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A shot in the arm for confidence in COVID-19 vaccines

By High Plains Journal, Lacey Newlin “Fear of the unknown with medicine is expected, but with a decision like whether or not to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, education is everything. Lisa Morici, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, cleared …

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How One Kansas County Fought the Pandemic by Trusting Science, Listening to At-Risk People and Investing in Public Health

By Kansas Reflector, C.J. Janovy While Wyandotte County is the lowest in state health rankings, the residents of Wyandotte used their strengths to rally against COVID-19. The county’s health department prepared and adapted for the challenges the pandemic brought through trusting science, community outreach, and investment into the county’s public health system. READ MORE ABOUT …

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Shawnee County Health Department Racial Equity Impact Analysis Group

By Olivia Borland and Edith Gaines Many issues come to mind when asking Edith Gaines, Shawnee County Health Department Finance Officer and PHAB Accreditation Coordinator, why her health department decided to do a Racial Equity Impact Analysis. When conversations began, individuals took a step back and decided it was time to move from diagnosis to …

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A Pandemic, Exhaustion, and Threats: Why Dozens Of Kansas Public Health Officials Are Quitting

By Jim McLean, KCUR The pandemic and the politics of COVID-19 have put tremendous strain on Kansas public health workers. The pressure of navigating a pandemic and harassment is leading to frustration, fear, and fatigue for health workers throughout Kansas and across the United States. KCUR provided a platform for Kansas public health workers to …

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KDHE partnering with communities to help pregnant women with COVID-19

Originally written by Amy Gaier, Public Health Specialist, KDHE Local Public Health for the October Edition of Public Health Connections Being pregnant during the pandemic can be scary – being told you have COVID-19 is even scarier. From a provider’s standpoint, a COVID-19 diagnosis carries special risks for a pregnant woman and her fetus. To …

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Lessons Learned from Lansing Assist With Corrections Response Statewide

Originally written by Lisa Horn, Public Health Nurse Specialist, KDHE Local Public Health for the August Edition of Public Health Connections. Correctional facility conditions have the potential for a “perfect storm” for COVID-19 – close living arrangements, staff and offenders moving in and out of the facility and limited resources. The COVID-19 outbreak at the …

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