Osage County Health Department: We are your health department!

We are your health department! Osage County Health Department is located in Lyndon at 103 E. 9th St. Open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. offering the following programs: Immunizations, Elder Foot Care, Childcare Licensing, Disease Investigation, WIC, Healthy Start Home Visitor, Kan Be Healthy Physicals, TB testing, Employment Physicals, Wellness Monitoring, Blood Draws, Emergency Preparedness Trained Professionals, General Nursing Advice, and Jail Nursing. We give Immunizations Mondays through Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a walk-in basis. Our goal is to improve the health of Osage County. Our Motto is Prevent – Promote – Protect.

Anne Gray, Administrator & Health Officer

What does local public health look like in Kansas?

Local public health in Kansas:

  • 040416-graph2Isn’t providing comprehensive medical care; it is promoting health and empowering individuals to solve health problems.
  • Isn’t the treatment of disease; it is investigating the source of the disease and identifying community health challenges.
  • Isn’t simply distributing vouchers for healthy food; it is monitoring children for growth, development and nutritional status.
  • Isn’t just testing water and air; it is protecting health and insuring safety for all Kansans.
  • Isn’t one answer or one viewpoint; it’s mobilizing community partnerships to collectively identify and solve health problems.
  • Isn’t just responding to a disaster; it is preparing, educating and supporting communities.
  • Isn’t resting on the past 150 years of history; it is looking for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Who is local public health in Kansas?*

  • 040416-graph1100 local health departments (LHDs) serve all 105 Kansas counties, governed by local Boards of Health or County Commissions;
  • 73 percent of the county health departments have fewer than 10 employees (not including home health);
  • 31 percent of the LHDs have fewer than 5 employees.
  • Only 5 LHDs have more than 50 employees.

On the Horizon – National Public Health Accreditation

This is an opportunity for local agencies and for KDHE, the state public health agency, to provide a means for public health departments to identify performance improvement opportunities, enhance management, develop leadership, and strengthen relationships with members of the community. 74 percent of Kansas LHDs are considering applying for national accreditation, either solo or with regional partners.

* Responses collected via fall, 2011 Survey by KDHE Office of Local Public Health
** Data source – Kansas Association of Local Health Departments

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Contact us: Osage County News | P.O. Box 62, Lyndon, KS 66451 | [email protected] | 785-828-4994 | Powered by Osage County, Kansas