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

April 11, 2023

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Stephanie Gutierrez

Maternal Health

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.

DISCOVER NOW: The new brief from the Environmental Health and Equity Collaborative, Achieving Environmental Health Equity: The Need and Opportunities for Public Health Action, provides background, examples, data, and actionable steps environmental public health leaders and their organizations can take to move towards health equity. Actions are organized by the 10 Essential Public Health Services and include a poster and summary version for easy reference. Learn more at https://apha.org/ehec.

JOIN NOW: American University’s Department of Health Studies is hosting a virtual seminar, The Time Is Now: Opportunities to Boost Food and Nutrition Security, on April 26. Join the discussion about opportunities to alleviate hunger, reduce unhealthy food marketing, and increase equitable access to healthy food through program modernization, stronger nutrition education and research through the farm bill. 

READ NOW: The National Partnership for Women & Families recently shared recommendations, tools, and resources to support health provider institutions in Raising the Bar for Maternal Health Equity & Excellence. The project builds on the health equity framework developed through Raising the Bar: Healthcare's Transforming Role to address the unique maternal health needs, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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