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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

February 1, 2022

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes

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Community health uses science-based approaches for the greatest health benefit to the greatest number of people by addressing the social, economic and structural drivers that impact health. The National Extension Framework for Health Equity and Well-being recommends health equity and community approaches to ensure that every person has the opportunity to "attain his or her full health potential," and no one is "disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances." The following tools and resources can be used to further improve health equity and well-being for communities.

ENROLL NOW: Kansas Children’s Service League has several child abuse prevention trainings scheduled (including some evening trainings!). These trainings are free and open for anyone to attend. Please forward this email to your colleagues and partners. For a current schedule and descriptions, and to register, please find the full listing at KCSL Trainings and Events. The trainings are all KDHE approved for child care licensing hours, and all participants will receive certificates of attendance (which will work for BSRB and KDHE licensing). Email Rachelle Soden of KCSL with questions.

LEARN NOW: Though National Cervical Cancer Awareness month has drawn to a close, cancer awareness and prevention are still important to Kansans. Cancer rates and historical trends for Kansas are available at the American Cancer Society’s Statistics Center. HPV vaccines can help prevent infection from both high risk HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer and low risk types that cause genital warts. The vaccine is available for all males and females through age 45. Those 15 and older, a full three-doses series is needed. Learn more about HPV vaccinations through the Immunize Kansas Coalition.

SUBSCRIBE NOW: During the Kansas legislative session the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) publishes Health at the Capitol which is a weekly summary of bills and actions impacting the health and well-being of Kansans. KHI also publishes in-depth reports like the Kansas Medicaid 2022 Primer that makes complex topics clearer. Subscribe for the free updates from KHI here.

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