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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

April 25, 2023

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Stephanie Gutierrez

Chronic Pain

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 working with communities to achieve the nation’s Healthy People 2030 objectives.

READ NOW: The latest CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) examines chronic pain in adults from 2019 to 2021. The report found that during 2021, an estimated 20.9% of U.S. adults (51.6 million persons) experienced chronic pain, and 6.9% (17.1 million persons) experienced high-impact chronic pain with a higher prevalence among non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native adults, adults identifying as bisexual, and adults who were divorced or separated. The report recommends that clinicians, practices, health systems, and payers should vigilantly attend to health inequities and ensure access to appropriate, affordable, diversified, coordinated and effective pain management care for all persons.

JOIN NOW: Join the NIHCM Foundation on April 27th for the webinar, The Mental Health Workforce Crisis. A panel of experts will discuss the various factors contributing to the workforce shortage and the impact it is having on mental health care access and quality as well as potential strategies for addressing the shortage.

DISCOVER NOW: Please join Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) for a virtual Congressional briefing and national webinar on our new report, Ready or Not 2023: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism on May 3rd. A panel of subject matter experts will discuss the nation's readiness for public health emergencies, examine the findings of the report, and discuss key recommendations for policymakers. The briefing will include time for Q&A from the audience.

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