Public Health in Action

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Stories are a vital part of building community. They remind us why we love the work we do and remind others that we’re all in this together. Not sure if your work is story-worthy? It is. We’ll help you figure out the details. READ MORE

This year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced a new certification for these health workers, the first in the state to recognize the role they play in linking communities to health and social services. Development of the certification involved more than 40 members of the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition and lasted five years.  READ MORE

As the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted workforce challenges and longstanding health inequities within the healthcare and public health systems, interest in developing the community health worker (CHW) workforce has intensified across the country.   READ MORE

Local health departments play a vital role in supporting breastfeeding families in Kansas communities. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, recognize and celebrate local health departments that are leading the way in this work through the Breastfeeding Friendly Local Health Department designation.  READ MORE

“The COVID-19 Pandemic has been detrimental to many people’s mental health, with the stresses on workers in health care, education, and other essential services frequently highlighted. Less often, however, has attention been focused on the mental health needs of the public health workforce that has been in the trenches 24/7 since the beginning of the pandemic.” READ MORE

Supportive, encouraging and inclusive. These are just some of the words used to describe Jason Tiller, Saline County Health Department director, by those who work with him. Tiller, who’s been at the helm of the department for the past six years, continues to steer the agency during the uncharted course COVID-19 has presented. READ MORE

Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order No. 20-48 in June of 2020, establishing the Governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice. The focus of this Commission is to study issues of racial equity and justice in Kansas. Two reports have been released: Policing and Law Enforcement in Kansas and Second Commission Report – Social Determinants of Health. READ MORE

“The trove of information in the report produced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment offered insight into medical and behavioral challenges based on 10,000 telephone interviews conducted throughout 2019.” READ MORE

… while the number of infant deaths reported is the lowest on record for the state, disparities in infant mortality rates among vulnerable populations persist in 2019.READ MORE

“When COVID-19 hit Southwest Kansas in the spring of 2020, there was little information available about the disease in languages other than English.” READ MORE

The Prairie Band Health Center, located on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Reservation, has partnered with Jackson County Health Department to offer vaccinations to Jackson County residents. READ MORE

“The fact we’re seeing a spike in overdoses in March tells us there’s probably more to this.” READ MORE

“Fear of the unknown with medicine is expected, but with a decision like whether or not to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, education is everything.” READ MORE

While Wyandotte County is the lowest in state health rankings, the residents of Wyandotte used their strengths to rally against COVID-19. READ MORE

Many issues come to mind when asking Edith Gaines, Shawnee County Health Department Finance Officer and PHAB Accreditation Coordinator, why her health department decided to do a Racial Equity Impact Analysis. . READ MORE

The pandemic and the politics of COVID-19 have put tremendous strain on Kansas public health workers. READ MORE

Healthy People (HP) sets health promotion and disease prevention goals for the United States. Since 1980, HP has been updated for each decade and has been used by jurisdictions and agencies at the federal, state and local levels to develop and evaluate population-based health programs across the United States. READ MORE

Being pregnant during the pandemic can be scary – being told you have COVID-19 is even scarier. READ MORE

Looking ahead to a long weekend celebrating workers, let’s pay respects to one category of laborer most of us probably never thought about until the last few months: the epidemiologists of Kansas. READ MORE

Correctional facility conditions have the potential for a “perfect storm” for COVID-19 – close living arrangements, staff and offenders moving in and out of the facility and limited resources. READ MORE