Health Promotion & Outreach



The Health Promotion and Outreach Division works to strengthen the public’s health and safety to improve quality of life. Our team of health educators is committed to enriching the lives of all people, so individuals have the knowledge and support they need to assume responsibility for their own health.

This work is done through three key essential public health services: 

  1. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues. 
  2. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems. 
  3. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

Our program focus areas include: active living, healthy eating, tobacco and e-cigarette prevention education, preventive health screenings, and injury prevention. Examples include: 

  • Safe walking and bicycling education and training 
  • Car seat checks for safe transportation of children 
  • Child Care Transportation Training for licensed providers 
  • Employee health promotion 
  • Tobacco-free campus resources 
  • Youth tobacco/e-cigarette prevention and education
  • Information and referral for cancer screenings (specifically breast, cervical, and colon) 

Please visit our program pages for additional information. 

Contact Us:  Telephone:  402-441-8045  ~ Fax: 402-441-8323  ~ TTYNE Relay 7-1-1  ~  Hours: 8:00 - 4:30 M-F

Photo by Rob Evans

Injury Prevention & Safe Kids

Office Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 M-F
Telephone:  402-441-8045
Fax:  402-441-8323
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car-seat-check.png Approximately 25,000 to 26,000 Lancaster County residents each year receive treatment in Lincoln emergency departments for an unintentional injury, the leading cause of death for Lancaster County residents 1-44 years of age. The Injury Prevention Program monitors injury levels in our community and mobilizes resources to address leading causes of injury

Prevention activities from our program include:

  • Monthly child car seat inspections
  • Child Care Transportation Training for licensed childcare providers who transport children
  • Bike and pedestrian safety resources to schools and community groups
  • Home safety education to childcare providers, physicians, and human service agencies to share with the families they serve
  • Education to volunteer youth sports coaches on concussion and other sports injury prevention
  • Swimming pool safety education for residents who have or use “backyard” pools or spas
  • Fire prevention information for owners/managers of multi-unit residential housing

Our program accomplishes these and other injury prevention efforts by working with businesses, civic groups, faith-based organizations, and other City Departments in a coordinated manner which maximizes our combined resources.


Check out these helpful videos made by some of Lincoln's own bike experts in partnership with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and 10 HEALTH-TV.





Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County was chartered in 1995. Its mission is to prevent the number one killer of children 14 years of age and younger - accidental injury. Coalition Task Forces address priority injury areas including: child passenger safety, child pedestrian and bicycle safety, sports injury prevention, fire and burn prevention, water safety, and home safety.


Chronic Disease Prevention

Office Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 M-F
Telephone:  402-441-8045
Fax:  402-441-8323
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Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In Nebraska, nearly 4 in 10 adults have 3 or more chronic diseases. Chronic disease makes learning and working more difficult, is expensive to treat, and puts a strain on our health care system. Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, they are also among the most preventable.

Our Chronic Disease Prevention program works to prevent or delay the onset of chronic conditions that limit activities of daily living. Health education programs encourage healthy living, embrace health screenings for early detection of disease, and encourage appropriate self-management of existing diseases. Program activities include community education on topics such as:

  • increasing physical activity and developing healthy eating habits
  • diabetes prevention or control
  • learning to manage chronic health problems
  • information and referral for cancer screening (specifically breast, cervical, and colon)

Program activities are successful because of the collaboration with local health clinics, hospitals, businesses, schools, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, non-profit organizations, community and cultural centers, and other City departments who work together to improve the health of the community.

Check out these helpful videos made by some of Lincoln's own bike experts in partnership with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and 10 HEALTH-TV.


5-4-3-2-1 Go!

Office Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 M-F
Telephone:  402-441-8045
Fax:  402-441-8323
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5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a public education message that promotes healthy behaviors. This simple message provides evidence-based health recommendations kids and families need to be healthy and fit. Each number stands for an action step to count your way to healthier choices every day:

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day
  • 4 servings of water a day
  • 3 servings of low-fat dairy a day
  • 2 hours or less of screen time a day
  • 1 or more hours of physical activity a day



Series Introduction

5 Serving of Fruits and Vegetables

4 Servings of Water

3 Servings of Low-Fat Dairy

2 Hours or Less of Screen Time

1 Hour of Exercise

Playful City USA



This message was created by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC). 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® is a registered trademark and Copyright © 2004 Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. All rights reserved.

Lancaster County Crusade Against Colon Cancer     lccac-logo.jpg

Office Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 M-F
Telephone:  402-441-8045
Fax:  402-441-8323
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Locations to Pick Up a FOBT Kit


Request a FOBT Kit By Mail

The Lancaster County Crusade Against Cancer (Crusade) is a partnership of community agencies, organizations, and volunteers who work together to increase colon cancer awareness in the community and promote compliance with screening(PDF, 69KB) recommendations. During March and April, colon cancer awareness and screening(PDF, 69KB) activities include community wide outreach and media campaigns, worksite outreach, health-care provider outreach and pharmacy distribution of free colon cancer test kits. Contact us to join or get more information about the Crusade.

  • Colorectal cancer screenings can begin at age 45 for both men and women who are at average risk. There are a number of recommended screening options and each person should discuss the options with their physician to determine what is the best test for them and when to start.
  • If you are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer, you should begin colorectal cancer screening before age 50 and/or be screened more often. According to the American Cancer Society, personal history or strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps or a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) make your risk higher than average. More information is available here.

Love Your Butt PSA

Guide for Pharmacies


Tobacco Prevention & Education

Office Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 M-F
Telephone:  402-441-8045
Fax:  402-441-8323
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Our program goals include keeping children from starting to use tobacco and nicotine products like e-cigarettes and promoting tobacco-free environments. Established community partnerships allow us to:

  • Educate youth, youth leaders, parents, and other adults to change cultural norms regarding tobacco and electronic cigarettes
  • Assist businesses in establishing tobacco-free campus policies
  • Assist property owners in implementing smoke-free housing policies and renters in locating smoke-free housing – check out this map
  • Monitor retailer compliance with tobacco and vapor product sales laws
  • Provide quitting resources



Lincoln Smoking Regulation FAQ Sheet(PDF, 147KB)            Lincoln Smoking Regulation Act (LSRA) 
Quitting Resource  Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act

Business signage available 
here. Or call 402-441-8045.


Tobacco Free Lancaster County

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department's Tobacco Prevention and Education program works with the Tobacco Free Lancaster County coalition to promote the following objectives for Lancaster County:

  • Preventing and reducing tobacco and e-cigarette use among youth and adults                                    tflc-logo.jpg
  • Eliminating the public's exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol
  • Ensuring all populations have access to tobacco prevention information and services
  • Promoting tobacco and e-cigarette use cessation among youth and adults

Tobacco & Vaping Surveys and Statistics

Tobacco Resources