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

December 7, 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.

Use Now: The Society for Women's Health Research has published the resource - Crucial Vaccination Conversations: A Roadmap to Engage Women and Their Communities. The roadmap is designed to guide community program planners as they engage women and their families in meaningful conversations and initiatives to improve individual and public health.

Register Now: Tuesday, December 14, at 3 p.m. ET. Join the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps webinar as they explore the issues and impacts surrounding access to high-speed internet. This webinar will demonstrate how users can identify the percentage of households connected to high-speed internet, explore the implications of digital redlining, and share strategies to bridge the digital divide. Register Here. Before attending the webinar, explore data on digital redlining revealing how low broadband rates in urban, and segregated pockets compound inequities- https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/reports/digital-redlining.

Join Now: Join the Diverse Elders Coalition and its members, in partnership with the National Alliance for Caregiving, on Wednesday, December 8, at 1 p.m. ET. to discuss findings from a recently released report, Family Caregiving for Older Adults from Diverse Communities. The report highlights impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on family caregivers; related implications for older adults from diverse communities; and ways to strengthen recommendations from the recently released RAISE Family Caregivers Act Initial Report to Congress to better address the unmet needs of racially and ethnically diverse family caregivers. Register Here.

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