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October 19, 2021 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec is excited to announce its annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, which will be held this weekend on October 23 and 24. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of a busy Fort on the Missouri Frontier. Reenactors will demonstrate musket firing, cannon firing, infantry drill, mail call and historic cooking.

What: 34th Annual Fall Muster    

When: Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
105 Osage Street, Sibley, MO 64088

Cost: Adults – $8.00
Seniors (62 and over) – $4.00
Youth (ages 5-13) – $4.00
Five and under – Free

Contact:   Fred Goss, Site Administrator
Jackson County Parks + Rec
(816) 650-3278

About Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, Fort Osage was built in 1808. Under the initial direction of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the historic Fort served a dual role as both a military garrison and a trade center. Today, authentically attired historical interpreters take visitors on a journey through this national historic landmark. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the reconstructed historic site overlooking the Missouri River as they learn about the daily life of military, civilian and Native American populations at Fort Osage. Also explore 4,000 square feet of museum exhibitions in the Fort Osage Education Center and a museum store with unique gifts and souvenirs. Fort Osage National Historic Landmark is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2022

 

Media Contact:
Marcy Caldwell, Jackson County Parks + Rec
(816) 503-4831 | mcaldwell@jacksongov.org

 

35th Annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec is excited to announce its annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23. Reenactors from across the Midwest will lead the event. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of a bustling Missouri frontier fort, as men and women in period attire interpret an active 1810 military post. Activities include musket firing, cannon firing, infantry drill, pay call, fife and drum playing, blacksmithing, mail call and historic cooking. Hands-on family-friendly activities in the Fort Osage Education Center add to the fun. 

         What:      35th Annual Fort Osage National Historic Landmark Fall Military Muster     

         When:      Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

         Where:    Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
                         105 Osage Street, Sibley, MO 64088

          Cost:       Adults - $8.00
                          Seniors (62 and over) - $4.00
                          Youth - $4.00
                          Five and under - Free

          Contact:   Fred Goss, Site Administrator
                           Jackson County Parks + Rec
                           (816) 650-3278

 

About Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, Fort Osage was built in 1808. Under the initial direction of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the historic Fort served a dual role as both a military garrison and a trade center. Today, authentically attired historical interpreters take visitors on a journey through this national historic landmark. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the reconstructed historic site overlooking the Missouri River as they learn about the daily life of military, civilian and Native American populations at Fort Osage. Also explore 4,000 square feet of museum exhibitions in the Fort Osage Education Center and a museum store with unique gifts and souvenirs. Fort Osage National Historic Landmark is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

 

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September 2, 2022

Media Contact:

Jeremy Van Deventer, Event Organizer

(816) 805-6146

Jeremycvandeventer@gmail.com

 

“Bright Lights for Charlie” Press Conference

Announcing a fundraising event for the family of Charlie Criniere

 

Jackson County, Mo. – A press conference announcing “Bright Lights for Charlie,” a bike ride and fundraising event to benefit the family of Charlie Criniere, who lost his life in a hit and run bike accident on View High Drive last Saturday, will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 10 a.m. at Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road.  Speakers will include:

  • Frank White, Jr. – Jackson County Executive
  • Tony Miller – Jackson County Legislator and Land Use Committee Chair
  • Athol Barnes – Pastor, Grace Point Baptist Church
  • Jeremy Van Deventer – Event Organizer

“My heart goes out to all of those who knew and loved Charlie, especially his wife and children,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “With over 150 miles of hiking, biking, walking and equestrian trails in our parks system, we value and prioritize safety. Jackson County partnering on this bike ride is one way to show our support for Charlie’s family and to amplify the voices advocating to decrease the dangers of walking and biking for everyone.”

Charlie Criniere was a middle school math teacher for the Grandview School District.  He was also a Deacon at Grace Point Baptist Church and a loving husband to Megan Criniere who is currently homeschooling 9 of their 10 children. 100% of the money raised through the ride will benefit Charlie’s family.

The “Bright Lights for Charlie” Bike Ride, named in honor of Charlie’s children and students, represents the beginning of a campaign for cyclists to be SEEN. The bike ride will be held Saturday, September 17, starting at 8 a.m. at Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road. Routes will vary from 10 miles to 100 kilometers. In lieu of a registration fee, free will donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Jeremycvandeventer@gmail.com.

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April 19, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec invites you to enjoy a day of fun for the entire family at its annual Children’s Day & Sheep Shearing event on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

What: Children’s Day and Sheep Shearing 

When: Saturday, May 1 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where:    Missouri Town 1855
8010 East Park Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Cost: Adults - $7, Children (5-13) - $4
Seniors (62 and older) - $4, Children 4 and under - Free

On-site: Jenna Peterson Riley, Jackson County Parks + Rec

Contact: jpetersonriley@jacksongov.org (816) 524-8770

Spring has sprung and it is time to celebrate! Visit Missouri Town 1855, an open-air living history museum spread across 30 acres, and learn about life in the 19th century. Children will delight in the time-honored games and crafts typical of the mid-1800s including stilts, egg races, tin punching, log sawing, and more. The whole family will enjoy listening to period music, touring the heirloom plant gardens, and meeting our heritage breed livestock, including our team of oxen – Studebaker and Weber! 

Alongside our Children’s Day festivities, Missouri Town 1855 will also feature its resident flock of sheep receiving their spring haircuts. Living history interpreters dressed in historical clothing will demonstrate the complete process of wool production from sheep to shawl.

Concessions will be available to purchase. Masks and social distancing are required. For additional information, call (816) 229-8980 or visit online at MakeYourDayHere.com/MissouriTown.

About Missouri Town 1855

Missouri Town 1855 is a historic site and living history museum, owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, with over 25 authentically furnished structures dating from 1820 to 1860 on 30 picturesque acres. Professional interpreters, dressed in 1850s attire, bring history to life for all who visit. Missouri Town 1855 is located in Lee’s Summit, MO on the east side of Lake Jacomo in Fleming Park.

 

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October 28, 2022

 

Jackson County Parks + Rec holds construction kickoff for Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex improvement project

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec is building a better player experience at the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex. A press conference and construction kickoff is planned for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 2 on the field at 3901 SW Longview Road. Media is invited to attend.

The exciting improvement project, completed by Mid-America Sports, includes removal of the existing aglime and the installation of new synthetic turf on five infields. Weather permitting, the work should be completed in the Spring 2023, before the start of our regularly scheduled leagues and tournaments.

“This is a significant improvement and investment in our amazing fields that will not only allow us to host more games, but most importantly, be safer for athletes,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “We’re excited to work with a local company to deliver this project and are actively exploring potential opportunities to further enhance our fields to provide the best player and spectator experience in Jackson County.”

“This project will truly keep the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex at the top of the list of the best ballparks in the Greater Kansas City area,” said Jackson County Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “The market demand for youth and adult sports facilities is only increasing. Along with the other recent capital improvements that have been made, we believe this project will help us maintain our competitive edge and grow usage at the park.”

"For 20 years, Sports America has been holding tournaments at the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex,” said Ron Ring, Owner of Sports America. “We cannot be more excited to see the improvements being made to enhance the player experience and look forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with Jackson County Parks + Rec.”

          What:         Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex Construction Kickoff

         When:         Wednesday, November 2, 2022

         Time:          10:00 a.m.

         Where:       Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex
                              
3901 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

 

Located in beautiful Longview Lake Park in Lee's Summit, Missouri, the Frank White, Jr. Softball Complex is a state-of-the-art softball facility, featuring five lighted, fully irrigated fields. A full-service concession/observation pavilion, picnic tables and restroom facility are also on site.

In 1989, the Jackson County Legislature renamed the complex after County Executive White in recognition of outstanding baseball career with the Kansas City Royals and his contributions to the community. The Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex hosts adult softball leagues, girls’ softball and boys’ baseball tournaments.

Media can contact Jackson County Public Information Officer Marshanna Smith at (816) 881-1391 or msmith@jacksongov.org.

 

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February 25, 2021

Wyandotte County, KS Joins Johnson County, KS and Jackson County, MO in Removing Closing Time Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants, and Taverns

Jurisdictions Focus on Bringing Consistency for Area Businesses While Still Guarding Public Health

Leaders with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, Johnson County, Kansas, and Jackson County, Missouri announced changes today regarding operating hours for bars, restaurants, and taverns in those counties. David Alvey, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, and Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. issued a joint statement:

“We continue to work together as a region to follow the data and take appropriate steps to protect public health. Harmonizing our COVID rules regarding bar and restaurant closing times makes life simpler for businesses and residents. We are encouraged by the progress our region is making in fighting the virus, but we also know the fight is not over, and people need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and get vaccinated.” 

Both the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) and the Jackson County Health Department issued new Health Orders reflecting this change. Johnson County amended an existing Health Order (see details, below). 

“Business owners and operators in our region have gone to great lengths to comply with and implement health protocols to keep their staff, customers, and the community safe since the start of the pandemic,” said David Alvey, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. “Our primary goal has been and remains containing the spread of COVID-19, while simultaneously working to help residents, businesses, and the community manage and retain a sense of normalcy during these challenging times. As such, I’m pleased that the latest public health data is allowing for further relaxation of existing Health Orders for local operators, and that this is being done jointly between Wyandotte, Jackson, and Johnson Counties in an effort to provide consistency and uniformity for both businesses and patrons. While service hours are being expanded, it remains the responsibility of everyone to do so in a safe and controlled manner, working to ensure employees and customers continue to mask up, maintain social distancing, disinfect, and work to protect the public health.”

“Successful partnerships require humility, respect for one another, and sacrificing one’s individual interests for the whole. Not all leaders, especially elected ones, are able to do that. However, I am grateful that from the very early days of this pandemic, we have stood united in our commitment to science and united in our belief that we can be most effective in protecting our communities when we work together,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “While we have relaxed some restrictions in our order, we cannot let our guard down. The UK variant has been found in wastewater systems in eastern Jackson County, Kansas City, and in wastewater originating in Johnson County. Studies show this variant spreads more easily and quickly than others, which could lead to a surge in more COVID cases. Moving forward, it is imperative that mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing are practiced vigorously until we can all get vaccinated.”

“Our local public health order as well as the cooperation of our residents and business community have helped mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert. “We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, physically distance and avoid crowds, but feel that removing this time restriction on our restaurants and bars will help that sector of our business community serve its clientele. We encourage them to do so in the safe manner they have been by following gathering, capacity, and physical distancing protocols.”

Details about the New Wyandotte County Local Health Order (LHO 2/25/21)

The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 26. Under a previous health order, restaurants, bars, and taverns were required to close by 12:30 a.m. Under the new order:

  • The closing time restriction has been lifted. Restaurants, bars, and taverns may remain open until their pre-pandemic closing time.
  • Once closed for the evening, these businesses must remain closed until at least 6 a.m. each day. Restaurants can operate between their pre-pandemic closing time and 6 a.m. for drive through or delivery services only.  

Additional protocols remain the same as outlined in previous orders, including:  

  • Restaurants, bars, and taverns must still restrict customer capacity to no more than 50 percent of building capacity.
  • During business hours, patrons must remain seated to the greatest extent possible, and all patrons must be masked except when actively eating or drinking. 
  • Parties of guests (whether indoors or outdoors) are limited to no more than eight people. 
  • Guest parties must be socially distanced at least six feet apart. 

 

Details About Revisions to Johnson County, KS Local Health Order #002-20

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Johnson County Board of Public Health approved the removal of curfews and closing times for restaurants, bars, night clubs, and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption that are currently included in Section II, paragraphs (4) and (5) of Johnson County Board of Public Health Order No. 002-20. This was effective immediately. No other changes were made to the order, which lasts through March 31, 2021.

Details About the New Jackson County, MO Local Health Order

The new order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 26 and does not apply in the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, or Independence, Missouri. Under the new order:

  • Restaurants, bars, and taverns can resume normal operating hours to serve food and alcohol. Indoor and outdoor seating at tables remains limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Gatherings under 50 people are no longer required to submit a Gathering Protocol.
  • Any gathering exceeding 50 people must submit a Gathering Protocol at least seven (7) business days in advance of the event. The Gathering Protocol must be approved by Jackson County and easily accessible to all attendees.

Gatherings include, but are not limited to, non-essential business activities such as weddings, funerals, lectures, meetings, parades, fairs, festivals, sporting events, and performances. Jackson County’s mask mandate and 50 percent capacity limit for all businesses that are frequented by the public remain in effect.

Jackson County residents and businesses can learn more by visiting the health department online at www.jacohd.org/coronavirus, by phone at (816) 404-6415, or via email at  COVID19@tmcmed.org.

Wyandotte County residents can learn more online at wycokck.org/COVID-19, or by calling 3-1-1. 

Johnson County residents can learn more online at jocogov.org

Media Contacts:

Janell Friesen, Unified Government Public Health Department Public Information Officer, ‪(913) 428-9622, 

Jfriesen@wycokck.org

Jody Hanson, Johnson County Director of Public Affairs and Communication, (913) 715-0730, jody.hanson@jocogov.org

Marshanna Smith, Jackson County, Missouri Public Information Officer, (816) 878-1930, msmith@jacksongov.org

Kayla Parker, Communications Coordinator, Jackson County Health Department (816) 404-8424, kayla.parker@tmcmed.org

 

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June 25, 2021

 

Jackson County announces grand opening for phase two of Rock Island Trail

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is excited to announce the grand opening of the much-anticipated phase two of the Rock Island Trail. The “Ride the Rock” ribbon cutting celebration will take place on Saturday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. starting at the brand new stadium trailhead, located at the Truman Sports Complex, Lot L, accessible through Gate 3 off of Blue Ridge Cutoff.

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., Jackson County Parks + Rec and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) invites local officials, community members and media to celebrate the occasion and enjoy a great day on the trail. Additionally, guests will have an opportunity to leave their mark on the project by signing a piece of rail from the historic Rock Island line. The rail piece will then be displayed at to-be-determined Jackson County Parks + Rec facility. 

 

What:         Ride the Rock - Ribbon Cutting Celebration
                     
Rock Island Trail Phase Two

 

When:        Saturday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Where:       Truman Sports Complex Trailhead
                    
Lot L, Accessible through Gate 3 off of Blue Ridge Cutoff

                                                                                    

The second phase of the Rock Island Trail is seven miles long and runs from Brickyard Road in Kansas City, through Raytown, to the Truman Sports Complex. Combined with phase one, which opened in June 2019, the entire trail is 13.5 miles in length. With completion of the Rock Island Trail, Jackson County now has more than 150 miles of trails in its parks system for people to enjoy.

The new trail segment includes three new trailheads and parking areas, the preservation and re-use of four former railroad bridges and five new trail-only bridges, including the new Wildwood Bridge, which at over 300 feet in length is one of the longest trail bridges in the region.

“The County had a vision to revitalize and energize our community in a way we have never seen before, and now that it has finally come to life, I am so proud and excited to celebrate this major accomplishment,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “With the support of the Legislature, our visitors will enjoy an experience like no other on the Rock Island Trail, including riding a bike all the way from Lee’s Summit to a game, concert or event at the Truman Sports Complex. I am deeply grateful to our Parks + Rec leadership, Rock Island team, contractor and partners for their hard work and perseverance to see this beautiful project through to the very end.”

“We are very excited to open phase two and celebrate the completion of the Rock Island Trail,” said Rock Island Project Manager Matt Davis. “This project transformed a blighted railroad corridor into a beautiful place for Jackson County residents to exercise, recreate and connect with their community. We are proud to finally share this wonderful amenity with the community.”

Following the County’s ribbon cutting ceremony, visitors can walk or bike the Rock Island from the stadium trailhead, encountering other fun activities along the way, including a dedication of the Raytown Chamber Trailhead at Noon.

Total construction costs for phase two of the trail was $11.6 million, paid for by Jackson County with generous grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City, Missouri. Radmacher Brothers Construction of Pleasant Hill, Missouri built all 13.5 miles of the trail for Jackson County.

Jackson County acquired the 17.7-mile Rock Island Railroad Corridor in May 2016, in partnership with the KCATA to preserve the corridor for multi-modal transportation opportunities. Additional information about the Rock Island and other Jackson County trails can be found online at www.makeyourdayhere.com

 

 

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CBIZ’s Carolyn Watley Appointed to Jackson County Pension Plan Board of Trustees 

Kansas City, MO – January 27, 2021 –  The Office of Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., in partnership with the Appointments Project® today announce Carolyn Watley’s appointment to the Jackson County Pension Plan Board of Trustees. Watley’s appointment is the first following the announcement of the Project’s expanded programming to Jackson County. Started in 2014, the Appointments Project® has successfully placed 140 women on boards and commissions, including 28 percent of those appointments represented by women of color.  

“Carolyn Watley is an exemplary choice for the Jackson County Pension Plan Board of Trustees and she’ll bring a unique set of experiences and perspectives to the decision-making table,” County Executive White said. “Carolyn’s appointment is the first in our collaborative partnership with United WE’s Appointments Project® to increase the number of women on county boards and commissions, and we’ll continue to ensure that we’re drawing on the talents and diversity of all our residents.”

The Appointments Project® serves as a talent bank, advisor and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead their communities and works to attract diverse, qualified applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The Appointments Project® formula trains and mentors women through the process of applying for these positions, fast-tracking their ability to get appointed at every level of government.

“We created the Appointments Project® so boards and commissions could reflect the communities they serve,” said Wendy Doyle, United WE President & CEO. “The Appointments Project addresses the gender disparities in local civic leadership and we know Carolyn’s passion for serving her community will be a valuable addition to the Jackson County Pension Plan Board of Trustees.” 

Based on a growing number of success stories, the pipeline of women leaders is growing rapidly across the country. The Appointments Project® fills a critical need in creating a pathway to work with elected officials and better community representation that leads to better lives for all.  

A free public training event is planned for Tuesday, February 2, at 12:00 p.m. CT with local community partners Black Excellence KC, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Sisters’ Circle Greater Kansas City and The Links (Jackson County, MO Chapter). The event will be conducted via webinar and allows Jackson County women to learn about leadership opportunities and guides them through the process of applying for these positions. “We encourage and invite everyone to learn more and join us in unlocking women’s potential for civic leadership,” County Executive White said.

To learn more about the Appointments Project® and RSVP for the training, visit www.united-we.org/appointments-project

About United WE

United Women’s Empowerment, or United WE (formerly the Women’s Foundation), aims to advance all women’s economic and civic leadership. Since 1991, we found and funded kindred spirit organizations and individuals who could advance women’s interests. Now we’re the bold voice of a new generation of empowered leaders. We unite people around unique ideas and pragmatic action that helps break down long standing economic, cultural and policy barriers to ensure a better life for all. Our work includes commissioning transformative research, supporting policy reforms, scaling our fast-growing Appointments Project® and advocating for reforms that honor the legacies of women. Join us. Visit www.united-we.org and connect with @UnitedWomensEmpower on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Appointments Project®

To create lasting change for women and their families, United WE focuses on relevant research and strategic partnerships. In 2014, United WE established the Appointments Project® to empower women and strengthen communities by increasing the gender diversity of civic boards and commissions. Through a landmark study, United WE identified the barriers causing women to be underrepresented on civic boards and commissions and established the Appointments Project® to improve the number of women serving. For more information, please visit www.united-we.org/appointments-project or follow us on social media (FacebookTwitter, Instagram: @appointmentsproject).

 

 

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November 29, 2021

 

Jackson County Executive issues executive order announcing Reapportionment Committee of the County Legislature

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. today issued Executive Order 21-30 announcing the Reapportionment Committee of the County Legislature. In accordance with the Constitutional Home Rule Charter of Jackson County, County Executive White selected three nominees from a slate of six submitted by the Democratic and Republican County Committees. Each of the appointed committee members represent the six county legislative districts.

  • Mr. Bobbie Hernandez (D) 1st Legislative District
  • Ms. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls (D) 2nd Legislative District
  • Mr. Paul Jungmann (R) 3rd Legislative District
  • Mr. Ralph Munyan (R) 4th Legislative District
  • Ms. Ruth Pirch (R) 5th Legislative District
  • Mr. Phil LeVota (D) 6th Legislative District

 

“Jackson County is growing larger and more diverse,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “In the last 10 years, we have grown faster than major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Additionally, I am proud to say that we are the most diverse County in the State of Missouri. As we work to build a better, more equitable Jackson County, the effort of this committee is critical to ensuring our residents have equal and fair representation for the next 10 years. I appreciate their service and my staff and I stand ready to assist as needed.”

Following the opportunity to receive input from the public, the committee must issue a report detailing legislative districts that are “compact, of contiguous territory and as nearly of equal population as practicable.” The report shall be filed with the County Executive’s Office, the Clerk of Legislature and the relevant election authorities within 60 days of the Committee’s appointment.

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May 9, 2021 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. will express his support at Monday’s legislative meeting for “Our Healthy KC Eastside” (OHKCE), a community-based partnership and project to address vaccine hesitancy and health inequities in portions of Jackson County identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having exceedingly high socially vulnerable index scores. The meeting on Monday, May 10 begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Legislative Assembly Area on the 2nd floor of the downtown Jackson County Courthouse.

Led by Dr. Jannette Berkley-Patton, Director of the UMKC Health Equity Institute, the OHKCE project proposes the use of $4,998,014 in CARES Act funding to implement its innovative efforts. The project is proposed to take place June 1, 2021 – November 31, 2021 with primary goals to significantly increase vaccination intake and the use of prevention health services.

Building on nearly two decades of large-scale collaborative community studies, the organizers will fully engage community members in the multi-sectoral COVID-19 education, communication and vaccination project. The OHKCE project will also tap the University of Missouri Kansas City’s, Truman Medical Center’s and the Black Health Care Coalition’s extensive experience in providing health services in community and medical settings on KC’s Eastside.

In addition to County Executive White and Dr. Berkley-Patton, the following project partners will be in attendance to speak on the importance of the OHKCE program:

  • Dr. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Charlie Shields, President and CEO, Truman Medical Centers/University Health
  • Rev. Eric D. Williams, Pastor, Calvary Temple Baptist
  • Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, Dean, UMKC School of Medicine and member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee

These individuals, as well as the Chairman of the Jackson County Legislature, Dan Tarwater, will be available afterward for individual interviews with the media.  

 

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