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Wichita’s Mayflower Clinic has moved to a new downtown location.

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Sedgwick County is offering free HIV testing on Friday for World AIDS Day.

Conventional testing will be available at the county Division of Health on West Central from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins and appointments will be accepted.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners on Wednesday voted to reinstate a position with the county health department to lead its Community Health Assessment process.

The project manager will oversee a wide-ranging health survey that’s done every three years to help set the county's public health goals.

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Two Kansas hospitals have been selected to take part in a federal demonstration program aimed at ensuring access to health care in underserved areas.

The two, McPherson Hospital in McPherson and Morton County Health System in Elkhart, were among 13 nationwide chosen for the demonstration project being conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

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The number of suicide deaths in Sedgwick County spiked last year, especially among young adults.

There were 91 suicide deaths in 2016, up from 68 the year before, according to the latest report from the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition. That’s a rate of 17.9 deaths per 100 thousand residents.

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The Sedgwick County Department of Health is offering vaccinations for kids heading back to school in the fall.

Students can get state-required immunizations at the health department’s Main Clinic. Insurance, plus Medicaid and Medicare, are accepted, and vaccinations are available on a sliding fee scale for kids without coverage.

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Kansas health officials have reported a confirmed case of measles in Butler County.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Butler County Health Department said in a joint news release Tuesday that a number of county health departments will be notifying all identified contacts.

Staff will evaluate immunization status and ask about any possible symptoms among people exposed.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing.

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Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and clinics in Wichita are offering the tests to all adults for free.

The Centers for Disease Control says that one in seven people who have HIV don't know it. There are an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., and in Kansas, there are over 3000 living with the disease.

All adults ages 13-64 are encouraged to get tested at least once, and those with higher risks should do so more often.

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Laws restricting gun ownership and use are few and far between in Kansas, including laws that might keep children from stumbling upon a gun owned by an adult.

From AP:

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Sedgwick County is in the bottom half of a new county health ranking from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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