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

May 16, 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.

REVIEW NOW: The State-level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States report from Child Trends is now available. This comprehensive resource offers state-level and national data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship care and permanency. Included is the number of children in foster care, their average length of stay, and their permanency outcomes (e.g., reunification with parents, or exits to adoption or guardianship). Explore the data here.

APPROVED NOW: RSV puts millions of people—mainly older people and very young children—in the hospital every year and is a leading cause of death for children around the world. Consequently, the FDA has approved Arexvy, the first RSV vaccine in the U.S., for people aged 60 and up. RSV is a highly contagious virus that causes infections of the lungs and breathing passages in individuals of all age groups. In older adults, RSV is a common cause of lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD), which affects the lungs and can cause life-threatening pneumonia and bronchiolitis. RSV leads to approximately 60,000-120,000 hospitalizations and 6,000-10,000 deaths among adults 65 years of age and older. Learn more about RSV in adults here.

TRAINING NOW: KCSL has announced professional trainings for this summer. Offerings include:

Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognition, Reporting and Supporting
Preventing Infant Abuse with the Period of PURPLE Crying
ACEs and Resilience 
Child sexual abuse prevention training
Strong Families, Strong Businesses, Strong Communities
LGBTQIA+ Cultural Competency
Healthy Outcome from Positive Experiences

Trainings are KDHE approved for child care licensing hours, and all participants will receive certificates of attendance. For a current schedule, descriptions, and to register for a training, please find the full listing here.

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