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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Kansas has one severe respiratory illness possibly related to vaping

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing consultation to the departments of health in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette, or vaping, product use primarily...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

New Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is passionate about helping families, addressing food insecurity

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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.

“Being a Native American woman, I think...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

New WIC supervisor uses nutrition to connect with families

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For new WIC supervisor Christine Ebert, she recalls what she thought about early in her career as she pursued becoming a registered dietitian.

“I knew I wanted to help people, and food is one thing that — regardless of race, religion, c...

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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Workplace Gardens: Benefitting the Environment and Your Health

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By Tina Gustafson

Environmental Health Specialist

How far do you think a tomato travels to reach your plate?

Well, on average it’s about 1,500 miles — or halfway across the country. Think about what goes into that long-distance transport — large amounts of f...

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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: July 22, 2019

Hepatitis A and Meningitis vaccines now required for 2019-20 School Year

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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.

“We received many comments and input from all vi...

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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Environmental Health staff busy inspecting pools

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The summer months mean the Environmental Health staff of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is busy inspecting nearly 100 pools monthly in the county to keep swimmers safe. 

Watch this video Environmental Health Specialist Tina...

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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: July 1, 2019

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against heat

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Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities like family picnics, playing in the park and swimming. However, families need to be mindful of the potential dangers that come along with hot, humid temperatures: illnesses related to mosquitoes, ticks, h...

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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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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: March 21, 2019

Lawrence teen organizes walk to bring awareness to suicide prevention

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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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