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K-State Research and Extension
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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

May 9, 2023

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Stephanie Gutierrez

Awareness Month

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.

ACT NOW: May is Asthma Awareness Month! Asthma affects the quality of life for over 24 million Americans and their families. Join EPA and CDC this month to help raise awareness by sharing and learning ways to help manage asthma and asthma triggers.

READ NOW: Last week, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released an advisory on the epidemic of loneliness and isolation. The resource explores the destructive impact the epidemic has on the nation's collective health and the healing power of relationships.

DISCOVER NOW: The National Institute of Environmental Health and Science at NIH has published materials on the relationship between climate change and human health. The effects of climate change can worsen many existing illnesses, diseases, and conditions, by increasing exposure to increased temperatures, introducing new pests and pathogens, and impairing air quality and water resources, amongst other threats to human health.

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