Sedgwick County Health Department

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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.

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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. The city also has an accredited public health department.

Becky Tuttle with Health ICT says the local group will learn about the Tulsa health department’s structure and core functions.

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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.

Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.

KDHE 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.

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.