Community Coalitions

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Breastfeeding Advocates of Cowley County

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

Safe Kids

Local Environmental Health Protection

Health and Medical Task Force