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Presented by: Hugo Pérez Trejo, Ph.D., Center for Organizational Development & Collaboration

Health Care providers in Kansas serve a wide variety of historically marginalized individuals and populations. One of these sectors is best known as “Latinx” (gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latina/Latino). Latinx populations in the US represent nearly one fifth of the total (18.5%) population.1 In Kansas, Latinx people represent the 2nd largest population overall (12.2%),2 while in some areas of Southwest Kansas such as Dodge City, Liberal, Ulysses, and Garden City, more than 50% of residents identify
as Latinx3.

In this interactive session, we will take a closer look at the Latinx population through their stories and discussions of everyday challenges and realities. Interested participants are invited to join us to learn more about this population in Kansas in order to bridge cultural gaps and build a better place to live for all who call it home.

For a link to the flyer, click here.

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The COVID-19 pandemic called attention to many inequalities for people living with disabilities in emergency preparedness. To address these inequalities, ASTHO, through a CDC funded cooperative agreement, hired and embedded 20 disability and preparedness specialists into health agencies around the country. The specialists focused on improving inclusivity of people living with disabilities in emergency preparedness.

Join this webinar to hear from seven of the disability and preparedness specialists. Specialists from Alaska, Delaware, Guam, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and South Dakota will share lessons learned from successes and challenges they’ve encountered in their positions.  

Registration Opens: November 29, 2021

Registration Close: January 18, 2022 at 11:59pm

For any specific questions about the event, sessions or your registration, please contact: meetings@astho.org

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The community engagement series will highlight activities, including webinars and videos, fostering breastfeeding equity between state agencies and community organizations. This series will underline the importance of community engagement, pathways, or courses of action to engage communities. It will challenge participants to understand and recognize their role in fostering breastfeeding equity. Topics will include levels of community engagement, strategies, and systems to enhance community support, efforts to improve the lactation workforce, and sustainability of community breastfeeding centers.

Each of the three webinars will have different objectives.

Session One:

  • Attendees will be able to explain the benefits of community support and engagement for breastfeeding. Also, participants will be able to outline how to engage community members and organizations into perinatal quality improvement. Finally, they’ll discuss strategies for approaching community engagement to create and sustain collaborations and partnerships.

Session Two: Strategies and Systems to Enhance Community Breastfeeding Support; Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 3-4 p.m. ET.

  • Attendees will be able to describe an innovation fighting to end racism in maternity care. Also, participants will be able to demonstrate at least one program that is creating an interconnected system to enhance community support.

Session Three: Enhancing and Diversifying the Lactation Workforce; Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 2-3 p.m. ET.

  • Attendees will be able to describe the challenges faced in diversifying the breastfeeding workforce. Also, participants will observe initiatives that are working to enhance the lactation workforce.

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They say the first step is the hardest. This series of eight (8) web sessions explores topics to help your patients, neighbors and rural community become and remain more well… but from a different perspective. The series will lay the foundation with each subsequent session building upon the last leading us on a journey to community and patient-centric wellness and, ultimately, value. We’ll travel to the next level in solidifying the foundation of the rural primary care business through gained understanding of practical application along with a few tips and tricks of new requirements, how those requirements might impact current business processes and topics covered in each session as well as
how they might impact the transition to value.

Join us for this hands-on, engaging, and enlightening educational journey to the next level in the transition to value and, ultimately, helping our rural patients, neighbors and
communities become and remain more well.

For additional information, please contact:
Tammy Norville Phone: (888)
391-7258 Ext. 105 or

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Pandemic or otherwise, public health aspires to achieve optimal health for all people in all  communities and believes that everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to achieve good health and well-being by addressing social determinants of health.

The Public Health Aspire Series will create an opportunity for local health department personnel to consider their role in addressing homelessness and housing in their community.

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Timely, locally relevant data resources
  • Current policies
  • Partnership and collaboration strategies
  • Action planning and evaluation methods

This event has been completed. For questions, contact Jessica Smith at Jessica.smith@wichita.edu

Please join your friends and colleagues for the 78th Annual Kansas Public Health Association Fall Conference to be held virtually September 21-23, 2021 from 8:30 – 12:30 each day. It is time to reconnect! This conference will create space for sharing and learning about the latest public health models and issues as we embrace this year’s theme: Strengthening Social Connectedness

The KPHA Board is excited about the planned keynote addresses. Conference participants will hear from:

    • APHA’s President-Elect Dr. Kaye Bender who was the President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board from 2009-2019, was the Dean of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing for 6 years immediately before PHAB; and prior to that, she worked in local public health for several years in Mississippi and was the Deputy State Health Officer.  
    • Paul Shirley is a former professional basketball player, author and host of The Process Podcast. Paul will be inspiring us to learn from failure. 
    • Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, is the Senior Vice President of the Building Healthy Communities for The California Endowment. Prior to this role, Dr. Iton served as the Director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Dr. Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. 
    • Additionally, the conference will feature a keynote panel discussion: Thriving Through and Post Pandemic – Leveraging Lessons Learned. 

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ASTHO Breaking Down Barriers: Advancing Health Equity in HIV Care

Monday, August 19 at 1:00 PM CST

In part two of ASTHO’s HIV Webinar Series, we will focus on designing HIV systems that meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations. This webinar will teach you about some of the unique barriers populations face in receiving HIV care. We will highlight local efforts designed to address these barriers and improve retention in HIV care among marginalized communities.

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ASTHO CRC SimPLER A Practice Workshop

Thursday, August 26 at 12:00 PM CST

CDC has announced the release of CRC SimPLER, a free, publicly available, online tool to help state and local emergency and public health planners prepare for setting up community reception centers (CRCs) to monitor people following a large-scale radiation emergency. CRC SimPLER enables planners to estimate their throughput based on currently available resources. Planners can also determine where additional resources would be most beneficial to optimize their response goals.

To introduce CRC SimPLER, ASTHO and the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness are hosting a workshop on Monday, Aug. 23 from 1-2 p.m. ET via Zoom. CDC’s Lauren Finklea will begin by introducing the basics of CRC SimPLER and then give participants the chance to explore new features of the CRC SimPLER tool themselves, such as the side-by-side comparison option. Participants are encouraged to email scenarios they would like to work through during the session to simpler@cdc.gov.

Registration is required. Please register before Monday, Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. ET.

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Understanding Experiences of Bias in Hospital Lactation Support from African American and BIPOC Women: Data from an 18-month study of the Irth project

Thursday, August 26 at 1:00 PM CST

Implicit bias has been well documented as directly linked to the black maternal mortality crises and high rates of black infant deaths (Alkema et al. 2016). There is an underlying issue that drives black maternal/ infant mortality; systemic racism that leads to biased care that does not support a healthy pregnancy, birth, and successful breastfeeding for black women. This session will focus on discussing a review of an 18-month online survey as well as an on the ground collection campaign to examine hospital birthing experiences and perceptions of lactation support by African American and BIPOC women in Detroit, New York City, New Orleans, Sacramento, the Metro DC area as well as nationally.

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Humana Health Horizons Training Summit

Tuesday, August 24, 10:00am – Thursday, August 26, 3:00 PM CST

SPTHB and OKTEC provides trainings to healthcare providers and public health professionals serving our Native communities.

The Humana Healthy Horizons Training Summit will provide education and training in quality metrics, best practices, data collection and management, grant writing, and community engagement strategies to a variety of healthcare providers and public health professionals serving our Native communities. Over the course of three days, attendees will have access to subject matter experts across a variety topics to equip and sustain professional development and growth.

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Supporting Lactation in Latinx Birthing Families

Thursday, August 19 at 1:00 PM CST

Join the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health for this series of webinars held each Thursday in August.

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared by WHO. This pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated the inequities that already existed with communities of color. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to identify three institutional barriers lactation for Latino birthing families. Participants will be able to list opportunities to address barriers to supporting communities of color. Identify resources for addressing institutional and systemic racism

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Unlearning Obesity, Learning fatness: Caring for the Fat Perinatal Client with Respect and Competence

Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM CST

Join the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health for this series of webinars held each Thursday in August.

This presentation will address the learners’ understanding of fatness, both medically and socially, and teach them to care for their fat clients without causing harm.  

  •  The learner will understand the myths and realities of fatness in the medical and social spheres. This section will focus on research-based information about fatness and health. 
  • The learner will understand how perinatal providers typically fail their fat clients. This will include the evidenced-based consequences of this provider failure. 
  • The learner will understand how to provide care for fat clients with respect and competence. The focus of this section is client autonomy and provider self-reflection.

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APHA Gun Violence Prevention through the Public Health Lens: History, Intersectionality and Interventions

Thursday, August 12 at 1:00 PM CST

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill more than 39,000 people and cause nearly 85,000 injuries each year. The webinar explores gun violence in the U.S and a comprehensive public health approach to addressing the complexity of the growing crisis. We will review the historical, structural, social, and political determinants of health that contribute to gun violence.
Register for the webinar and receive a discount on the newly released “Gun Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach” by Linda C. Degutis, DrPH, MSN, and Howard R. Spivak, MD

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Checking Problematic Narratives and Services Against LGBTQ+ Individuals in Lactation

Thursday, August 05 at 1:00 PM CST

Join the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health for this series of webinars held each Thursday in August.

Research has shown that the LGBTQ+ community is more likely to report experiencing discrimination because of their sexual orientation. This intersects with the lack of access to quality care for one’s wellness by centering around decreased chances of receiving affirmative and inclusive support from birth working providers. This workshop provides absolutely no “cookie-cutter” way of informing and educating the importance of being inclusive and affirmative in lactation support. This is to check, correct, and collect problematic narratives that cause harm to a community that continues to remain marginalized. Participants will be informed on the harmful practices that are presented daily in birth work and while serving LGBTQ+ individuals in need of safe and uplifting spaces. Participants will learn ways to dismantle toxic narratives and services to transform their practice and skills to be fully inclusive and affirmative. 

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