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

November 16, 2021

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes and Stephanie Gutierrez

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.

READ NOW: Dental therapy is a proven community-based solution that ensures all children and families in America have access to oral health care, which is associated with overall community health. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has developed information resources for community-based dental therapists who deliver care to communities where dental care was not accessible for everyone. Access the WKKF Dental Therapy Partner Toolkit here.

INVESTIGATE NOW: The 2020 Census Demographic Data Map Viewer is a web map application that includes state-, county-, and census tract-level data from the 2020 Census. The map includes data related to population, race, Hispanic origin, housing and group quarters. The map automatically switches from state data to county data and tract data as you zoom in to more detailed scales. Interact with the live mapping application here.

REGISTER NOW: November 22; 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. NASEM webinar Evolving Crisis Standards of Care and Ongoing Lessons from COVID-19: Looking Forward. COVID-19 has fundamentally challenged the delivery of all health care services forcing difficult choices on health care providers. This National Academies workshop will explore Crisis Standards of Care recommendations in light of ongoing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on disaster planning, legal and equity considerations and staffing considerations. Register here.

For more information, contact Elaine Johannes, ejohanne@ksu.edu; and Stephanie Gutierrez, smgutier@k-state.edu.

The next Community Corner will be on November 30, after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Be well!