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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

June 15, 2021

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes

According to the CDC, community health uses science-based approaches for the greatest health benefit to the greatest number of people by addressing social, economic and structural drivers that impact health. Changes in policies, systems and environments, settings are among the most effective ways to tackle big health issues. Being healthy is not just about individual choices, it’s also about the conditions that influence everyone’s health.

REGISTER NOW: June 23 – August 25 (12-1 p.m.) Free Summer Self-Care Series is an online 10-part webinar series brought to you by University of Illinois Extension. These sessions are designed to educate individuals on a variety of health topics. Register here.

INSPIRE: The shortage of mental health professionals, especially counselors, psychologists, social workers for Kansas schools is well documented. This month KSDE shared information comparing the current to the recommended ratio of school-based support professionals to number of students. A “grow-our-own-model” of inspiring young people to consider careers in the support professions for Kansas is encouraged. The nation’s full report, with interactive state/school district maps is available here.

NAVIGATE “HALF-VAXXED”: Johns Hopkins epidemiologist offers tips for parents who are vaccinated but their children are not.

The takeaways:
• The best way to protect your child is by getting vaccinated yourself.
• Monitor your child’s potential exposures; make reasonable decisions based on indoor risks.
• Even though you may be vaccinated, “modeling behavior” is important. Wear a mask in solidarity with your child.
• Double-check that your child hasn’t been feeling ill prior to get-togethers.
• Choose outdoor venues as much as possible.
• If your kids are attending camp, research and ask about the camp’s COVID-19 precautions—are staff vaccinated?

For more information, contact Elaine Johannes, ejohanne@ksu.edu.