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

April 18, 2023

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes

Xylazine and thumb

The National Extension Framework for Health Equity and Well-being recommends using community development strategies with education and health literacy programs to ensure that every person has the opportunity to attain their full health potential. The following tools and resources can be used to improve health access, equity and well-being to achieve Healthy Kansas 2030 objectives and contribute to the nation’s Healthy People 2030 outcomes.

REGISTER NOW: IKC (Immunize Kansas Coalition) is holding regional in-person and virtual meetings next week:

  • April 24, 10:00 a.m. - Noon in Garden City
  • April 25, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Wichita
  • April 26, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in Kansas City
  • April 26, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Pittsburg

During these meetings get to know IKC, learn about new educational resources and events, and participate in listening sessions about successes and challenges related to immunization uptake and access. Sign up here to register. A calendar invite will be sent for the meeting(s) of your choice.

LEARN NOW: The April issue of the Nation’s Health from APHA (American Public Health Assoc.) reminds parents and care-givers that car seats and booster seats can protect children during a motor vehicle crash — a leading cause of death for children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraints, when used correctly, can reduce the risk of dying in a crash by 71% for infants younger than 1, and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4. NHTSA provides recall safety rating information at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls. Find out about available car seats here through Kansas Safe Kids.

BE AWARE: Fentanyl combined with xylazine, a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer not approved for human use, is an emerging threat to the U.S. On April 12, the White House released a statement about xylazine threatens to increase overdose and worsen outcomes for people who use drugs. KDHE tracks overdose deaths on the dashboard that includes deaths by county, age and sex.

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