Category Archives: Kansas Department of Health

KDHE to hold meetings about smoke management plans Thursday

TOPEKA – The Department of Health and Environment will hold a meeting to discuss the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan and answer questions on Thursday in Wichita.

The meeting will be 10 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st St. North, Wichita. It will include a presentation by KDHE and time for questions.

Lawmakers and staff get vaccinated at H1N1 clinic

Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Ward, Wichita, waits to receive a H1N1 shot from Ashley Phillips, a nurse with Shawnee County Health Agency, on Thursday. The agency and Kansas Department of Health and Environment held a vaccination clinic Thursday for lawmakers and their staff.

Assistant House Democratic Leader Jim Ward, Wichita, waits to receive a H1N1 shot from Ashley Phillips, a nurse with Shawnee County Health Agency, on Thursday. The agency and Kansas Department of Health and Environment held a vaccination clinic Thursday for lawmakers and their staff.

TOPEKA – A few minutes and a quick stick is all it took for lawmakers and their staff to get vaccinated against the swine flu on Thursday.

The clinic in the Statehouse was set up by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Shawnee County Health Agency.

The clinic’s aim was to show Kansans that anyone could find the time to get an H1N1 vaccine, said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, director of health for KDHE.

“Who is busier in Kansas right now that the people who work under the dome,” he said.

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence, said he had meant to get the vaccine before the session started on Monday, but hadn’t accomplished the task.

“It is important for people to not just think about doing this they need to get out and actually get it done,” he said.

Surveys have shown most people don’t get vaccinated because they just haven’t gotten around to it, he said. About 2 million Kansans have yet to received the vaccine, which is available in both a shot and nasal spray.

Eberhart-Phillips said people should still get vaccinated. “In most years the flu season peaks in the month of February, so the time to get vaccinated is right now.”

House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, said he’d never been a fan of needles, but the shot didn’t hurt a bit.

“They have kinder and gentler needles out there, this was nothing,” he laughed afterward.

Legislator H1N1 vaccination clinic from Jeannine Koranda on Vimeo.

Environmentally minded college students can be “Green Ambassadors” for the state.

College students do you like talking about all things green and want to earn a little cash doing it?

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is accepting applications from Kansas college students to be “Green Ambassadors.”

The ambassadors will promote environmental stewardship and education by giving public presentations. Program participants will also discuss proper waste management techniques, natural resource conservation and stewardship.

The new program is run through the department’s Bureau of Waste Management division.

Here is the department’s description of the program: Read More »

Kansas health: truth in numbers

Want to know how long people are staying married in Kansas, what people in Kansas are dying from or what age group is having more babies out-of-wedlock?

Don’t look to the gossip columns. Look to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which released its 2005 Summary of Kansas Vital Statistics Tuesday. It’s the most up-to-date information on Kansas birth, deaths and marriages available from the state agency.

Among other interesting facts:

  • Kansans are continuing to delay marriage.
  • Slightly over half of the Kansans seeking abortions were 15 to 24.
  • The black infant death rate continues to be over two times higher than the rate for whites.

For the inside scoop, see the PDF report here.