JoCo on the Go: Everything Johnson County Kansas
Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 11, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #109, Johnson County celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in October with a free family friendly celebration and festive activities all month long at the Arts and Heritage Center. Learn which performers and food vendors will be highlighted at the event and how two different local high schools are getting involved. The Latino community is growing in Johnson County. Find out what initiatives are being developed to highlight diversity all year long. Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month at www.jcprd.com.

Plogging through Johnson County

Plogging through Johnson County

October 7, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #108, Johnson County and the Mid-America Regional Council join forces to fight litter with a unique event that pairs jogging with picking up trash along Kansas City area parks, trails and waterways. Find out how you can take part in Plogtober. Also, learn about the big impact small amounts of garbage can have on water quality and wildlife.

Pfizer booster approved for limited groups

Pfizer booster approved for limited groups

September 29, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #107, federal public health officials approve booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for certain groups of individuals, based on factors such as age, medical conditions and occupational risks of contracting COVID-19. Hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment experts who address the approval process for boosters, the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, and the importance of protecting yourself from COVID-19 and the flu. Also, hear how to get these importance vaccines.

Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard improvements

Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard improvements

September 24, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #106, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment closely follows the science and data when it makes public health decisions. Learn about the latest on COVID-19 transmission and vaccine use in our community. Find out about some improvements to the Johnson County COVID-19 dashboard that will help you make informed decisions related to pandemic safety precautions.

50 Plus turns 50

50 Plus turns 50

September 13, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #105, a popular Johnson County Park and Recreation program turns 50 this year. Hear from the 50 Plus department manager about all the exciting ways you can stay mentally and physically fit while enjoying some great social activities throughout the county. Hear from a long-time fitness instructor about the many opportunities to stay active and independent. Also learn about the program’s travel activities and pandemic-related accommodations, such as virtual classes, so everyone can feel safe getting involved. Finally, hear about this year’s much-anticipated Live Well Age Well event.

JoCo Remembers 9/11

JoCo Remembers 9/11

September 8, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #104, our world was forever changed 20 years ago. On this 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we remember where we were, the impact it had on us and the 2,977 lives lost that day. You’ll hear from Johnson County Airport Commission Executive Director Aaron Otto about his ties to the Pentagon and the realization of losing a friend killed during the attacks. Also hear from Overland Park’s Jason Rhodes about the city’s 9/11 memorial that attracts people year after year. Find out what Overland Park has in store to observe the two decades that have passed. Also hear from Johnson County staff about the JoCo Remembers event, proclamation signing and impressive flag display to commemorate the anniversary.

Kansas City Regional Climate Action

Kansas City Regional Climate Action

September 3, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #103, hear about the Kansas City Regional Climate Action. We’ll talk to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s Brian Alferman about the role Johnson County played in the development of this guide for residents, businesses and government agencies. The plan seeks to mitigate climate change by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions of 2050. Find out how you can do your part to make an impact.

COVID-19 update, vaccines and transmission

COVID-19 update, vaccines and transmission

August 27, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #102, hear from Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Dr. Sanmi Areola on the latest on COVID-19 transmission in our community. Learn about the impact it’s having on hospital capacity. Also, learn about recent federal guidance on third COVID-19 vaccine doses for those who are immunocompromised. Hear also about full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine. Finally, find out how public health workers are teaming up with schools to keep transmission levels low to maintain kids in the classroom.

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Closing the gap for those with disabilities

Closing the gap for those with disabilities

August 20, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #101, hear from Johnson County Developmental Supports experts about a new campaign known as Close the Gap – an effort to help families and individuals access supports for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while initiating the process to get on the waiting list for long-term services. Hear why it’s important to start the process early. Visit the campaign website for more information.

Public health order in effect

Public health order in effect

August 12, 2021

On JoCo on the Go, episode #100, hear from Johnson County Local Health Officer Joseph LeMaster, M.D., about the increase in delta variant cases in our community and the impact it’s having on children and others who are unvaccinated in particular. Learn about the new public health order in effect in Johnson County that requires masks for children in schools up to sixth grade. Also, find out how Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s child care division is working with providers to reduce virus transmission.

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