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Sedgwick Co. Commissioners Accept $1.9M Grant For Health Department

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Deborah Shaar
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The Sedgwick County Health Department will continue to receive state and federal money to support its local health programs and services.

Sedgwick County Commissioners voted 5-to-0 Wednesday to accept a $1.9 million grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The grant is a longstanding funding source for county health department to carry out its mission to prevent disease and promote wellness in the community.

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Health Department Director Adrienne Byrne-Lutz says the grant provides the foundation for several public health programs.

"This funding helps support public health infrastructure, family planning, maternal-child health services, mobile immunizations services, sexual transmitted disease control and our public health preparedness," she says.

Byrne-Lutz says the grant also pays for 31 positions in the health department.

She says the state increased its funding next year for sexually transmitted disease investigations due to an increase in new cases.

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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.