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

October 12, 2021

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes and Stephanie Gutierrez

October is Health Literacy Month

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: October is National Health Literacy Month which is a time to recognize the importance of making health information easy to understand and the health care system easier to navigate. Access a national health literacy communication guide, and the CDC action plan to improve health literacy here.

AVAILABLE NOW: The Sunflower Foundation is accepting proposals for Trail Builders until November 9. Grant funding is available to communities of all sizes, locations, and backgrounds to apply for funds to develop public trails. Priority will be given to underserved areas with no existing trails, and projects with an explicit intention of increasing diversity among trail users. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is here.

READ NOW: The impact of telehealth on Kansas is of interest to health providers, the state legislature, and for community property. Consequently, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Health Fund) is releasing new qualitative research focused on provider experience with telehealth. Read the “Telehealth is Here to Stay” resources available here.

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