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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: December 27, 2019

Community Liaison appointed to Affordable Housing Advisory Board

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Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen recently appointed Community Liaison Christina Gentry to serve on the city’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board.

Christina said she’s honored Larsen selected her and that on the advisory board she would be able...

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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Federal Tobacco 21 legislation likely an important "floor-level" protection for youth

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With Congress electing to include raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 to purchase all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, those who have worked on local Tobacco 21 policies said the development at the federal level is significant and that...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Longtime Clinic Supervisor retires after 23 years of building many relationships

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When Clinic Supervisor Kathy Colson last April was named the recipient of the Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award, she talked about her job interview with the award’s namesake, Kay, who asked her if she viewed the nursing position...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

New CMA enjoys working with people, helping them

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When Ange Ericksen started as a new Certified Medical Assistant on Nov. 25, she was a familiar face around the Health Department’s Clinic.

Ange had served most recently as Heartland Community Health Center’s medication program assistant...

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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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