Sedgwick County Health Department

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

A group of health leaders from Tulsa will be in Wichita on Monday to learn about Sedgwick County’s health system. The visit is part of the Public Health Sister City program. Wichita health leaders and elected officials visited Tulsa back in May, and now it’s Tulsa’s turn to learn about the state of health in Wichita. Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Jim Howell says there are a lot of similarities between the two health departments, but funding levels are different. He says the Tulsa Health...

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

A group of Wichita-area health leaders and elected officials toured the Tulsa Health Department last weekend. As KMUW's Deborah Shaar reports, it was the first step in a new Public Health Sister City Program. Ten people went on the trip, including Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Howell, City Council Member Janet Miller, Health Department Director Adrienne Byrne-Lutz and health leaders from the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and Wichita State University. The group met with nearly two...

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A group of health leaders and elected officials will be traveling to Tulsa in May to learn about that city’s public health department. The visit is part of a new Public Health Sister City Program getting started in Sedgwick County. Organizers picked Tulsa for the sister city program because it is similar in size and demographics to Wichita. T he city also has an accredited public health department. Becky Tuttle with Health ICT says the local group will learn about the Tulsa health department...

Abigail Wilson / KMUW

A group of health professionals is facing new challenges as it takes on work that used to be done by the Sedgwick County Health Department. Health Alliance and its community partners are in the process of putting together a new Community Health Improvement Plan. The Sedgwick County Health Department used to lead the process and provide the infrastructure, but due to budget cuts, it no longer has full-time staff designated for the job. The county completed a community-wide health survey last...

Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza. K DHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.

“Both are among adults in the Wichita area," she says. " These are the first two of the season, which has come a little early this year. Usually, the flu season begins...

Flu Rate In Sedgwick County Dropping

Feb 28, 2013

The flu is a serious problem this season. At its peak in early February, about 7 percent of all visits to health clinics in Sedgwick County were for flu-like symptoms. Now, the rate is at 3 percent.