The Southeast District Health Department invites the residents of Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties to participate in a Community Health Assessment.
The purpose of this assessment is to identify community strengths and areas of improvement in regards to the health of the community. This data provides the health department and local hospitals a foundation for developing and implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan.
This first step in the process of the Community Health Assessment is the community-based survey. This survey is to identify how residents perceive the quality of life in their community, the most important health issues, and the behaviors that have the most impact on the health of their community. Through this feedback the Health Department and community healthcare partners will be able to develop actionable steps to improving the health of Southeast Nebraska.
National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
Medsafe kiosks are now available in all five counties of the Southeast District. The kiosks are designed for safe and convenient collection of unused medications. By providing the community with a way to properly dispose of these medications it will help to reduce the unintended or illegal use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It’s also great for protecting the community and the environment!
List of accepted medications:
Liquid medication bottles (less than 4 oz. in a zip-lock bag)
Medications NOT accepted:
Needles, syringes, or sharps containers
Medical devices or batteries
Aerosol cans or inhalers
Liquid antineoplastic agents
Where can you dispose of these medications? Locations of the Medsafe kiosks are listed below for each county. Please check with the location for the hours that the kiosks are accessible.
Johnson County Hospital - Tecumseh
Nemaha County Hospital – Auburn
CHI Health St. Mary’s – Nebraska City
Community Medical Center – Falls City
Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office – Pawnee City
New public service campaign asks you to ‘Be There’ for Veterans and service members
VA, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, released a new public service announcement, “No Veteran Left Behind,” to address the tragic rate of Veteran suicides.
Narrated by actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, the announcement calls on the public to take notice and action by reaching out to a Veteran who may be in crisis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide has become one of the leading causes of death in America. Suicide is also a major concern among Veterans and service members and is VA's top clinical priority. In the U.S., an average of 20 Veterans a day die from suicide. Suicide is preventable through connectivity and community support, so generating awareness of the health issues that disproportionately affect Veterans and service members is a critical first step and requires a comprehensive approach.
HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum caused by HPV infections. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
Call SEDHD at 877-777-0424 to make an appointment!
Prevent type 2 diabetes with the PreventT2 program
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Radon is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Each year up to 22,000 deaths in the United States are attributed to radon-induced lung cancer. In Nebraska one out of every two homes tested has high radon levels, so it is important to test your home.
Free Radon Test Kites
Southeast District Health Department is offering free radon test kits. The kits are available by contacting the Southeast District Health Department.
Kits are also available at:
Humboldt - Senca office
Falls City - Community Medical Center (Hospital)
Syracuse - City Office
Tecumseh - City Office and Senca Center
Pawnee City - City Office and Senca Center
Nebraksa City - CHI Health St. Mary's (Hospital)
Testing is done by using a short-term test kit (3-7 days). Test kits come with instructions and postage paid packaging to submit tests to a lab. Radon test results can be checked online and if additional testing or radon mitigation is necessary, you can contact the Nebraska Radon Program online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/radon or by calling 800-334-9491.
To obtain a radon test kit or for more information contact Southeast District Health Department at 877-777-0424.