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Prioritizing Our Healthy Futures

Healthy Bourbon County Action Team

Our Priorities and Successes

Bourbon County Food & BWERC Response.

Examples of Our Work and Recent Accomplishments:

  • An assessment of county wide trails systems, City of Fort Scott sidewalks and bikability, and unique plan for Uniontown.
  • The City of Fort Scott formally adopted a master non-motorized transportation plan, referred to as the PedNet Plan.
    The City of Uniontown created and adopted a pedestrian plan to keep their school-aged youth safe when walking to and from school, the Uniontown PedNet Plan.
  • A Tri-County alternative transportation plan and committee made up of Allen, Bourbon and Crawford Counties.
  • Acquisition of land for additional trails at Gunn Park.
  • New walking trail lighting at Riverfront Park Trails and Fort Scott Community College Trails.
  • Wayfnding Signs and Kiosks built and erected at local trail heads.
  • Bike racks made and installed locally throughout the community.
  • Bike Share Program implemented and in full swing, managed by the Fort Scott Area chamber of Commerce.
  • Our healthcare provider created a new service line, Diabetes Prevention Program, piloted with Peerless Products, Inc.
  • WIC relocated once a month so pregnant mothers do not have to choose between applying for WIC or receiving prenatal care due to limited time of work or transportation issues.
  • Collaboration of healthcare providers with USD 234 to create a new service, The Children Wellness Clinic, to combat childhood obesity. This is now an undertaking of CHCSEK.
    Developed Bourbon County’s frst Wholesale Food Directory of locally produced buyers and suppliers.
  • We were able to engage 5 food retail establishments and 9 restaurants within our community who are now promoting and providing locally produced foods within their businesses.
  • We now have certifed tobacco cessation specialists not only in our community, but in the region as a direct result of our work. Giving doctors, counselors, worksites, or anyone a place to refer those who are seeking help to quit tobacco.
  • School aged youth and teens in two school districts now have healthier environments with water bottle flling stations, new playground equipment and gym enhancements in both Uniontown and Fort Scott School
  • Worksites have implemented Workwell KS policy  and environmental changes: City of Fort Scott, Fort Scott Community College, Peerless Products Inc, Landmark National Bank, USD 234, USD
    235, and Bourbon County. They have implemented health worksite wellness policy and supportive environmental changes like tobacco free work places, access to workout equipment, standing desks, walking breaks, and more.

2018 Kansas Community Health Champion Award Winners

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The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team is
comprised of dedicated community leaders who are
committed to creating a healthier future for Bourbon
County residents.

Meet the Team

Jody Hoener (Director), Bourbon County
Karlea Abel, CHCSEK
Sherise Beckham, CHCSEK
Craig Campbell, Mercy Health Systems
Rhonda Hoener, USD 235
Sally Johnson, City of Uniontown
Alysia Johnston, Fort Scott Community College
Christi Keating, CHCSEK
David Lipe, Sharky’s Pub and Grub
Lindsay Madison, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
Alice Mafett, SEK Multi County Health Department
Joy Miller, K-State Research and Extension Southwind District
Lori Nelson, Fort Scott Middle School
Dr. Randy Nichols, City of Fort Scott
Gina Shelton, USD 234
Ally Turvey, City of Fort Scott
Chelsea Yount, Fort Scott Community College

Building a Healthier Bourbon County

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