is soliciting public comments regarding a remediation proposal for No Further Corrective Action Planned for four sites at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant (SFAAP) near De Soto, Kansas. The Sites of interest are Area of Concern (AOC) 18 Potential Trench Disposal Area, AOC 19 Trench Disposal Area A4, AOC 20 Potential Trench Disposal Pit Area and AOC 21 Trench Disposal Area A6. KDHE will select a final remedy for the sites after reviewing and considering all information submitted during a 45-day public comment period of September 2 through October 14, 2021. The Draft Statements of Basis (SB) presents KDHE’s preferred alternatives for the sites; however, KDHE may modify the alternative or select another response action based on new information or public comments.

The Draft SB documents and other information on the cleanup for the Sites are available for public review at the KDHE office in Topeka by contacting Margaret Townsend, Unit Chief at (785) 296-8801. Also, KDHE established a webpage dedicated to the Sunflower Site which includes the Administrative record for these sites. The KDHE website is available during the comment period at: http://kdheks.gov/remedial/federal_facilities/SunflowerAAP.html .

KDHE will accept written comments on the SFAAP AOC 18 draft SB, AOC 19 draft SB, AOC 20 draft SB, and AOC 21 draft SB from September 2 through October 14, 2021. A public meeting is not scheduled at this time but may be held virtually or in person if the public requests one in writing with a statement of issues to be discussed.

Public comments on the Draft SBs may be submitted to KDHE in writing during the 45 day period at the address listed below, or by electronic mail (email) [email protected].

Comments sent by mail must be postmarked by October 14, 2021 and emails also must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2021. All comments that are received by KDHE prior to the end of the public comment period will be addressed by KDHE in the Responsiveness Summary Section of the Final Decision and Response to Comments document.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Environmental Remediation 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 410 Topeka, KS 6612


Walk-in clinic hours limited August 9-13, 2021
August 5, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's walk-in clinic in Olathe will have limited hours the week of August 9-13, 2021 so our staff can support our ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. If you need family planning services or STD testing/treatment, please visit us on Tuesday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. These services will only be offered on Tuesday this week. Immunizations will be available Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to Noon. Regular clinic hours will resume on Aug. 16.

If you would like a COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.jocogov.org/covid-19-vaccine

Breastfeeding Awareness Walk on Aug. 3
August 2, 2021

Breastfeeding mothers, babies and their families/supporters are invited to join the Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. for a breastfeeding awareness walk. The ceremonial walk will celebrate and bring attention to breastfeeding families and their supporters as part of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7). Those participating will meet at the WIC Community Garden located east of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment building at 11875 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. Attendees will walk a loop around the health department campus and nearby neighborhoods. Water and goodies will be available. The event will conclude around 5 p.m.

Immunization clinic closing at 2 p.m. on July 29
July 23, 2021

The Immunizations clinic at JCDHE's Olathe location (11875 S. Sunset Drive) will close at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Immunizations will be available from 8 a.m. - 12 noon on Friday, July 30th at the Olathe site.

KDHE seeks public comments on KanCare amendment
July 8, 2021

State of Kansas
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Division of Health Care Finance
Public Notice

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Division of Health Care Finance (DHCF), requests approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to amend the 1115 Demonstration waiver, KanCare, in order to adopt twelve-month continuous eligibility for parents and other caretaker adults. Since this amendment would allow parents and other caretaker adults to remain eligible for a longer period, KDHE believes that there will be a favorable impact on beneficiaries.

The proposed effective date of the amendment is January 1, 2022.

Comment Process
The full public notice statement and complete version of the proposed amendment for review can be found at https://www.kancare.ks.gov/home

Draft copies of the proposed amendment may also be found at a Local Health Department (LHD) or at the front desk of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Division of Health Care Finance, at the address below. Locate the nearest LHD by visiting this website

Question or comments may be addressed to Kurt Weiter, KDHE/Division of Health Care Finance, 900 S.W. Jackson Street, Room 900-N, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1220, or email [email protected].

Those needing accessibility assistance to review or respond to the proposed amendment may also contact Kurt Weiter by phone (785)-296-8623 or at the e-mail above.

Public comments may be submitted from July 8, 2021 until midnight on August 9, 2021.

Sarah Fertig
State Medicaid Director
Division of Health Care Finance
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Walk-in Clinic Closed April 20-23, 2021
April 19, 2021

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment's walk-in clinic in Olathe will be closed April 20-23 so our staff can support our ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The Mission clinic remains closed. We will reopen on Monday, April 26 if you need an immunization, family planning services or STD testing/treatment. If you would like to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine this week, visit www.jocogov.org/covidvaccine.


Upcoming Events

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Mon, 11/29/2021 - 8:00am

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (Mission)

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 1:00pm

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (Mission)

Wed, 12/01/2021 - 8:00am

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (Mission)

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 8:00am

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (Mission)

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 8:00am

COVID-19 Testing

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