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    Kansas has one severe respiratory illness possibly related to vaping

    The CDC is providing consultation to health departments across the country about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette, or vaping, product use primarily among adolescents and young adults. There is one report of a possible Kansas case. Read on...
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    New Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is passionate about helping families, addressing food insecurity

    As Elena Johnson began in late June as the Health Department’s new Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, she envisioned her experience as a client and her connection to the community driving her new role. Read on...
  3. Christine Ebert

    New WIC supervisor uses nutrition to connect with families

    WIC supervisor Christine Ebert has a variety of experience in helping people with nutrition, healthy habits and helping address food insecurity. Read on...
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    Workplace Gardens: Benefitting the Environment and Your Health

    Since early this year, members of the Health Department’s Garden Committee have worked hard to establish a community garden and collaborated with Community Health Facility partner organizations. Read on...
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    Marginalized Douglas County residents identify barriers to quality employment

    As part of the Healthy Communities Initiative, Douglas County community members illustrate barriers they face in obtaining and maintain employment beyond a minimum wage and how it can influence their health. Read on...
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    Hepatitis A and Meningitis vaccines now required for 2019-20 School Year

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has approved two new vaccines — Meningococcal and Hepatitis A — now required for school-age children for the 2019-20 school year. Read on...
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    Environmental Health staff busy inspecting pools

    The summer months mean the Environmental Health staff of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is busy inspecting nearly 100 pools in the county to ensure the public’s safety and prevent health hazards. Read on...
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    Kansas Supreme Court OKs local Tobacco 21 policies

    The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that local governments could institute ordinances that ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under 21, known as Tobacco 21 legislation. Read on...
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    Health Department urges residents to take precautions against heat

    During the summer, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to take precautions against the heat. Children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions are usually the first to suffer from heat-related illness. Read on...
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    Douglas County, Health Department offering new online resource for wellness, mental health

    Douglas County and eight community agencies now offer residents a new online resource for wellness and mental health. Read on...
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    Community Forum Focuses on Vaping Among Youth

    Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes or vapes, have become extremely popular among young people in recent years, and Douglas County residents came together on June 17 for a forum to discuss this public health issue. Read on...
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    Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

    If residents see a bat — dead or alive — inside a home or an apartment, it is important to contact the Health Department for medical guidance. The most common way for people to get rabies is through contact with a bat. Read on...
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    Health Department sends condolences to family of Dr. Doug Dechairo

    The Lawrence Douglas County Health Department offers condolences to the family of Dr. Douglas Dechairo, who passed away on May 26 after a courageous battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer. Read on...
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    Lawrence teen organizes walk to bring awareness to suicide prevention

    Jordan Ott is organizing the “We Got Your Back – Suicide Awareness Walk” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., March 23, at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Teen Center, 2910 Haskell Ave. in Lawrence Read on...
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