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K-State Research and Extension
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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

November 30, 2021

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes and Stephanie Gutierrez

Surgeon General's Toolkit to Address Misinformation

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.

USE NOW: U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy’s 22-page Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation. The toolkit includes common types of misinformation that threaten everyone’s health, and a checklist to evaluate the accuracy of health-related content. More information about how to use the toolkit to stop misinformation is here.

REGISTER NOW: December 16, 2021 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. CT; one hour break from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.), the NASEM Economic Innovations to Support Health, Equity, and Well-being workshop explores the economic factors that shape health and impact equity. The workshop presentations and discussions explore research, practices, and policies relevant to the health and economic stability of families and workers. Register here.

DISCOVER NOW: Most children ages 5 and older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccinations have undergone rigorous review, are authorized by FDA and are recommended by CDC for kids ages 5-11. Find where vaccinations are available at vaccines.gov or contact your health care provider or local pharmacy.

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