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Local health departments (LHD) play a vital role in supporting breastfeeding parents in Kansas. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) and WSU Community Engagement Institute, in partnership with KDHE, created the Breastfeeding Friendly LHD designation to recognize and celebrate LHDs that are leading the way in supporting breastfeeding families, across all programs.  READ MORE

Reno County Health Department Educator Seth Dewey wants the public to be aware that helping someone who is experiencing a fentanyl overdose is both needed and safe. “The thing that we have to remember is that fentanyl is a powerful opioid,” Dewey said. “It’s just like morphine, just 100 times stronger. Signs of a fentanyl occurrence, they show slow or shallow breathing, pale skin, slow pulse and loss of consciousness.”  READ MORE

On November 15-16, 2022, thirteen alumni of the Kansas Local Public Health Leadership Series convened in Wichita. The purpose of this training event was to ensure that participants left with tools to engage in meaningful conversations with their staff and colleagues, with a special focus on building a trustworthy process and taking care of yourself as acts of leadership. READ MORE

This is a unique time for public health preparedness. The response to an unprecedented pandemic coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program. A new report by NACCHO and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) gives voice on the evolution of PHEP and offers a framework to guide future action. READ MORE

In this article, Dr. Judy Monroe shared more information in about Public Health could learn from the journey that NASA went through to regain the public’s trust. READ MORE

This year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced a new certification for these health workers, the first in the state to recognize the role they play in linking communities to health and social services. Development of the certification involved more than 40 members of the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition and lasted five years.  READ MORE

As the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted workforce challenges and longstanding health inequities within the healthcare and public health systems, interest in developing the community health worker (CHW) workforce has intensified across the country.   READ MORE

“The COVID-19 Pandemic has been detrimental to many people’s mental health, with the stresses on workers in health care, education, and other essential services frequently highlighted. Less often, however, has attention been focused on the mental health needs of the public health workforce that has been in the trenches 24/7 since the beginning of the pandemic.” READ MORE

Supportive, encouraging and inclusive. These are just some of the words used to describe Jason Tiller, Saline County Health Department director, by those who work with him. Tiller, who’s been at the helm of the department for the past six years, continues to steer the agency during the uncharted course COVID-19 has presented. READ MORE

Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order No. 20-48 in June of 2020, establishing the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. The focus of this Commission is to study issues of racial equity and justice in Kansas. Two reports have been released: Policing and Law Enforcement in Kansas and Second Commission Report – Social Determinants of Health. READ MORE

“The trove of information in the report produced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment offered insight into medical and behavioral challenges based on 10,000 telephone interviews conducted throughout 2019.” READ MORE

… while the number of infant deaths reported is the lowest on record for the state, disparities in infant mortality rates among vulnerable populations persist in 2019.READ MORE

“When COVID-19 hit Southwest Kansas in the spring of 2020, there was little information available about the disease in languages other than English.” READ MORE

The Prairie Band Health Center, located on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Reservation, has partnered with Jackson County Health Department to offer vaccinations to Jackson County residents. READ MORE

“The fact we’re seeing a spike in overdoses in March tells us there’s probably more to this.” READ MORE

“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.” READ MORE

While Wyandotte County is the lowest in state health rankings, the residents of Wyandotte used their strengths to rally against COVID-19. READ MORE

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. . READ MORE

The pandemic and the politics of COVID-19 have put tremendous strain on Kansas public health workers. READ MORE