Child advocate recommends Mental Health First Aid course focusing on youth

Karrey Britt

**Note:** *This is the third in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, physical ...

Partnership enables uninsured Douglas County residents to get needed physical therapy

Karrey Britt

**Note:** This is the second in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, physical ...

Health Department offering orientation class Feb. 10 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/feb/05/286406/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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, Feb. 10, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department offering free online tobacco intervention training for providers

Charlie Bryan

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is now offering a free comprehensive online training that follows best practice guidelines for health care providers to help patients quit tobacco. http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/feb/02/286206/ The [online training][1] can be used by a wide range of providers (doctors, nurses, front office staff, dentists, dental hygienists, ...

'Market Match' program helps families access healthy foods at farmers' markets, boosts local economy

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/feb/01/286186/ **Note:** *This is the first in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, ...

Health Department offering family-based sex education course for fifth, sixth graders

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jan/25/285817/ 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 ...

Ramping Up Fresh Fruits & Veggies at Your Worksite

Ashafer

If you are like me, about this time of year you miss having access to fresh, local produce. It’s been months since I harvested the last peppers from my garden or tasted an apple purchased at a local farmers market. But it’s not too early to start thinking about how ...

Community invited to Jan. 14 meeting regarding new data about walking, biking to school

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jan/11/284879/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] in conjunction with [Lawrence Public Schools][2], the [City of Lawrence][3] and the [Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization][4] will host a community meeting Wednesday, Jan. 14, to discuss the results of Lawrence’s first data collection about walking and biking to and from school. The meeting ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277368/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more about operating a child care home 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. 13, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Tips to avoid cold-weather injuries such as hypothermia, frostbite

Karrey Britt

With temperatures below freezing, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages residents to exercise caution when outdoors. Kim Ens, registered nurse and director of Clinic Services, said serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common problems are frostbite and hypothermia. “Cold weather can be extremely ...

Lawrence family to host yoga fundraiser Dec. 15 to help residents pay for vaccinations

Karrey Britt

The Sheridan family is hosting a yoga session from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., in honor of [Rachael Sheridan, who died Feb. 24, 2014, due to complications from flu at age 39][1]. The family is asking for a $10 donation and ...

Health Department: It's not too late to vaccinate against flu

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/dec/08/283426/ With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][1] and the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][2] urge all Kansans to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones. [National Influenza Vaccination Week][3], Dec. 7-13, serves as ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277368/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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. 9, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more about operating a child care home 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, Nov. 11, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department receives state award for its support of breastfeeding employees

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/nov/02/281577/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] has six certified breastfeeding educators, so it only seemed fitting for the Health Department to go through the process to become officially recognized as a business that supports its breastfeeding employees. In October, the Health Department received a “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” from the ...

Learn how to respond to children's challenging behaviors during Nov. 8 class

Karrey Britt

The [Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force][1] is offering a class “Behavior and Guidance” for parents of young children and child care providers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Brenda Hawkins, Child Care Licensing surveyor at the Lawrence-Douglas ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department closely monitoring Ebola virus, answering questions

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is closely monitoring the Ebola virus and is working with partners at the national, state and local level. Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, the Health Department and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening. ...

Health Department offering flu vaccine clinics in Stull, Eudora, Baldwin City

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will offer flu shots at community clinics this fall in Stull, Eudora and Baldwin City. 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 ...

Families encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day on Oct. 8

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages families to participate in [Walk to School Day][2] on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to promote safe walking and bicycling. Walk to School Day helps reinforce the importance of physical activity and safe transportation, and it provides an opportunity for families to connect with their neighborhood ...

Lawrence Safe Routes to School initiative kicks off with public presentation Sept. 29

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is working in conjunction with [Lawrence Public Schools][2], the [City of Lawrence][3] and the [Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization][4] to launch a [Safe Routes to School initiative][5]. The goal is to develop a citywide plan that enables and encourages children to walk and bike to ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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, Sept. 9, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Public invited to Lawrence movie premiere of 'Breastmilk' on Saturday

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277371/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], [Lawrence Memorial Hospital][2] and La Leche League of Lawrence have organized a Lawrence movie premiere of [“Breastmilk”][3] Aug. 9 in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week. “Breastmilk” will be shown at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277368/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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. 12, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department offering orientation class July 8 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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, July 8, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, ticks which can cause illness

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276143/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes and ticks when outdoors. The hot, humid and wet conditions are ripe for these insects, which can cause illness. “We are concerned for the health of Douglas County,” said Kim Ens, director of Clinic Services and public ...

Health Department offers tips to prevent heat-related illness

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/30/275841/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] urges residents to take extra precautions against the heat. Children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions are usually the first to suffer from heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion, cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions. Director ...

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day — Get educated, tested

Karrey Britt

In conjunction with [National HIV Testing Day][1] on June 27, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][2] encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention][3] recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV. In the ...

AmeriCorps members help residents of all ages improve their health

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/23/275536/ During the past year as AmeriCorps members at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Amanda Kong and Beeta Kashani have helped Douglas County residents enroll in a health insurance plan, taught cooking classes to all ages, and helped residents with smoking cessation. [AmeriCorps][1] is a program of the federal government ...

Postpartum health topic of June 25 breastfeeding support group meeting

Karrey Britt

A group of health educators will talk about postpartum health at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St., in the clinic waiting room. Topics will include nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being. The [Douglas County breastfeeding support group][1] called B.I.B.S. is hosting the presentation, ...

Healthy Families program brings in expertise on infant mental health with $4,000 grant

Karrey Britt

> Three-month-old Noah is crying because > he doesn’t feel safe. His parents are > attending a get-together at a friend’s > house because they really need a break > from the stress of parenting as well > as not knowing how they will pay next > month’s rent. They ...

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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