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  1. Candidate Health Forum

    See where Lawrence candidates stand on Tobacco 21, addressing health inequities

    During a Lawrence City Commission Candidate forum on Sept. 12 co-sponsored by the Health Department and LMH Health, candidates discussed their views on the city's role in health policies. Read on...
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    Kansas has multiple severe respiratory illnesses possibly related to vaping

    The CDC is providing consultation to health departments across the country about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette, or vaping, product use primarily among adolescents and young adults. There are four reports of possible Kansas cases. Read on...
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    Workplace Gardens: Benefitting the Environment and Your Health

    Since early this year, members of the Health Department’s Garden Committee have worked hard to establish a community garden and collaborated with Community Health Facility partner organizations. Read on...
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    Marginalized Douglas County residents identify barriers to quality employment

    As part of the Healthy Communities Initiative, Douglas County community members illustrate barriers they face in obtaining and maintain employment beyond a minimum wage and how it can influence their health. Read on...
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    Hepatitis A and Meningitis vaccines now required for 2019-20 School Year

    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. Read on...
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    Kansas Supreme Court OKs local Tobacco 21 policies

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

    Douglas County and eight community agencies now offer residents a new online resource for wellness and mental health. Read on...
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    Community Forum Focuses on Vaping Among Youth

    Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes or vapes, have become extremely popular among young people in recent years, and Douglas County residents came together on June 17 for a forum to discuss this public health issue. Read on...
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    Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

    If residents see a bat — dead or alive — inside a home or an apartment, it is important to contact the Health Department for medical guidance. The most common way for people to get rabies is through contact with a bat. Read on...
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