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March 9, 2017 State health department urges Kansans to take precautions to prevent mumps (PDF)
As of March 4, 56 mumps cases have been reported in Kansas across multiple counties, including Douglas County. Anybody with symptoms of mumps should isolate themselves and call their health care providers.
Feb. 27, 2017 Public invited to honor Health Champions during April 7 breakfast (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Adam and Rachel Rolf and Evan Jorn as the 2017 Douglas County Health Champions during a community breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. April 7 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St.
Jan. 23, 2017 Health Department seeks nominations for Health Champion awards (PDF)
Director Dan Partridge encourages individuals to take the opportunity to nominate their favorite health champions for the Douglas County Health Champion award. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 15, and the nomination form can be found at ldchealth.org.
Jan. 6, 2017 Mumps cases reported in Douglas, Johnson counties (PDF)
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (LDCHD) are investigating eight cases of mumps associated with the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Jan. 4, 2017 Health Department identifies case of mumps in Lawrence (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have identified one case of mumps in Lawrence. Since mid-December, they also have investigated nine individuals who exhibited mumps-like symptoms, but the illnesses were not confirmed by a laboratory test. All of the individuals investigated are University of Kansas students.
Dec. 12, 2016 Tips to avoid cold weather-related illnesses (PDF)
With temperatures below freezing, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages residents to exercise caution when outdoors. Director of Clinic Services Kim Ens, a registered nurse, said serious health problems could result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common problems are frostbite and hypothermia.
Nov. 14, 2016 Health Department offers Freedom From Smoking program (PDF)
For the first time, the Health Department is offering a “Freedom From Smoking” program for parents who smoke and want to quit, and it offers an $85 incentive for those who complete it.
Oct. 24, 2016 Health Issues Survey to help develop priorities in Douglas County (PDF)
Douglas County leaders are taking a comprehensive look at the health of our community through a process called the community health assessment, which includes compiling health data, convening focus groups and distributing a Health Issues Survey.
Sept. 27, 2016 Agencies to raise awareness about prevention of child sexual abuse (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center, Kansas Children’s Service League and the Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force want to put a spotlight on prevention of child sexual abuse and how everyone plays a role in protecting children.
Sept. 19, 2016 Health Department recommends vaccination to prevent flu (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu, a contagious respiratory illness.
Aug. 29, 2016 Health Department launches new program to help strengthen fathers (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is launching a new Healthy Dads
Healthy Families program to help fathers who want to connect and provide for their children.
July 25, 2016 Breastfeeding coalition to host local Global Latch On event (PDF)
For the first time, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County will join the “Global
Big Latch On,” a synchronized breastfeeding event held in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7. The coalition’s goal is to raise awareness about the community support available for breastfeeding.
July 11, 2016 Heartland to offer primary care services at Health Department (PDF)
Heartland Community Health Center will begin offering primary care services in late August in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s clinic, 200 Maine St. These services are not currently offered at the Health Department. The goal is to make it more convenient for residents to access primary care services.
May 13, 2016 Health Department to host displays of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, kickoff event (PDF)
Six sections of the world-renowned AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in June in Lawrence. The Quilt, a 54-ton handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals who have died from AIDS, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the largest community art project in the world.
May 9, 2016 Community invited to participate in Poverty Simulation workshop (PDF)
A handful of local agencies are hosting a unique workshop for residents to learn more about poverty in Douglas County through role playing and group discussions. Workshop participants also will explore action that can be taken to address poverty in the community.
April 26, 2016 Families encouraged to participate in Bike to School Day on May 4 (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages students to walk or bike to school May 4 in celebration of National Bike to School Day. Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
March 23, 2016 Public invited to honor Health Champions Linda Cottin and Marilyn Hull (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Linda Cottin and Marilyn Hull as the 2016 Douglas County Health Champions during a community breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. April 8 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The event is open to the public and is part of the Health Department’s celebration of National Public Health Week. The program begins at 8 a.m.
March 21, 2016 Lawrence schools participate in BikeWalkKC BLAST program (PDF)
More than 300 fourth- and fifth-graders at four Lawrence elementary schools have participated in the Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training (BLAST) program this month. BLAST, coordinated by BikeWalkKC, is a bicycle safety training that is taught through physical education classes at schools in the Kansas City region. BikeWalkKC has three mobile classrooms that travel to schools, and they are equipped with helmets and mountain bikes.
March 16, 2016 Report ranks Douglas County as eighth healthiest in Kansas (PDF)
Douglas County is the eighth healthiest county in Kansas for the third consecutive year, according to the County Health Rankings report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. When it comes to health outcomes — length of life and quality of life — Douglas County has ranked among the state’s Top 10 counties since the report was first published in 2010.
March 10, 2016 KDHE announces first confirmed case of Zika virus in Kansas (PDF)
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the first person in the state to test positive for Zika virus. The individual is an adult from southwest Kansas and has travel history to a country with local Zika virus transmission. The person subsequently developed an illness consistent with Zika virus infection and was tested per guidance from CDC and KDHE.
March 9, 2016 Health Department reports increase in diarrheal illnesses in Lawrence (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s communicable disease nurses continue to receive reports of highly contagious diarrheal illnesses, such as shigellosis and norovirus, in Lawrence. There have been cases of illness in day care centers, a fraternity, retirement homes and a community event during the past month.
March 9, 2016 Health Department sponsors contest, bike parade to promote Bike to School Day (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is looking for Safe Routes superstars to share what biking means to them for a chance to win a free trip to the Youth Bike Summit.
The Health Department is accepting essay/poem, artwork or video entries from Douglas County students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades sharing what they enjoy about biking, the best local places to bike and how biking helps the environment. Grand prize winners will receive a free trip for them and a parent/guardian to the Youth Bike Summit May 27-29 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The
deadline for entries is 5 p.m. April 1.
Feb. 23, 2016 Health Department reports increase in shigellosis cases in Douglas County (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to be mindful about good hand-washing to help prevent spread of shigellosis, a highly contagious disease that causes diarrhea. When sick, it’s important to stay home from work, school and day care.
Since Jan. 31, the Health Department has investigated 12 cases of shigellosis in Douglas County. The county had three cases in 2015 and three cases in 2014.
Feb. 1, 2016 Health Department offering free vending assessments for employers (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering free vending assessments to employers in Douglas County in partnership with WorkWell Lawrence, a group of community members working to improve health in the workplace.
Feb. 1, 2016 Health Department seeks nominations for Health Champion awards (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Douglas County residents who model, encourage and promote health in the community during National Public Health Week, April 4-10.
Dec. 8, 2015 Health Department to facilitate listening sessions for state tobacco plan (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will facilitate two one-hour listening sessions next week to get public input on a statewide tobacco control plan.
Douglas County residents are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions:
• Monday, Dec. 14 — 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Community Health Facility, first floor meeting room, 200 Maine St., Lawrence.
• Wednesday, Dec. 16 — 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, meeting room B, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence.
Nov. 30, 2015 Health Department urges residents to get tested for HIV (PDF)
In conjunction with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. The Health Department offers free, confidential HIV counseling and testing in its clinic at 200 Maine St. No appointment is necessary. Testing is provided on a walk-in basis during clinic hours.
Nov. 16, 2015 Health Department encourages smokers to participate in Great American Smokeout (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages people to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 19. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United
States. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths annually, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nov. 6, 2015 LiveWell Lawrence to host celebration breakfast PDF
LiveWell Lawrence will mark its seventh anniversary with a celebration breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Eldridge Hotel Ballroom, 701 Massachusetts St. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Douglas County Community Foundation. LiveWell Lawrence is coordinated by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Oct. 8, 2015 Healthy Families Douglas County receives national accreditation (PDF)
Healthy Families Douglas County, an intensive parent support program offered through the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, has received national accreditation through Healthy Families America.
Oct. 6, 2015 Health Department to offer flu shots in area communities (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer flu shots during community clinics in Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton this month. The Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu, a contagious respiratory illness. Influenza can cause mild to severe symptoms and can lead to death.
Oct. 2, 2015 Students, parents encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages students to walk or bike to school Oct. 7 in celebration of International Walk to School Day. Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Oct. 1, 2015 Health Department launches FuelGood brand (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and LiveWell Lawrence will launch the FuelGood brand today to help Douglas County residents identify healthy food and beverage options in public spaces such as concession stands and vending machines.
Sept. 21, 2015 Health Department recommends vaccination to prevent flu (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu, a contagious respiratory illness.
Sept. 15, 2015 Health Department offering ‘Tools for Better Health’ workshops (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a new seven-week workshop called “Tools For Better Health.” The workshop helps residents who have chronic illnesses manage their health and get back to living a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Aug. 5, 2015 USDA recognizes LDCHD for exemplary support for breastfeeding mothers (PDF)
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is recognizing exemplary local agencies with the WIC Loving Support Awards of Excellence. Agencies could apply for the honor based on their breastfeeding performance measures, effective peer counseling programs, and community partnerships. Out of 1,900 WIC agencies nationwide, 55 qualified for the award including the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s WIC program.
July 21, 2015 LDCHD seeking community members to lead ‘Tools for Better Health’ workshops (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is looking for community members to lead “Tools for Better Health” workshops. The workshops help Douglas County residents who have one or more chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes live a healthier life.
“Chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled, but not cured,” Kim Ens, Director of Clinic Services, said. “Group leaders can provide support and information to help participants manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.” Workshop topics include: techniques to deal with problems such as isolation, frustration and pain; exercise; nutrition; appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family and doctors; decision-making; and how to evaluate new treatments.
There are no specific education or experience requirements for group leaders.
For more information or to apply to become a group leader, visit the Health Department’s website at ldchealth.org/TFBH or contact Health Promotion Specialist Rebecca Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-843-3060. The deadline to apply is Aug. 7.
July 9, 2015 Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has received an increased number of calls regarding bats this summer. If residents see a bat — dead or alive — inside a home or an apartment, it is important to contact the Health Department at 785-843-0721 and ask for a Communicable Disease nurse for guidance.
June 24, 2015 Lawrence is first to earn Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation (PDF)
Lawrence is the first community in Kansas to receive the Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. The designation recognizes communities that provide breastfeeding support across multiple sectors including businesses, employers, hospitals, child care providers and peer support.
June 4, 2015 Community invited to celebrate Health Department's national accreditation (PDF)
The City of Lawrence and Douglas County invite the public to join them in recognizing the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department in achieving national accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board. The Community Celebration will be 5-6 p.m. June 18 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. There will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and the program will start at 5:30 p.m.
May 27, 2015 Health Department offering workshop June 10 for community decision-makers (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a workshop “Integrating Health into Community Decision-making” in collaboration with the Kansas Health Institute and the Oregon Public Health Institute. The workshop will be from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 10 at Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth Street. There is no cost and lunch is provided.
May 14, 2015 Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department awarded national accreditation (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s public health departments.
“By receiving accredited status, the Health Department has reached an important milestone,” Director Dan Partridge said. “Our pursuit of accreditation has always been grounded in service to our community and the belief that by becoming accredited we would increase our understanding of local health concerns, strengthen our community partnerships and ultimately achieve better health outcomes.”
May 7, 2015 Health Department conducting first assessment of tobacco retail in Douglas County (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is working with Yvonnes Chen, a University of Kansas journalism professor, to conduct the first assessment of tobacco and e-cigarette retail environments in Douglas County. Staff members are surveying about 90 stores that have a tobacco and e-cigarette license to determine if they are marketing to youth.
The assessments take about 15 minutes each and look at items such as the cost of a pack of cigarettes, variety of smokeless tobacco products and the location of advertising inside and outside the stores. The assessments are expected to be complete by June 1 and the results will be shared with the community.
April 27, 2015 Health Department urges families to participate in Bike to School Day (PDF)
he Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages students to walk or bike to school May 6 in celebration of National Bike to School Day. Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity. “The research is pretty clear that kids who walk and bike to school are more active. They will be healthier and perform better in school,” said Community Health Director Chris Tilden.
March 25, 2015 Report ranks Douglas County as eighth healthiest in Kansas (PDF)
Douglas County is the eighth healthiest county in Kansas, the same as last year, according to the County Health Rankings report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. When it comes to health outcomes — length of life and quality of life — Douglas County has ranked among the state’s Top 10 counties since the report was first published in 2010.
March 17, 2015 Certified bicycle instructor training offered in Lawrence for first time (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the City of Lawrence have partnered to bring the League of American Bicyclists’ League Certified Instructor (LCI) Training to Lawrence for the first time.
The training, June 5-7, is open to Douglas County residents, ages 18 and older. Those who earn certification are considered experts in bicycle education and safety, and will be able to teach:
• Basic- to college-level bicycle skills and safety
• Motorist education courses
• Group riding skills
• Commuting skills for work and school
March 16, 2015 Public invited to honor Douglas County Health Champions (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Rick Martin and Di Xie as the 2015 Douglas County Health Champions during a community breakfast April 10.
The breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The event is open to the public and is part of the Health Department’s celebration of National Public Health Week.
Health Board Chair Maley Wilkins said Martin and Xie are being honored for their significant efforts to model, encourage and promote health in the community. “Our Champions have touched thousands of lives through their efforts to encourage healthy eating. We hope residents will join us in thanking them for their contributions.”
March 16, 2015 Public invited to 'Safe Routes for All' town hall meeting (PDF)
The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition and the Lawrence- Douglas County Health Department are hosting a “Safe Routes for All” town hall meeting 7-9 p.m. March 25 at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of having bicycle and pedestrian transportation infrastructure that is safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.
March 11, 2015 Public invited to City Commission candidate forum (PDF)
The public is invited to a Lawrence City Commission candidate forum 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The forum will focus on the community health plan, “Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County,” that has been adopted by the City of Lawrence as a guiding document for policy, system and environmental changes.
February 24, 2015 Health Department to launch 'Willow Comes to WIC' program (PDF)
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will launch a new “Willow Comes to WIC” program March 2 to teach young children and their families about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. The launch is in conjunction with National Nutrition Month.
February 12, 2015 Health Department to Provide Community Clinics for Measles Vaccination (PDF)
January 2, 2015 Lawrence Safe Routes to School Community Meeting Set for January 14 (PDF)
December 29, 2014 Health Department, Bert Nash Team Up to Help Residents Manage Their Diabetes (PDF)
December 11, 2014 Local Family to Host Yoga Fundraiser to Help Residents Pay for Vaccinations (PDF)
November 26, 2014 Health Department Offers Free HIV Testing in Community-Part of World AIDS Day (PD
November 18, 2014 Health Department Encourage Smokers to Participate in Great American Smokeout (PD
November 17, 2014 LiveWell Lawrence to Host Celebration Breakfast (PDF)
November 12, 2014 Health Department Recognized for Significant Contributions to Communities (PDF)
November 7, 2014 City Receives Grant Funds for Safe Routes to Schools Program (PDF)
September 26, 2014 Health Department Urges Flu Vaccination Along With Family Who Lost Loved One (PDF
September 25, 2014 Health Department Awarded $1.3 Million to Reduce Chronic Diseases in County (PDF
September 16, 2014 Safe Routes to School Initiative to Kick Off With Presentation September 29 (PDF)
July 31, 2014 Health Organizations Hosting Movie Premiere of "Breastmilk" (PDF)
June 9, 2014 County AIDS Project to Transfer Services, Programs to Local Health Organization (PDF)
April 24, 2014 Health Department Offers Grocery Store Tours, Help Families Buy Nutritious Food (PDF
March 26, 2014 County Moves Up 1 Spot to Number 8 in Health Rankings, Room to Improve Remain (PDF)
March 18, 2014 Public Invited to Honor Douglas County Health Champions (PDF)
January 30, 2014 Health Department, KU Launch Website to Track Community Health (PDF)
January 27, 2014 Health Department Seeks Nominations for Health Champion Awards (PDF)
December 27, 2013 LMH Urges Precautions as Flu Cases on Rise (PDF)
November 20, 2013 Health Department/LiveWell Lawrence Forms Work Group to Focus on Tobacco Use (PDF
October 21, 2013 Complete Streets Topic of Public Meetings Thursday (PDF)
October 17, 2013 Health Department to Provide Community Flu Clinics (PDF)
October 8, 2013 LiveWell Lawrence to Celebrate 5th Anniversary (PDF)
September 16, 2013 Citizen Emergency Preparedness Class Offered September 21 (PDF)
September 4, 2013 WorkWell Lawrence Symposium Scheduled for September 10 (PDF)
August 5, 2013 Immunizations Protect Against Serious Diseases, Recommended Throughout Lives (PDF)
July 24, 2013 Breast-Feeding Peer Support Group to Celebrate 2nd Birthday (PDF)
July 11, 2013 Health Department Receives National Model Practice Award (PDF)
July 1, 2013 Health Department Seeing Increase in Tick-Related Illnesses (PDF)
June 26, 2013 KU, Health Department launch Academic Health Department (PDF)
June 26, 2013 Health Department Receives $75,000 Grant to Improve Access to Healthy Foods (PDF)
April 18, 2013 Douglas County Leaders to Review Community Health Plan (PDF)
March 25, 2013 Public Invited to Honor Douglas County Health Champions (PDF)
March 20, 2013 Douglas County Drops in Health Rankings Despite Improvements (PDF)
March 12, 2013 Health Department to Host 1st Cookin With WIC Event (PDF)
February 28, 2013 Health Department Seeks Nominations for Champion Awards (PDF)
January 7, 2013 Health Agencies to Host Legislative Forum January 10 (PDF)
January 3, 2013 Health Department Acquires Healthy Families Program (PDF)
December 18, 2012 Health Department Announces Holiday Closings (PDF)
December 5, 2012 Website Redesign (PDF)
November 28, 2012 Health Department Announces Closures for Training (PDF)
November 20, 2012 Health Department Director Elected Board President (PDF)
November 14, 2012 Health Department Welcomes New Employees (PDF)
November 13, 2012 Increasing Use of Kansas Tobacco Quitline (PDF)
November 9, 2012 Pertussis Cases Persist in Douglas County (PDF)
August 1, 2012 Breastfeeding Support Group Celebrates 1st Birthday (PDF)
July 26, 2012 Tips From Former Smokers Campaign (PDF)
July 20, 2012 Pertussis Cases Persist in Douglas County (PDF)