NORTON FACT

  • By webstratics
  • 11 Jun, 2016

June 11, 2016

County Commissioners also serve as the County Board of Health. I take that responsibility very seriously. I just completed an informative and enlightening symposium at the Kansas Leadership Center centered around Healthy communities and the social determinants of Health. Several years ago I completed the year long Kansas Health Leadership program. I followed that by being invited to participate in the National Public Health Leadership Institute at the Uni versity of North Carolina. After a year long academic endeavor, I became a national public health scholar. In 2007 I fostered and sponsored a two day community conference and conversation called 'Prescription for a Healthy Community' that brought together health administrators, practitioners, business and public health advocates to learn and innovate. That was followed a couple of years later by a workshop on Access to Health. As Kansas Association of Counties president my yearly initiative was a program to orient and train County Commissioners around the State about their role as Boards of Health in their counties. Over the years I have been involved in workgroups on Community Health Center needs, Simulation Centers, KU Med Wichita growth and support, EMS protocols and delivery, Chronic Disease prevention and countless other topics. I take my Board of Health responsibilites seriously.

Norton Facts

By webstratics 09 Jul, 2016
Spent several years studying the Fire District services and facility in my part of the County. It was apparent that a new station was needed. The Station 34 at 71st and West St. was becoming tired and needed major renovations especially in comparison to some of the new stations that we had built. Analysis indicated that it was a high volume station and much of the calls came from Haysville proper and the corridor along Broadway. There was no upgrade sche duled. I lobbied colleagues, partnered with Haysville officials, found funding and today we have a modern, new facility in Main St. in Haysville. Response times have improved, insurance rates went down for a significant number of Fire District folks, it houses the Quint that offers more capacity for some of the our big industrial businesses in the catchment area. It should serve the South Central part of Sedgwick County for decades.
By webstratics 02 Jul, 2016
Several years ago I worked on the Homeless Task Force for 18 months to develop a plan to address Chronic Homelessness in Sedgwick County. The Housing First initiative, the United Methodist Open Door one-stop center, and a new system for temporary housing have already been instituted and are having amazing results. The last point in time count showed significant progress in the numbers of Chronic homeless in our community. Sadly, there was a rise in the numbers o f families and teenagers in distress. So I am still a strong advocate for reducing homelessness, matching services to the need, supporting strong mental health services and particularly dealing with the issues of homeless Veterans. Wrap around services provided by the County are essential to mitigating this problem. My work with the United Way and Salvation Army keep me connected to and knowledgeable of this critical issue in our community on an ongoing basis.
By webstratics 25 Jun, 2016
I was very involved in the whole evolution of the downtown arena. Made countless decisions on amenities, management, design, parking, etc. Attended every public meeting and read all the online surveys to try to get an understanding of what the public wanted in a new arena. Voted to put it up for a public vote that passed and moved the project along. Supported the creation of an outside oversight committee of community members. Insured that the sales tax ended in 30 months as promised. Gave over forty tours of Intrust Bank Arena while it was under construction to citizens who were interested in an effort to communicate that it was the citizen's arena. The Intrust Bank Arena became one of the key catalysts for the revitalization of the core downtown that is flourishing today.
By webstratics 17 Jun, 2016
I was at the first meeting when we founded the Kansas Technical Training Initiative (KTTI) that led to the building of the National Center for Aviation Training that has become one of the premier aerospace and advanced manufacturing centers in United States. I voted for the funding that built the amazing educational and training center that continues to grow in student population and placement. I served on the WATC board and was instrumental in stablizing the   entity and helped create the SCETA board that oversaw the growth and move to NCAT. I was at the first meeting when the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) was conceived and created and was active in the mission development and launch. I was at the first meeting that helped create the vision and infrastructure for the Visioneering Wichita process. I was at the first meeting of the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) as the Mayor of Haysville that has grown to a consortium of Cities and Counties in South Central Kansas to advocate for the economic vitality of the region. I am a believer in and advocate for investment in workforce development, technical training and regional cooperation on economic development and have put significant time, energy and intellect into each of the inititatives over the years.
By webstratics 11 Jun, 2016
County Commissioners also serve as the County Board of Health. I take that responsibility very seriously. I just completed an informative and enlightening symposium at the Kansas Leadership Center centered around Healthy communities and the social determinants of Health. Several years ago I completed the year long Kansas Health Leadership program. I followed that by being invited to participate in the National Public Health Leadership Institute at the Uni versity of North Carolina. After a year long academic endeavor, I became a national public health scholar. In 2007 I fostered and sponsored a two day community conference and conversation called 'Prescription for a Healthy Community' that brought together health administrators, practitioners, business and public health advocates to learn and innovate. That was followed a couple of years later by a workshop on Access to Health. As Kansas Association of Counties president my yearly initiative was a program to orient and train County Commissioners around the State about their role as Boards of Health in their counties. Over the years I have been involved in workgroups on Community Health Center needs, Simulation Centers, KU Med Wichita growth and support, EMS protocols and delivery, Chronic Disease prevention and countless other topics. I take my Board of Health responsibilites seriously.
By webstratics 05 Jun, 2016
Recently the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit opened at our Sedgwick County Zoo. I am proud that I voted for this amazing addition to our already wonderful Zoo. The new habitat and boma will be home to Stephanie and six new elephants. I have consistently supported and advocated for the public/private partnership that has governed this jewel of our community since its inception. It is critical that we maintain the operating agreement that has served us so well over the years and has been void of political influence. We are lucky to have the Zoological Society board that are so dedicated to the mission of our Zoo. Not to mention Director Mark Reed and his highly trained staff that do the yeoman's work of caring for the animals and the grounds.
By webstratics 29 May, 2016
Several years ago as chairman of the Wichita Area Metro Planning Organization for transportation co-ordination (WAMPO) I worked diligently with Wichita City Manager Bob Layton and State Engineer Jerry Youngers to insure County participation in the I-235 and Kellogg exchange project so that it would not be moved to a later date. The design of the interchange had safety and traffic movement issues for many years. This allowed both the Webb and Greenwich project on the eastside and the west interchange construction to move forward and not be delayed for several more years.
By webstratics 21 May, 2016
The new Child Advocacy Center will open sometime this summer. I have been actively involved with the prevention of Child Abuse since the late 80's when I was on the Child Abuse Prevention council. More recently I am honored to have been part of the Leadership team that helped raise over 7 million dollars to refurbish the former Lincoln Elementary school to become our new multi-jursdictional, multi-discipline Child Advocacy Center that will house Wichita Police, Sedgwick County Sheriff, District Attorney, Department of Children and Families, the Exploited and Missing Children Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Human Trafficking, a medical component and more.
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