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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Health Board welcomes two new appointed members

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In April we were pleased to welcome newly appointed members to the Lawrence-Douglas County Board of Health — Erica Hill and Hugh Carter.

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Erica Hill-Skar graduated from the University of Kansas with an undergraduate degree in Human Biolo...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Health Board recognizes past chair, outgoing member

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New Health Board Chair Michael Williams during the May regular meeting recognized 2019-20 Board Chair Stephen Fawcett for leading the board during the past year as well as outgoing Board Member Shannon Oury.

“You have provided a great model withi...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Analysts: ‘Working behind the scenes’ on COVID-19

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As Douglas County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has consumed much attention, it’s also been an opportunity for the community to see the work and hear from those who often aren’t in the public spotlight. 

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

On frontlines of COVID-19 response, nurses swab patients

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During a hectic time in mid-March, as the Douglas County was seeing some of its first cases of COVID-19, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health nurses donned personal protective equipment, met approaching vehicles in the parking lot and swabbed patients wh...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

New Public Health Nurse is grateful to help those in his community

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During his seven years as a nurse at Via Christi in Manhattan in a wound care clinic, Zac Nehring saw painful reminders daily of disparities in the health care system.

“People have wounds that can be acute, or they can be incredibly chronic. The ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Public Health operates COVID-19 testing site in east Lawrence

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Operating a screening and testing site in east Lawrence is an effort by Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to streamline its approach to COVID-19 screenings requested by local healthcare providers and...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

FAQs for Reopening Phase 2

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Gov. Laura Kelly has presented her detailed framework for a phased-in approach to begin reopening the state. Currently, Douglas County has completely aligned with the Governor’s plan, which will move to Phase 2 on May 22.

Anyone with que...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Public Health reopening clinic services suspended during COVID-19 pandemic

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LAWRENCE – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has reopened limited clinic services by available appointment to help treat patients, including those experiencing sexually transmitted diseases and to give immunizations. 

All visits will...

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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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