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Posted on: June 12, 2019

DCCF event to focus on food security and personal health


As one key issue area of the current Douglas County Community Health Plan, conveners in the community are working to create conditions for everyone in Douglas County to achieve food security and have access to a healthy built environment.

When community is...

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Health Department sends condolences to family of Dr. Doug Dechairo

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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.

Dr. Dechairo, as director of Watkins Health Service at the U...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Follow health and safety tips during storm cleanup


For those beginning to clean up debris on your property from Tuesday’s tornado, here are some health and safety tips to follow:

· Dress appropriately. Wear thick soled shoes, long pants and work gloves.

· Before you begin any debris clean up on your propert...

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Posted on: May 30, 2019

Community Forum to Focus on Vaping Among Youth

Juul pen smoke

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: June 11, 2019

WIC nutritionist to retire after 22 years at Health Department

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For more than two decades, Dietitian Linda Rippetoe has been an encouraging voice for Douglas County families who are likely experiencing stressful circumstances.

“People who are going through hard times and they are trying to raise a family,&...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

Growing Concern About Measles


Measles has garnered significant public attention recently as the CDC has identified nine outbreaks — defined as three or more cases —thus far in 2019 in jurisdictions in New York, Michigan, New Jersey, California, Georgia and Maryland. The CDC has linked...

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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Lawrence teen organizes walk to bring awareness to suicide prevention


Lawrence High School junior Jordan Ott recalls feeling many things in the wake of his brother Isaiah’s suicide in 2013.

Jordan, now 17, recalls he was a little bit young to realize exactly what was happening, but it’s a sense of loss th...

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats


The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has received an increase in the number of calls regarding bats. Additionally, the Kansas Departments of Health and Environment and Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have, too.

“Contact with bats is a concer...

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