On JoCo on the Go, episode #139, we’re discussing the latest group of residents now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. In June, federal public health officials provided emergency use authorization for children 6 months and older to be vaccinated against the virus. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola provides the latest on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. Also, hear from local parents of young children on why they are getting their little ones vaccinated.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #138, we’re catching up with Johnson County’s Veteran’s Treatment Court - an innovative option for veterans who come in contact with the criminal justice system. Instead of further incarceration, they accept a wide range of supports to help them overcome trauma and pave a path to a successful future. Adam Baker, the program coordinator, tells us about the collaboration among Johnson County departments and the local VA to help veterans graduate the program. Also hear from recent graduates about how the VTC has changed their lives.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #137, a panel of experts talks about the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, which takes place on June 19. You’ll learn about the significance of and the history behind this important date. Also, hear about all of the community celebrations taking place to help you honor Juneteenth. Learn more at jocogov.org/Juneteenth.
On JoCo on the Go episode #136, we take you to the ground breaking for the New Century Commerce Center. You’ll get to see key leaders (including Governor Laura Kelly and Chairman Ed Eilert), construction and design partners and county staff turn some ceremonial dirt, as well as hear from them on plans for this project and the economic development impact it will have on Johnson County and the state of Kansas. We apologize for the video quality in some sections due to lighting issues.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #135, we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by talking about all of the great reasons to choose a public service career with Johnson County Government! There is truly something for everyone here, and you’ll learn about the jobs we currently have open and how you can apply. You’ll also hear about the culture, the benefits, the values and more reasons to come work for us! Learn more at jocogov.org/careers.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #134, we honor Earth Day by talking about a few of the ways Johnson County Government is working to leave our community better than we found it. Hear from Johnson County employees who are contributing to more sustainable buildings, vehicles and business practices focused on reducing waste, saving energy and much more. More information is available at jocogov.org/sustainability.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #133, we take a deep dive into the job of a Direct Support Professional at Johnson County Developmental Supports. DSPs play a crucial role in helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and work in the community. Have some interest in this career? Two DSPs and an individual served by JCDS explain what the job is like and why it is so vital. Learn more about an upcoming day of virtual interviews on April 12, including a $1,000 signing bonus.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #132, we walk through what you need to know about the 2022 election season. One of the key pieces to the Johnson County Election Office running successful elections is the election workers who contribute their time and talents to this important effort. Hear Johnson County Election Commissioner Fred Sherman share what voters and election workers need to know in 2022. Roeland Park resident Susie Martin has served as an election worker since 2016 and will tell you why she is hooked on this opportunity, and what she loves about it.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #131, March is Women’s History Month. While we don’t have the time to tell every story about Johnson County women, past and present, who have made their mark on our community’s history, please join us as we share some stories of JoCo women who were true trailblazers in areas such as holding elected office, serving in county leadership or law enforcement, fighting for social justice and many other aspects of society. We think you will learn a lot from two Johnson County Government employees who are treasure troves of historical information and stories.
On JoCo on the Go, episode #130, the month of March can bring all sorts of weather – everything from a winter storm to tornadoes. As Johnson County joins the rest of the nation in highlighting National Severe Weather Awareness Week, we’re taking a closer look at what kinds of storms to expect and when. We’ll talk about the supplies you should have on hand. Learn how the county works with its local, state and national partners to ensure you have accurate information and enough time to seek shelter when there’s a possibility of a tornado, flooding and more. We’ll also tell you about NotifyJoCo – an emergency notification system that will keep you informed.