August 22, 2023
The Community Health Corner
The National Extension Framework for Health Equity and Well-being recommends using community development strategies with health literacy programs to ensure that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. The following resources help us improve well-being for all and achieve Healthy Kansas 2030 and Healthy People 2030 objectives.
CPR Resources: Currently, about 9 in 10 people who have cardiac arrest outside the hospital die. However, CPR can help improve those odds. If it is performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Certain people, including people in low-income, Black, and Hispanic neighborhoods, are less likely to receive CPR from bystanders than people in high-income white neighborhoods. Women may also be less likely to receive CPR if they experience cardiac arrest in a public place. The American Heart Association and its partners want all people to learn First Aid, CPR, and AED to create a generation of people that are prepared to act in an emergency, putting more qualified lifesavers in our communities and creating a Nation of Heartsavers. Learn more here.
Health and Wildfires: Dry conditions in much of the United States increase the potential for wildfires in or near wilderness areas. Stay alert for wildfire smoke. This smoke can harm your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Learn more about protecting your home and health from wildfire smoke here.
Child Abuse and Neglect: Child abuse and neglect are serious public health problems and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). They can have long-term impacts on health, opportunity, and well-being. This issue includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (such as a religious leader, a coach, or a teacher) that results in harm, the potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Learn more about child abuse types, consequences, and prevention methods here.