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Local Health Departments in Kansas Struggled to Get the Tools for the Frontline Coronavirus Fight

The coronavirus pandemic shut down non-essential businesses in Kansas for more than a month. Photo courtesy of Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service Originally written by Celia Llopis-Jepsen for the Kansas News Service TOPEKA, Kansas — County health departments in Kansas lacked the resources and manpower to swiftly ramp up “boots-on-the-ground” work when the coronavirus pandemic hit, new …

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New and Updated Strategies from What Works for Health

Adapted from County-by-County Blog by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Our What Works for Health database has over 400 evidence-informed policies and programs to make a difference in your community. On June 5, our What Works for Health analysts updated the database and you can now find new studies, implementation examples, and resources for the eleven strategies below: Activity …

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Counties Navigate Next Steps in COVID-19 Response

Written by Lisa Horn, Public Health Nurse Specialist, Local Public Health for Public Health ConnectionsPhoto courtesy of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. As Kansas re-emerges from statewide COVID-19 orders, a veto last week by Governor Laura Kelly has returned authority to counties to set health, business and mass gathering limits. Kelly’s Ad Astra: …

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The 1919 Anti-Mask League

The global spread of Covid-19 has placed the mask at the center of American life. Volunteers have put their sewing skills to work, donating thousands of hand-crafted masks to medical workers and the public. Public service announcements have flooded the airwaves and the internet highlighting the reason and benefit of wearing masks. Retail stores have …

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Kansas Uses Syndromic Data to Improve Case Reporting for EVALI

Written by the CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program (NSSP) Photo Courtesy of C-Span. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary, Dr. Lee Norman, testifies to Congress about the need for a public health investigation of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury. The outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the …

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Strength Through Partnership: The Nurse-Family Partnership in Shawnee County

Even under the best of circumstances, parenting a newborn child can be a difficult and challenging job. While a baby opens up a world of unmatched joy and happiness for families, caring for a newborn also strains the limits of human endurance. As well as sleepless nights, immeasurable exhaustion, and a gnawing sense of worry and anxiety that there’s more that could be done to provide a child with the best care possible.