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This page is an index of all audio clips on the DHHS Website including sound bites associated with DHSS news releases, public service announcements (PSAs) and podcasts.  All audio clips are provided in MP3 format.  Sound bites and PSAs are listed below by the most recent publishing date.



- Conversations for a Healthy Life
    (Office of Women's Health)




Halloween Safety Tips for trick or treaters/Leah Bucco-White, DHHS spokesperson

  1. Safe costumes
  2. Trick or treat together
  3. Save your treats and use extra caution


MP3 3/8/2018
Prevent Lead Poisoning in Nebraska Children – DHHS Receives Grant to Strengthen Statewide Prevention Efforts/Dr. Tom Williams, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health, Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist

  1. Identify children who may have been exposed to lead and link families with services. - Dr. Williams
  2. Prevention of lead exposure is key. - Dr. Safranek


MP3 3/7/2018
Trading Winter Cold for a Warmer Climate This Spring Break? DHHS Says Don’t Forget the Bug Spray/Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist

  1. Be aware of mosquitoes and flies that can carry disease
  2. Fight the bite prevention tips


MP3 12/28/2017
Make Health Your Resolution & Ditch Tobacco in 2018/Amanda Mortensen, Tobacco Free Nebraska Program Manager
  1. January free NRT promotion
  2. Call quitline for two weeks of free product


MP3 12/14/2017
Be Healthy, Be Safe and Be Merry this Holiday Season/Leah Bucco-White, DHHS spokesperson
  1. Holiday Health Tips


MP3 12/7/2017
Alone, On Their Back, In a Crib – Twelve More Nebraska Hospitals Achieve Safe Sleep Champion Status/Dr. Tom Williams, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health
  1. Campaign provides safe sleep training/education.
  2. Same safe sleep message is shared with Nebraska parents.
  3. Increase in safe sleep awareness will result in more babies sleeping in safe environments.
  4. The ABCs of safe sleep.


MP3 11/30/2017
Medicaid Heritage Health Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 15/ Thomas “Rocky” Thompson, Interim Director, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term

  1. Medicaid Heritage Health Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 15


MP3 11/03/2017
First Flu-Related Death of Season Reported to DHHS/ Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist

  1. Get vaccinated. Flu can have serious health impacts
  2. Isolated variant flu case in Nebraska


MP3 10/24/2017
Keep the ‘Happy’ in Happy Halloween With These Safety Tips/Leah Bucco-White, DHHS spokesperson

  1. Make sure safety is part of your Halloween plan
  2. Be present and use extra caution
  3. Go trick-or-treating together and save your treats
  4. Safe costume tips


MP3 10/12/2017
DHHS Enhancing Oral Health Workforce and Improving Preventive Services / Dr. Charles F. Craft, State Dental Health Director
  1. Dental Shortage
  2. Oral Health Grant
  3. Community Health Teams
  4. Teeth Forever Program Implementation


MP3 9/06/2017
Nebraskans Recognize Behavioral Health Recovery/Sheri Dawson, Director, Division of Behavioral Health
  1. Recovery has a broader meaning.... 


MP3 9/1/2017 - PSA
DHHS Offers Free Water Screening at Husker Harvest Days 30 - Second PSA 


MP3 7/18/2017
Hot Weather Safety – Prevent Heat-Related Illness With These Tips/Leah Bucco-White, DHHS Spokesperson

  1. Quick tips – Stay cool, hydrated, limit outdoor activities
  2. Best defense is prevention
  3. Infants, elderly, outdoor workers at increased risk
  4. More comprehensive list of heat-related illness prevention tips
MP3 6/28/2017
Four for the 4th – Celebrate safely this Independence Day with these tips / Leah Bucco-White, DHHS spokesperson
  1. Fireworks safety tips - all
  2. Fireworks safety tips - 1-3
  3. Fireworks safety tips – 4-8
  4. Grilling safety – use a meat thermometer
  5. Swimming safety tips – all
  6. Outdoor safety – sunscreen and bug spray



MP3 6/8/2017
Coping with Crying 30-Second Radio Spot
  1. English
  2. Spanish


MP3 5/23/2017
Let the Summer Fun Begin/Leah Bucco-White, DHHS spokesperson

  1. Summer is an exciting time of year but kids can be at risk for injuries
  2. Quick list of tips to keep summer safe
  3. Tip 1 – Swim safely
  4. Tip 2 – Protect your skin
  5. Tip 3 – Stay hydrated
  6. Tip 4 – Don’t get bit
  7. Tip 5 – Wear a helmet
  8. Tip 6 – Buckle up
  9. Tip 7 – Wash hands often
  10. Tip 8 – Chill leftovers quickly
  11. Tip 9 – Walk safely
  12. Tip 10 – Be an engaged driver


MP3 5/4/2017
Warmer Days Bring Tick Season to Nebraska/Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist

  1. Ticks are active
  2. Tick-related illness can be serious. It’s important to prevent bites
  3. Prevent bites – Use insect repellent
  4. Prevent bites – Additional tips


MP3 3/17/2017
DHHS Traveling to Eight Nebraska Towns Seeking Public Comment on Long-Term Care Redesign / Calder Lynch, Director, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care

MP3 3/10/2017
Students Traveling for Spring Break Encouraged to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes / Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist
  1. Students traveling to Zika-affected areas should take precautions
MP3 1/24/2017
Activity Increasing Rapidly – Numerous Outbreaks Reported to DHHS / Dr. Tom Safranek/State Epidemiologist
  1. Prime Flu Season
  2. Importance of Antivirals
  3. Vaccine is best prevention
  4. Stay home if you're sick
  5. Flu increasing rapidly
MP3 12/23/2016
New Year’s Resolution - Give up Tobacco for Good / Amanda Mortensen, Tobacco Free Nebraska Program Manager
  1. New Years Resolution Advice
  2. Free Product for Nebraskans
  3. January 31 Deadline for Free Product
  4. Quitline Number and Web site Information
MP3 11/2/2016
Flu Surveillance Starts Statewide/ Dr. Tom Safranek, DHHS State Epidemiologist
  1. Flu vaccine best protection we have
  2. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot
MP3 11/1/2016
Heritage Health Enrollment Ending / Calder Lynch, Director, Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care
  1. Heritage Health Enrollment Ending
MP3 8/8/2016
Send Your Children Back to School With Up-to-Date Vaccinations/ Sara Morgan, administrator, Lifespan Health
  1. Checking to see if your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date should be part of your back-to-school routine.
  2. Required immunizations for kindergarten/first grade and seventh grade.
  3. Getting children all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids from serious diseases.
MP3 6/22/2016
Safety First for a fun Fourth of July / Judy Martin, Deputy Director, Community and Environmental Health
  1. Fireworks Safety
  2. Food Safety on 4th of July
  3. Mosquito and Bug Bite Prevention
  4. Sunburn and Heat-related Problems
MP3 5/4/2016
Safe Drinking Water is Our Business / Howard Isaacs, administrator, Office of Drinking Water and Environmental Health
MP3 2/25/2016
Child Flu-related Death Reported to DHHS / Dr. Tom Safranek / Dr. Tom Safranek, State Epidemiologist
MP3 2/01/2016
Fast Facts About Zika virus / Dr. Tom Safranek / State Epidemiologist