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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2015 Cowley County Health & Safety Fair

Saturday, April 18, 2015

9 am to Noon

Arkansas City Agri-Business Building

712 W. Washington

Mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Cowley County Health & Safety Fair from 9:00 am to Noon at the Arkansas City Agri-Business Building. Past health fairs have been held separately in both the Arkansas City and Winfield communities each year. Many of the same vendors have attended each event. Organizers of both events met and decided that with more demands being made of business’ and public agencies, it was a better use of resources and personnel to have one large Cowley County Health and Safety Fair. This event is planned to annually alternate between locations in Arkansas City and Winfield.  The organizers of this year’s event are planning many family orientated and highly interactive booths including a bike rodeo, safety vehicle exploration and a 5K fun run.  

                                  

 

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.

Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies is an update of the 2005 The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions. It provides state and local community members information to choose the breastfeeding intervention strategy that best meets their needs.

Support for breastfeeding is needed in many different arenas including hospitals and birth centers, worksites, and communities. This Guide builds upon the research evidence demonstrating effective intervention strategies and offers relevant information for each including program examples and resources.

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.”

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