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

August 31, 2021

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.

SHARE NOW: After a month-long, 42-meeting listening tour across the state, the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has launched the First 1,000 Days campaign to increase awareness and actions needed to improve the healthy development of infants and support for maternal health. Each year in Kansas, more than 35,000 babies will be born, but there are disparities linked to race, rural access and lack of insurance that lead to infant mortality. Campaign details and results of the listening tour are at http://first1000daysks.org/.

LEARN MORE: Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released an issue brief about the need to apply public health strategies for age-friendly housing. This brief outlines current housing challenges faced by older adults and potential areas for community-based actions. This brief summarizes existing programs that offer housing support for older adults and offers recommendations for the community's health. 

REGISTER NOW: October 27, 1-3 p.m. (CST) KUMC and KanDo (KS Disaster Outreach in Communities) is providing the Calming the Inner Storm training to give participants evidence-based practices and explain why self-care works. Participants will have the opportunity to create a personalized self-care routine in small groups. Each participant will be challenged and encouraged to deepen their personal relationships with other co-workers and have the opportunity to meet in small groups, following the training, to continue to learn and support each other as a community. Register here: https://redcap.kumc.edu/surveys/?s=PY3K8F4D3A.

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