Thursday, December 22, 2011

Youth Basketball Clinic

Calling all kids between ages 8-12!! Are you looking to improve on your basketball skills? The Platte County Community Center North will be conducting a Youth Basketball Clinic focusing on ball handling skills and shooting technique.

Tuesday & Thursday

1:30–2:30 p.m.

December 27 & 29, 2011


Button batteries are dangerous to kids, especially toddlers, and cause severe injuries when swallowed. Please take the time and watch and share this video w/family and friends.  You could save a child's life!

$10 Flu shots available at Platte County Health Dept

Have you gotten your FLU SHOT yet? PCHD is now offering flu shots for $10. Come down today and give yourself a healthy present this year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Embrace Life.....Always Wear your seatbelt!!

Embrace Life..Always Wear Your Seatbelt. Awesome video below, please take time to check it out and share with your loved one's this holiday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pictures taken of a bracelet that is being sold and used to smoke Marijuana out of. As you can see from the first picture the bracelet appears the same as any other string styled bracelet. Upon closer inspection you will see a metal fitting that when unscrewed reveals a small bowl complete with a filter. There is a small plastic tube woven into the bracelet capped off by a small wooden bead.

Once unscrewed the "bracelet" is ready to be used as a pipe for smoking Marijuana.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bring a friend and give to Harvesters

The link references a promotion the Platte County Community Center North YMCA is offering. Y members bring a non- member friend to a group exercise class for the month of November for a non perishable food item donation to Harvesters.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flash It...Fight Pink!!!

Flash It...Fight Pink!! Come join us for a Flash Mob to support breast cancer awareness this Sunday, Oct. 30th at 1pm at the Platte County R-3 football field. Click here for all the details.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

COMING SOON!!!! Weight Loss Support Group

Platte County Health Department is teaming up with the Platte County Community Center North and Heartland Health to offer a Weight Loss Support Group! Join us at the kick off event on Sept. 29 at 6:30pm. The support group will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm at Heartland Clinic. Click on the link below for more info. Hope to see you there!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Save the Date: October 28, 5:30-7:30pm

for Platte County Community Center North Annual Trunk or Treat Extravaganza. There will fun activites for the monster in all of us like a haunted house, face painting, fire truck, picture booth, DJ, bounce house and much more! Call 858-0114 for details or if interested in providing a trunk for the evening.   Trunk or Treat details click here!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Attention!!!! Parents, Child Care Providers, Nurses and Teachers

Click on link below to get your copy of the latest Prevention and Control Communicable Diseases book (online version):

This is a wonderful resource to have at your fingertips for those "what the heck is that and how do I treat it" moments!  Add it to your favorites today.

Flu shots available

The Platte County Health Department is now offering flu shots to Missouri residents.  The cost for a flu shot is $20.00 unless you are a participant in a qualifying Medicare plan or are eligible for VFC (Vaccine for Children). Please contact your Plan Provider or check with your Managed-care Medicare Plan for more information.

1201 East Street, Parkville  816.587.5998
212 Marshall Road, Platte City  816.858.2412

Friday, August 19, 2011


Missourians are flocking to their favorite swimming areas with their families to stay cool and have fun as temperatures have soared.  Organisms that can cause recreational water illness (RWI) can be found in swimming pools, water/spray parks, hot tubs, water play areas, lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, and oceans.
Some organisms, like Cryptosporidium that causes diarrhea, can live for days in well-maintained pools treated with chlorine.

Monday, August 15, 2011

HEALTH INSURANCE for Missourians that have been uninsured for 6+ months or longer

The Missouri Health Insurance Pool (MHIP), has announced a 23 percent reduction in premiums for its federal pool program. The pool guarantees health coverage for Missourians with pre-existing medical conditions who have been uninsured for six months or longer. The premium reduction aims to make comprehensive medical coverage accessible to Missourians who otherwise could not afford it. The Department of Insurance issued this press release:

More information about MHIP is available at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Current Immunizations Required for Child Care Enrollment

Children enrolled in child care must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, pneumococcal, polio, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, measles, mumps and rubella and varicella at intervals. State regulation specifies that if the immunization history is not provided on the first day, or the child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, or in progress the child will not be permitted to attend.

Licensing rules require child care facilities, caring for 10 or more children, to review the immunization status of children enrolled in the facility. This information not only protects children but also staff from harmful and potentially deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.

It is the responsibility of the child care facility to maintain the immunization histories of all the children enrolled and to report that information to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by January 15th of each year.

For additional information regarding immunization requirements for children enrolled in child care, mandatory reporting or to obtain an immunization schedule that includes what age children should be immunized against particular diseases, please visit the Department of Health and Senior Services web site at or call 573.751.6124.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Please take a few seconds to take this 6 question survey for the YMCA Community Center North to help them provide the services YOU want to see at your Y!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Funding Opportunity from DESE

The School Age Community (SAC) Grant for before and/or after school programs is now available
for the 2011-2012 year! The purpose of the SAC grant is to increase school age program’s availability
and quality in order to provide a safe environment that meets the needs of the parents and youth in
your community. These funds may be used to start up or expand/enhance current before/after school
programs for youth ages 5 up to 13 years old. Go to  for the guidance and application. Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m.. Tuesday, June 28, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Wolf at DESE at 573-522-2627.


The summer edition of the Healthy Child Care Newsletter is now available at This issue features the following:

  • New Rules for Child Care Facilities

  • New Proposed Rules

  • Safe Sleep Practices Training

  • Free Emergency Response Training

  • Emergency Response Training Flyer

  • Joplin Recovery

  • Outdoor Play

  • Planning Safe Field Trips

  • Preventing Whooping Cough

  • Funding Opportunity for School Age Programs

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Information

  • Let’s Move!

  • Crib Safety

  • Lead Testing

The Healthy Child Care Newsletter is posted quarterly on the DHSS website.


June 28 marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. Please check out the following link regarding questions and answers to safer cribs for babies

Monday, June 27, 2011


In support of World Rabies Day (WRD) on September 28, the WRD Team and Pfizer Animal Health are collaborating to make animal rabies vaccine available at no cost for use on shelter/homeless animals, at low cost/free community animal rabies vaccination clinics, and for feral cat programs. For additional information and an application on how to apply for vaccine, visit:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Father's Day

It's your day, Dads.  Here are some ways you can keep your kids safe and injury free, Father's Day and every day.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Volunteers still in need at Parkville

VOLUNTEERS: Check-in at the Legion Hall (wear tennis shoes). Free tetanus shots available. Come on down to help the community of Parkville!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Many Missouri communities are experiencing flood conditions. As flood waters recede, residents need strategies to minimize the impact of emerging mosquitoes. Fortunately, floodplain mosquitoes are not

considered a public health hazard and do not transmit West Nile virus. Their bites, however, can cause allergic reactions and lead to secondary infections. The Office of Veterinary Public Health has several educational resources on personal protection: Spray Before You Work or Play, How to Choose A Repellent, and How to Protect Your Home

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Salmonella Outbreak linked to baby chicks and ducklings

CDC has announced a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Altona linked to contact with baby chicks and ducklings. Findings of multiple traceback investigations of live chicks and ducklings from homes of ill persons have identified a single mail-order hatchery as the source of these chicks and ducklings.

Fortunately, Missouri has not yet seen cases linked to this outbreak, however, we often see cases of salmonellosis linked to baby chicks and ducks given to children as pets during this time of year.

More information regarding this outbreak is available here:

FDA Warns Not to Feed SimplyThick® to Premature Infants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that parents, caregivers, and health care providers should not feed the thickening product called SimplyThick to infants born before 37 weeks gestation because it may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and death of intestinal tissue.

Friday, May 27, 2011

FREE resource for parents from MADD

MADD has created a great new resource for parents. This evidence-based tool, based on Dr. Robert Turrisi’s successful program for parents of college students, was adapted for parents of high school students to assist parents in communicating with their teens about alcohol and to prevent underage drinking. Research has shown a reduction in the teens’ underage drinking by 30%.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Child Care workshops ONLINE!!!

Child Care Aware of Missouri now offers online training workshops.  Choose from a variety of topics to meet your individual needs. Explore how this new training opportunity can work for you at

Friday, April 29, 2011



The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with local law enforcement partners, is hosting the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted

prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to

2:00 p.m. local time.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Additional information and collection sites are posted at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


In 2008, more than 40,000 children under 16 years of age were treated in emergency rooms due to fall-related injuries. Falls account for 80% of playground injuries and about 45% of injuries are severe, which include fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. Safe Kids reminds parents and caregivers to:

Make sure playground equipment is inspected frequently and kept in good repair. Remove hood and neck drawstrings from children‘s clothing and outerwear and don‘t let kids wear necklaces, purses, or scarves on the playground. Don‘t allow your kids to engage in any pushing, shoving, or crowding around playground equipment. Keep toddlers under age five in a separate play area, away from equipment designed for bigger kids.

Parents and caregivers need to keep kids in sight and in reach on the playground. Kids on a playground need undivided attention. For more information on Playground Safety, visit

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why Parents Should Think Twice before Giving Baby Birds for Easter

Easter traditions are of particular concern for children, placing them at risk for serious illness. Baby animals, including baby chicks and ducks, are sometimes given as gifts or put on display at this time. Because they are so soft and cute, many people do not realize the potential danger baby chicks and ducklings can be to small children. Young birds often carry harmful bacteria called Salmonella. And, each spring some children become infected with Salmonella after receiving a baby chick or duckling for Easter.   To read more:

Friday, April 8, 2011

FREE Chronic Disease Self-Managment class starting soon!!!

Do you or someone you know have heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma...? The PCHD is offering a FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management 6 week workshop starting April 25th. Classes are highly participative, where support and success builds confidence in participants' to manage their disease. Click the link for more info!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

$7 Diabetes Education Classes

LIVE online diabetes education programs now available for just $7.  You will be given the opportunity to learn the American Association of Diabetes Education 7 Behaviors one class at a time.  Each class costs $7.  You pay only for the class you enroll in.

Step 1: Log on to and choose the Classes Tab
Step 2: Pick a class and time. Each class is 45 minutes
Step 3: Pay only for the class you want with a credit card
Call Chuck Termini for more information at 816.304.3193

Thursday, March 24, 2011

FREE Child Care Training: Strategies for Special Needs Children

Lisa Robbins, PhD, will provide a 1 hour training on informational strategies useful for children exhibiting characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays.

WHEN: April 20, 2011 from 6:15-7:15pm
WHERE: Platte County Health Department, 1201 East Street Parkville, MO
Registration Required.  Email

Clean & Healthy Produce Spray

The vinegar in this spray has natural anti-bacterial properties, while the lemon juice is a natural astringent.  The solution works to both breakdown and clean off pesticides.
1 cup water
1cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp baking soda
1/2 lemon
Combine all ingredients in a large container.  Transfer to a spray bottle with a pump.  Spray on produce and let sit for 5 minutes.  Scrub and rinse.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Asthma Education Grant Provides Resources, Education, and Assessments

The Acting on Behalf of My Child to Control Asthma grant targets child care centers, families and caregivers of children diagnosed with asthma. The Platte County Health Department can provide education and resources, free to Platte County Child Care Centers/In Home Providers/Caregivers/Parents of children up to the age of 5. Participants will receive informational packets, an in-home or child care facility assessment along with home/center environmental action plans and asthma materials (AeroChambers, Nebulizer Tubing/Masks).

Participants will learn more about:
  • Signs and symptoms of asthma
  • What makes asthma worse
  • Reducing indoor asthma triggers
  • Using asthma medicines
  • Helping your child control asthma
If you have any questions or would like to receive the one hour educational program please contact Sherrie Kisker, at 816-587-5998 Extension 322 or

Clay County Child Care Centers/Home Providers/Families (outside of KC city-limits) may contact Regina, Clay County Public Health Center at 816-595-4240 to set up an appointment for services available in Clay County.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Seizure Disorder Training for the Child Care Provider

Approximately 2.5 million Americans have epilepsy, and 350,000+ children are affected by the neurological disorder that causes people to have recurrent seizures. This 1 hour training will help the child care provider recognize common seizure types, appropriate first aid, and how to provide social and academic support for children with epilepsy.

Pre Registration is required for the Thursday, February 17th training at the Mo Family Conservancy Workshop calendar.
Visit  to register