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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

May 2, 2023

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Elaine Johannes

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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.

GET CAUGHT UP NOW: World Immunization Week has just ended and this year’s theme was The Big Catch-Up; both a reference to the stalled state of global immunizations worldwide, and a call to action especially around a looming measles resurgence. According to Dr. William Moss, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, during the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain and service disruptions and a rerouting of resources bled out some of the world’s most routine immunization programs for children. These interruptions helped to drive an uptick in measles cases which could spell a dangerous global resurgence of one of the most infectious viruses. Getting caught up on routine vaccinations is vital. Learn more through the Public Health On-Call podcast here.

REGISTER NOW: KUMC’s All for PINK series features “Along the Breast Cancer Continuum Inequities” webinar on May 11, 12 -1:30 p.m. The webinar will highlight remarks from Dr. Jill Peltzer on the relationship between social determinants of health and development of breast cancer, best practices for screening referrals, and the importance of positive relationships in improving screening and treatment rates. Register here for the no-cost webinar.

PLAN NOW: There are a number of community health trainings and conferences coming up this summer and fall. Plan now to attend:

· June 27-28, 2023: KALHD (Kansas Association of Local Health Departments) Mid-Year Meeting (Salina)
· September 7-8, 2023: KHA (Kansas Hospital Association) Annual Convention (Wichita)
· September 13-16, 2023: ACMHCK (Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas) Annual Conference (Topeka)
· October 27, 2023: Kansas Health Equity Summit (Topeka)
· December 5-7, 2023: KAC (Kansas Association of Counties) Conference/KALHD Annual Meeting (Wichita)

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