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March 14, 2023

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Stephanie Gutierrez

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 everyone’s health. The National Extension Framework for Health Equity and Well-being recommends using community development practices 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 improve health equity and well-being by working with communities to achieve the nation’s Healthy People 2030 objectives.

JOIN NOW: Join the County Health Rankings annual release webinar March 14, 2023, 3 p.m. The webinar will feature new measures, focus on the connection between civic health and thriving people and places, introduce new and easy ways to find data and highlight new strategies from What Works for Health to build equity in your community. Register for the webinar here.

The Podcast “In Solidarity” will also be previewed. The podcast features nine interviews with some of the nation’s most forward thinkers on equity and health - https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/online-and-on-air/podcasts.

READ NOW: The National Academies’ Roundtable on Obesity Solutions convened a series of workshops on how to bridge evidence gaps within foundational drivers of obesity and translate knowledge toward actionable solutions. The third and final workshop in the series, "Defining Progress in Obesity Solutions through Structural Changes," explored methods to assess progress in addressing the structural drivers of obesity (namely structural racism, biased mental models and social norms, and health communication) within different systems: political, economic, environmental, health care and sociocultural). Read the full report from all workshops here.

EXPLORE NOW: Whole health is physical, behavioral, spiritual and socioeconomic well-being as defined by individuals, families and communities. Whole health care is an interprofessional, team-based approach anchored in trusted relationships to promote well-being, prevent disease and restore health. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Samueli Foundation, and the Whole Health Institute commissioned the National Academies to establish a committee to provide guidance on how to fill gaps and create processes to accelerate the transformation to whole health care for veterans, both inside and outside the VA system, and the rest of the U.S. population. Read the full report here to learn about findings, recommendations, and a roadmap for improving health and well-being for veterans and the nation.

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