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The Central Kansas Partnership is a prevention coalition of parents, professionals and concerned citizens from Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Stafford, and Rush Counties. 

Mission:    To join in a common effort to build healthy and safe communities, reduce the risks of Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs, and promote healthy attitudes and behaviors.

Task Forces:  

Chronic Disease Risk Reduction:   Barton, Rice, and Stafford Counties    Tobacco Use Prevention & Cessation,  Farmers Markets, Breastfeeding Policies/Lactation Areas, and School-Community Trails.

Drug & Alcohol Prevention:   Providing education for all residents to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among youth.  The Task Force is currently concentrating on Social Host Laws & Underage Drinking on a county-wide basis using .  Special projects in the past have focused on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,  World No Tobacco Day, Red Ribbon Week, Back to School Drug Prevention Education and alternative activities for middle school and high school students.  

Suicide Prevention:  Community education throughout the year and events during Suicide Prevention Week including Golden Belt Glow for Life Walk, Run, and Remembrance Ceremony.

Be Well Barton County:  Facilitated by Golden Belt Community Foundation, focusing on improving opportunities for physical activity in Barton County through Complete Streets policies, systems, and environment changes.

Central Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition:  Provides breastfeeding resource information and education to community members and healthcare providers; and Promotes breastfeeding policies and lactation areas at worksites for mothers returning to work.

Current Public Health Issues

Barton County Health Department provides public health education through local media, presentations, and at public forums on current health issues including influenza, HIV, teen pregnancy prevention, and any disease outbreaks. Contact the Health Department in advance to schedule a health program or services outreach for a group.


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