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Posted on: February 18, 2020

New senior analyst sees connections in public health, environmental health data

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Aihua Zhu recalls growing up in northwestern China in the Gobi Desert and experiencing dust storms that often made it difficult to breath. 

It was her first recognition of how the environment can influence people’s health, and as a new S...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Administrative Offices now offer kiosk system to connect visitors

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The reception area of the Health Department’s administrative office now includes a kiosk system to connect clients, visitors and community members with the specific staff member who can help them. 

The kiosk system on a tablet allows vis...

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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Providers urged to take prevention, treatment steps regarding syphilis cases

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Due to the recent increasing rates of syphilis nationally and in Kansas, healthcare providers in Douglas County are encouraged to take steps in both prevention and treatment of the sexually transmitted disease.

In recent months, the Centers for Disease Con...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Once a Healthy Families client, Frendida seeks to give back in new role

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When Frendida Zamora’s family moved to Lawrence in May of 2007, she was pregnant with her son, and many things for the family were in flux.

“I didn’t have a job or health insurance. It was too expensive to get on my husband&am...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

New Clinic Manager is excited to educate patients in public health clinic setting

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Theresa Condiff has spent 20 years in her career mostly as a nurse in emergency rooms, including at the University of Kansas Hospital in her hometown of Kansas City.

While she’s experienced the satisfaction of helping people who have immediate he...

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Posted on: December 27, 2019

Douglas County advances in prestigious Culture of Health Prize consideration

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Douglas County has advanced to the next round in the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

Out of 136 applicants, we are one of only 35 to reach Phase II.

The annual prize elevates the compelling stories of community members through...

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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Marginalized Douglas County residents identify barriers to quality employment

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“Implicit bias is so powerful. Immediately you walk up, and people are already making assumptions about you.” 

 “I’m who I am, but I can’t be completely who I am because of who I work with.” 

 "Because I'm a woman of...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Kansas Supreme Court OKs local Tobacco 21 policies

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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.

“It’s really exciting because the Supreme Court clear...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Douglas County, Health Department offering new online resource for wellness, mental health

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Douglas County and eight community agencies now offer residents a new online resource for wellness and mental health. Livongo for Behavioral Health by myStrength, an innovative leader in digital behavioral health care, provides digital self-care resources...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Community Forum Focuses on Vaping Among Youth

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Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes or vapes, have become extremely popular among young people in recent years. The National Youth Tobacco Survey showed an alarming 78% increase in vaping from just 11% in 2017 to 20.8% in 2018.

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has recently received an increase in the number of calls regarding bats. Public health officials urge residents to take precaution if they encounter them because bats are the main cause of human rabies cases i...

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