Public Health Department

City-Cowley County Health Department

Our History

The Cowley County Health Department was originally established in 1941, being among the first eighteen health departments formed in the State of Kansas.  In July, 1946 the cities of Arkansas City and Winfield joined with the county to form the City-Cowley County Health Department.

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Holiday Food Safety - Temperature at a Glance

 Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature during your big holiday celebrations. Remember, you can’t tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it.

For USDA instructions for keeping turkey at safe temperatures during the “BIG THAW” go to Turkey Basics: Safe Thawing

For more food safety information (including preparing eggnog and ham) go to: foodsafety.gov

Breastfeeding is Everyone’s Business

Many Kansas mothers do not feel comfortable breastfeeding in public. This may cause many mothers to wean early or not breastfeed at all. Each year, an estimated 3000 to 7000 Kansas infants are adversely affected by little or no breastfeeding. To learn more about breastfeeding in public go to the Breastfeeding is everyone’s business video.

Businesses and organizations can also help. The Business Case for Breastfeeding (http://ksbreastfeeding.com/cause/business-case-for-breastfeeding) offers free assistance to employers to aid with compliance of the Kansas law protecting breastfeeding employees. In addition to workplace support, community awareness plays a large role, as well.  The Breastfeeding Welcome Here Campaign (http://ksbreastfeeding.com/cause/breastfeeding-welcome-here) not only welcomes breastfeeding mothers and families to area businesses, but also provides free training for employees and an avenue for business to reach out to the breastfeeding community at large.

Health Advisory: Ebola Outbreak – Avoid Nonessential Travel to West Africa

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has posted Warning – Level 3 Travel Notices recommending that people avoid non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone at this time. We advise that education and humanitarian related travel to these countries be postponed until further notice. The US Department of State takes action to protect US citizens who travel outside the US through a number of diplomatic channels. However, in the event of an outbreak, any country has the right to enact measures (such as quarantine of exposed people, isolation of sick people, and screening of people entering or exiting the country for sickness or disease exposure) to protect its citizens and to prevent the spread of an outbreak to other countries. These measures may infringe on the individual rights of those who appear to be infected with or exposed to a disease of public health concern—including visiting US citizens. The ability of the U.S. Department of State to intervene in such situations is limited. CDC’s recommendations against non-essential travel, including education-related travel, are intended to help control the outbreak and prevent continued spread in two ways: to protect the health of US residents who would be traveling to the affected areas and to enable the governments of countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring to respond most effectively to contain the outbreak.

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Advice for Colleges, Universities and Students

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Organizations

 

Health Care in Your Hands – About the Health Insurance Marketplace

When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law four years ago on March 23, 2010, Americans began to take their health care into their own hands. The law is already making a difference in the lives of millions of people. There is a new way to get health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle. Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies. They cover the same core set of benefits called essential health benefits. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans can’t charge women more than men for the same plan. Many preventive services are covered at no cost to you. You can compare all your insurance options based on price, benefits, quality, and other features that may be important to you, in plain language that makes sense. Visit healthcare.gov for more information. Visit http://www.insureks.org/index.php to learn more about or how to get started in the marketplace in Kansas.

What You Need To Know About Childhood Vaccines: Who & When

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Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or community. While these diseases are not common in the U.S., they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do occasionally occur in this country.

Kansas Health Matters

Kansas Health Matters is a one stop source of non-biased data and information about community health in Kansas. It is intended to help hospitals, health departments, policy makers, community planners and members learn about issues, identify improvements and collaborate for positive change.”

Traveler’s Bed Bug Q & A

 

 

 

 


 

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