Letter to the Editor: Clarifying our services provided

Dear Editor,

On behalf of Nemaha County Community Health Services (NCCHS), our agency would like to provide clarification to the community regarding services our agency provides. As of Sept. 1, 2021, NCCHS no longer provides the duties of the County Health Officer including communicable disease, environmental health, public health nuisances and rabies control. The County Health Officer is contracted separately with the county to provide these services to its residents. NCCHS does, however, continue to provide public health services to the county as the Local Health Department. Services include immunizations (childhood-adult), Kan-Be-Heathly, child health assessments, Healthy Start Home Visits for newborns, Women Infant and Children (WIC) program, breastfeeding clinic, homecare and personal care program and Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Services are available to the community in our Sabetha office at 1004 Main Street and Seneca office at 203 N. Eighth Street. NCCHS and the County Health Officer are ran independently and not associated with each other as an entity. Both entities offer separate services to county residents. For information regarding services offered by the County Health Officer, including COVID-19 disease investigation and quarantine and isolation, individuals may contact the County Health Officer at 785-334-0100. The office of the County Health Officer is located in the Nemaha County Courthouse. Furthermore, COVID-19 county updates are made available by the office of the County Health Officer. Updates from the County Health Officer may be found at www.nemaha.kansasgov.com in the upper right hand corner under “Nemaha County COVID-19 Updates.” For information regarding services offered by NCCHS or to schedule an appointment, individuals may contact our agency at 785-284-2152 or toll-free at 877-494-4856. Please be aware that our agency no longer has a direct phone number to our Seneca Office. Please direct all phone calls through our Sabetha or toll-free phone number above. Nemaha County Community Health Services continues to be here for our community’s public health needs. We appreciate your continued support. Stay healthy! 

Christina Livengood, Interim Administrator

Nemaha County Community Health Services

Sabetha

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