Community Coalitions

Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County

BACC is dedicated to the promotion of infant nutrition and well being by actively supporting mothers and breastfeeding.

Healthy Communities

The Healthy Communities Coalition has worked in Cowley County partnering with other agencies on numerous projects.  This is a working group that meets bimonthly.  We have recently been honored to receive a Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity Grant from K-State Research & Extension.  This grant will involve 4-year olds in Cowley County.  We will be working with various partners to  fulfill the grant requirements.

Some of our past achievements include:

  • Community Garden with Southwinds
  • Youth Tobacco Checks

Clean Air Cowley County

The Kansas Legislature passed the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act to help protect Kansans from the health dangers of secondhand smoke.  Secondhand smoke is a cause of heart diseases, lung cancer and respiratory diseases in adults, and SIDS, asthma attacks, ear infections and respiratory problems in infants and children.  For individuals with pre-existing conditions, even brief exposure to secondhand smoke is known to result in severe consequences, including heart attack and acute distress from lung diseases such as asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Effective July 1, 2010, smoking will be prohibited in most of the following indoor locations in Kansas:

  • Public places
  • Places of employment
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Within 10 feet of business entrances and air intakes

Businesses are, also, required to post signs stating that state law prohibits smoking.   Additionally, effective July 1, 2010, where local clean indoor air laws have provisions stricter than the state law, these local provisions will prevail; however, where local laws have provisions less strict than the state law, state law provisions will prevail.

Community Health Care

The Community Health Center in Cowley County is a Federally Qualified Health Center. We offer a variety of services that are constantly growing. We currently

provide Family Practice Care, Preventative Services, Laceration Repair, Minor Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology, Referral Dentistry, Behavioral Health and many others!


Safe Kids

Safe Kids Cowley County is led by City-Cowley County Health Department, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.  Visit our Facebook page for more information.

Citizen Corps

Citizen Corps is an elite network of trained citizens who take an active role in making their communities safer.

Cowley County Emergency Response

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. The LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until first responders or other assistance could arrive.

RISE Cowley

RISE Cowley promotes healthy lifestyles by collaborating to raise awareness and encourage involvement for residents of Cowley County, Kansas.