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

August 17, 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. Addressing policies, conditions and inequities that contribute to the poor health of Kansans is the most effective way 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: September 8-9, 2021 (12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CDT); National 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium. By 2060, 1 in 4 Americans will be age 65 or older — which means efforts to help older adults stay healthy are a national priority. The Healthy Aging Symposium is being held in observance of Healthy Aging Month. Register here!

PLAY NOW: There are public health games that help highschoolers navigate a fictional epidemic and have fun learning how public health works. Recommended by KHDE Local Public Health Program staff are:
Outbreak at WatersEdge

LEARN NOW: Last week’s national APHA Symposium on Health and Medical Misinformation featured studies from the US/UK Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH). A new resource of the CCDH helps consumers and community health leaders learn (Don’t Feed the Trolls) How to Deal with Hate on Social Media. Instead of engaging or arguing with trolls spreading health misinformation, page 9 of the downloadable handbook lists action steps for effective counter-strategy.

Next week's Community Health Corner will be live at the Extension Agent Update, August 23-26. See you there!

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