Health Department to offer flu vaccination clinics in area communities in October

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will offer flu shots in Douglas County communities in October. The Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu, a contagious respiratory illness. ...

Health Department accepting enrollment for family-based sex education course for preteens

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/23/310511/ The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is accepting enrollment for a co-ed family-based sexuality education course called [“Kids Need to Know.”][1] The course assists parents of children in fifth and sixth grades in their efforts to be the primary sexuality educators for their children. A parent attends each class with ...

Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition to host screening of 'The Listeners,' candlelight vigil Sept. 1

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/sep/01/310043/ The [Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition][1] will host a screening of “The Listeners,” a documentary that follows new volunteers at Lawrence-based [Headquarters Counseling Center.][2] The screening will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont. The event is being held in recognition of ...

Young Parents Group offers opportunities for support, playtime

Karrey Britt

Young Parents Group meets twice a month in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's clinic waiting room, 200 Maine St., to socialize, share ideas, support one another and simply have fun. The group is for Douglas County residents who are 25 and younger and who are expecting a child or are ...

Health Department offering free HIV testing today in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day

Karrey Britt

In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. The Health Department is offering testing today, June 27: • 10 a.m.-noon — Lawrence Community Shelter, 3701 Franklin Park Circle • 5-7 p.m. — Lawrence Pubic ...

Health Department to host kickoff event June 2 for The AIDS Memorial Quilt displays in Lawrence

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/may/24/307552/ Six sections of the world-renowned [AIDS Memorial Quilt][1] will be on display in June in Lawrence. The Quilt, a 54-ton handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals who have died from AIDS, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and remains the ...

Health Department offering orientation class May 10 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

Douglas County residents, who are interested in learning about operating a child care home or center, are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During ...

Join the Bike Parade to celebrate Earth Day

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/20/306344/ Grab your helmet and join the [Be Active Safe Routes][1] team in riding your bicycle in the 16th annual [Lawrence Earth Day Celebration Parade][2] on Saturday, April 23! The group is meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Seventh and Kentucky streets. The parade starts at 11 a.m. ...

Linda Cottin, Marilyn Hull to be recognized as Health Champions during community breakfast Friday

Karrey Britt

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Linda Cottin and Marilyn Hull as the 2016 Douglas County Health Champions during a community breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. April 8 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The event is open to the public and is part of ...

Breastfeeding support group to have Clothes Swap Wednesday at Health Department

Karrey Britt

Breast Is Best Social, or B.I.B.S., will have a Clothes Swap from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], 200 Maine St. There will be maternity, infant and toddler clothes and small equipment. "Residents are welcome to bring items, but they do not ...

Health Department sponsors contest, bike parade to promote Bike to School Day

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/mar/11/304606/ The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is looking for Safe Routes superstars to share what biking means to them for a chance to win a free trip to the [Youth Bike Summit][1]. The Health Department is accepting essay/poem, artwork or video entries from Douglas County students in sixth, seventh and ...

Deadline is Friday to submit nomination for Douglas County Health Champion award

Karrey Britt

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will recognize Douglas County residents who model, encourage and promote health in the community during National Public Health Week, April 4-10. Director Dan Partridge encourages individuals to take the opportunity to nominate their favorite health champions for these awards. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, ...

Health Department offering family-based sex education course for girls

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/feb/29/304015/ Parents need and want to be involved in the sexuality education of their children, but often do not know how to discuss it at age-appropriate levels. “Kids Need to Know,” the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s family-based sexuality education program, is geared for fifth- and sixth-graders. Reproductive body parts and ...

Health Department offering orientation class Feb. 9 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

Douglas County residents, who are interested in learning about operating a child care home or center, are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During ...

Young Parents Group offers opportunities for support, playtime

Karrey Britt

Young Parents Group meets twice a month in the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]'s clinic waiting room, 200 Maine St., to socialize, share ideas, support one another and simply have fun. The group is for Douglas County residents who are 21 and younger and who are expecting a child or are ...

Health Department offering orientation class Jan. 12 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/oct/08/297673/ Douglas County residents, who are interested in learning about operating a child care home or center, are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing orientation class.][1] The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. ...

'Tools for Better Health' workshops available for residents with chronic conditions

Karrey Britt

Do you have a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or depression? Do you have a New Year's resolution to improve your health? If you answered yes, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages you to consider enrolling in an upcoming “Tools for Better Health” workshop. “Tools for ...

'Tools for Better Health' workshops available for residents with chronic illnesses

Karrey Britt

Do you have a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure? Do you have a New Year's resolution to improve your health? If you answered yes, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages you to consider enrolling in an upcoming [“Tools for Better Health”][2] workshop. “Tools for Better ...

Market Match offers holiday bonus for food stamp recipients at farmers' markets

Karrey Britt

[Market Match][1], the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollar-for-dollar matching program, will be doubling its commitment to SNAP shoppers this holiday season. All season long, participants in SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, received up to $25 in matching funds to spend on fresh produce, meats, eggs, and dairy at ...

Public encouraged to provide input on statewide tobacco control plan during listening sessions

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will facilitate two one-hour listening sessions next week to get public input on a statewide tobacco control plan. Douglas County residents are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions: • **Monday, Dec. 14** — 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Community Health Facility, first floor meeting room, ...

Health Department offering orientation class Dec. 8 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/08/292576/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Kansas Health Department trains health care providers to help patients quit tobacco

Karrey Britt

The [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][1] (KDHE) offers a free online training for health care providers on ways to help their patients quit tobacco. The course, which can be found on [www.kstobaccointervention.org][2], follows best practice guidelines for health care providers to help patients quit tobacco and can be used ...

Breastfeeding support group to celebrate Halloween during tonight's meeting at Health Department

Karrey Britt

The Douglas County breastfeeding support group, called [Breast Is Best Social or B.I.B.S.,][1] meets at 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 28, at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St. The meeting will have a Halloween theme and parents are encouraged to bring their children in costumes. B.I.B.S. is open to ...

Health Department offering orientation class Oct. 13 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/oct/08/297673/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

'Tools for Better Health' workshops available for residents with chronic illnesses

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/sep/16/296687/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is offering a new seven-week workshop called “Tools For Better Health.” The workshop helps residents who have chronic illnesses manage their health and get back to living a more fulfilling lifestyle. One in four U.S. adults have two or more chronic diseases such as ...

Health Department accepting enrollment for fall family-based sex education classes for preteens

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/sep/13/296606/ Parents need and want to be involved in the sexuality education of their children, but often do not know how to discuss it at age-appropriate levels. [“Kids Need to Know,”][1] the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s family-based sexuality education program, is geared for fifth- and sixth-graders. Reproductive body parts and ...

Health agencies to host Dunk Tank fundraiser Sept. 9 for United Way

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/sep/08/296379/ A handful of Lawrence community health agencies have organized a Dunk Tank fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 9, to raise money for United Way of Douglas County, which mobilizes community resources and builds partnerships to address the human service needs of Douglas County. The fundraiser will be from 11:30 a.m. to ...

Local WIC program earns national recognition for its efforts to support breastfeeding mothers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/aug/06/295075/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's WIC program][1] earned a Loving Support Award of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its efforts to educate and support breastfeeding mothers. “There is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. ...

Health Department offering orientation class Aug. 11 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/08/292576/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Community invited to celebrate breastfeeding designation Saturday at library

Karrey Britt

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County invites the community to celebrate [World Breastfeeding Week][1] from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street. The coalition also will celebrate Lawrence’s new designation as a “[Community Supporting Breastfeeding][2]” from the [Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition][3]. Lawrence was ...

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