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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Health Department hires new Disease Investigator Specialist

Jasmine Garland

When Jasmine Garland says she “likes diseases,” she is quick to clarify what she means.

“I like the disease process and working to contain and control it,” she said on Oct. 15 her first day with the Health Department...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

New certified medical assistant looks to do more

Chanell Dudley

For Chanell Dudley in recent years she often saw parents and families in a time of high anxiety as she helped perform newborn hearing screenings on NICU babies in Kansas City area hospitals.

The experiences taught her a lot about doing her best to help tho...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

New Healthy Dads specialist sees helping families as 'a calling'

Zach Carter

When Zach Carter with his brother-in-law decided earlier this year to dissolve their local contracting company, for his next job he was looking to focus on something that could be a long-term fit.

Amid sorting through hundreds of postings, he noticed the H...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Kansas has multiple severe respiratory illnesses 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 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: 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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