Shawnee County Health Department

Leading the way to a healthier Shawnee County.

Community Health Outreach and Planning


Shawnee County Health Department (SCHD) understands the importance of leading the way to a healthier Shawnee County. By being actively involved in the community and projects that are taking place, SCHD strives to be a front runner in improving the overall health of Shawnee County.


The Community Health Outreach and Planning Division is excited to be a part of your community events and programs. In addition to taking part in health fairs and community events, we also provide free presentations and trainings on a variety of topics including:

  • Sex Education
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Nutrition
  • Tobacco Education
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress Management
  • Family Planning
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Personal Hygiene

Additional presentations can be developed based on your organization's need.

Freedom From Smoking

The Shawnee County Health Department has trained facilitators on staff to offer the Freedom From Smoking program, through the American Lung Association. This is a seven week, eight class series that helps individuals assess their tobacco habits, and develop a plan to quit. This group class, is offered for $40 at various times throughout the year. Call 251-5612 to learn more about this program.


SCHD is a proud partner with the KanQuit program, which is a free individualized tobacco program open to anyone in the state of Kansas. Quit coaches are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for one on one sessions. The sessions can be completed online at or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Tobacco 21

SCHD has partnered with local municipalities to enact Tobacco 21 ordinances in order to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. If you would like to see Tobacco 21 enacted in your community please feel free to use the resources below to help you contact community leaders.


  • Fact Sheet
  • Capitol-Journal Editorial
  • Local Endorsement List
  • Signage in Topeka
  • Signage in Unincorporated Shawnee County
  • Letter to Retailers in Topeka
  • Letter to Retailers in Unincorporated Shawnee County

  • Local Ordinances:

  • Unincorporated Shawnee County – Adopted August 10 2017
  • City of Topeka – Adopted December 10 2017
  • Contact Us

    Community Health Outreach and Planning

    2600 SW East Circle Drive
    Topeka, KS 66606




    Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Evenings and weekends are available as needed