Announcements & Shared Resources

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As of June 16, 2022

TRAINING: American Public Health Association (APHA) webinar: "A Path to Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers"

Join Families USA for their webinar on “The Path to Sustainable Financing for Community Health Workers” on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST

Description

Community Health Workers (CHWs) have a long, rich history of improving health outcomes, particularly within underserved communities. They have been especially involved in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response by providing essential public health education and delivering health services in resource-constrained areas. Despite the power and promise of CHWs, the public still lacks understanding about their role and value in the healthcare system. This is directly related to the absence of long-term, sustainable funding needed to appropriately support and sustain the CHW workforce. This webinar will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from CHWs and other stakeholders who will share their thoughts on the current financing landscape, including what works and where there may still be gaps in the public health workforce. The webinar will also include time for Q&A with attendees.

Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jInv2xCRT-6a7nJv_iCZHA

TRAININGS: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Training Opportunities

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HRSA IEA) in Regions 5, 6, and 7 invite you to a webinar on Advancing Maternal and Infant Health. This webinar is part of HRSA IEA Regions 5, 6, and 7’s Maternal Health Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight innovations and promising practices as well as resources to promote and further maternal health and well-being across the lifespan. 

Date:  Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Time:  2 pm – 3 pm CT | 3 pm – 4 pm ET

Topics at a Glance

  • Understand the community health worker model and its impact on pregnant women and children
  • Learn how to adapt and evolve service offerings within Healthy Start to improve maternal and infant health
  • Understand the role of public policy in improving maternal and infant health
  • Learn about the Count the Kicks public health campaign that teaches the method for, and importance of, tracking fetal movement daily in the third trimester of pregnancy
  • Examine the connection between stillbirth and maternal morbidity and mortality

Featured Speakers

  • Tracy Russell, Executive Director, Nurture KC
  • Shannon Williams, Education and Health Promotion Coordinator, Nurture KC
  • Emily Price, Executive Director, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. the nonprofit organization that created the Count the Kicks public health campaign

Register for the webinar hereAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar on July 12th.

For more information about the webinar, contact Rae Hutchison at CHutchison@hrsa.gov.   

For more resources and tools about maternal health, visit https://www.hrsa.gov/maternal-health.

 

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HRSA IEA Region 7 will be hosting a Grants 101 Workshop in Poplar Bluff, Missouri! This workshop is offered in-person only; there will not be a virtual option.  Attendees will learn about the federal grant application process, where to find funding opportunities, strategies for putting together a successful application from a grant reviewer’s perspective, engaging with foundations, and resources to support their grant writing efforts.

Date:  Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Time:  9 am – 4 pm CT, registration check-in begins at 8:30 am.

Location:  Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce Community Room 1111 West Pine Street, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Register here.

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HRSA IEA Region 7 will be hosting a Health Workforce Roundtable in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.  Join us to share about health workforce issues, such as recruitment and retention challenges, successful strategies and innovative models, current technical assistance needs, and opportunities for collaboration.

Date:  Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Time:  10 am

Location: Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce Community Room 1111 West Pine Street, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Register here.

 

TRAININGS: Breastfeeding 101 & 201

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is committed to the health and wellbeing of our attendees and instructors and will therefore be presenting all KBC courses online. The courses will be taught in a “live” format to optimize participant interaction and will not be recorded.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition offers the following breastfeeding courses for those who support breastfeeding families:

Breastfeeding 101: The Basics

Agenda & outline HERE Core concepts of breastfeeding. Registration fee – $59

Breastfeeding 101 is approved for:

    • 3.0 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. IBLCE Verification Number #C2002297
    • 4.5 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number: SP1492-1222 
    • 3.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: D1382 (LTS is KDHE-BFH-Nutrition and WIC Services)

Breastfeeding 201: Building on the Basics

Agenda & outline HERE Intermediate level. Designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of staff, from WIC, hospitals, and home visitors. Registration fee – $110

Breastfeeding 201 is approved for:

    • 6.5 L-CERPs allocated by IBLCE. IBLCE Verification Number #C2002296
    • 6.0 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number: SP1492-1222 
    • 8.1 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: D1382 (LTS is KDHE-BFH-Nutrition and WIC Services)

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Instructors:
Stephanie Kaufman
Vanessa Flood

TRAINING: Kansas Tobacco Cessation Help Online Training (Ongoing)

Providers, Community Health Workers and other professionals can access the Kansas Tobacco Cessation Help (KaTCH) free self-directed training.

It is structured into 7 learning modules, each ranging from 15 to 30 minutes. Modules include information on Kansas Tobacco Quitline benefits and programs, tobacco use and chronic conditions, and Quitline counseling call samples.

For more information, click here.

CONFERENCE: Unity Conference & Annual Meeting (Virtual Event)

The 2022 NACHW Annual Meeting and Unity Conference is an interactive, educational and informative gathering that convenes Community Health Workers (Including Promotores/as, Community Health Representatives (CHRs), and other community-based health workers), allies, members, and partners from across the country to celebrate the workforce. Our 2022 theme is “CHWs: The Past, Present, and Future of Community Care.” We invite you to participate in our annual event by becoming a sponsor, presenting in a workshop, or nominating a peer for our Hope and Care Awards, and the Esther M. Holderby Extraordinary CHW Award. 

For more information, click here.

CONFERENCE: 2022 Kansas Breastfeeding Conference - October 13-14, 2022

Save-the-date for the 2022 Kansas Breastfeeding Conference taking place on October 13-14, 2022.

Registration will open in August. More information to come!

To find out more information about the coalition, click here

RESOURCES: National CHW Virtual Platform Survey

National CHW Virtual Platform Survey

NACHW is excited to invite CHWs to provide input on a new project looking to explore a virtual platform for CHWs and the workforce.

Please watch the brief video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySYpNHxHeF0 

Watch the video in Spanish.

We are still in the early phase of this project and are pleased to invite CHWs to share your thoughts in a survey. The survey is only for CHWs. NACHW membership is not required for this survey.

The survey is open until Tuesday, June 21st at 4pm ET. You can enter to win one of 20 gift cards ($20 each) if you complete the survey. 

For the past several months, NACHW has been working with CHWs, CHW Network leaders, CHW allies, and other key partners to explore the development of a national virtual platform that would function as a resource for CHWs and a source of national data for workforce planning and advocacy. 

This platform is unique and complements but doesn’t duplicate NACHW’s existing communications platforms. We don’t know yet exactly what this tool will look like or what functions it will have. Your input will help us decide what it will look like, how it will function and how it can be used.

RESOURCES: KanCare Ombudsman Office

Do you have questions about  KanCare/Medicaid? Do you need help?

Kansas Medicaid, known as KanCare, can be hard to understand.  

The KanCare Ombudsman Office can help with:

  • Answers to questions
  • Resolving issues
  • Understanding letters from KanCare
  • Responding when you disagree with a decision or change
  • Completing an application or renewal
  • Filing a complaint (grievance)
  • Filing an appeal or fair hearing
  • Learning about in-home services, also called Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Listen, offer ideas, resources and options
  • Be respectful, encouraging, resourceful and helpful

For information on how to contact the KanCare Ombudsman Office, go to About/Contact Us.
KanCare Ombudsman Brochure

RESOURCES: Communities for Alcohol & Drug-free Youth (CADY) Prevention Accelerator Media Campaign Toolkit

Check out the Communities for Alcohol & Drug-free Youth Prevention Accelerator Media Campaign toolkits for a great resource for upcoming prevention messaging.

YOUR NEXT DRUG-FREE MEDIA CAMPAIGN IS ALREADY RESEARCHED, DEVELOPED AND READY TO ROLL OUT… ALL IT NEEDS IS YOU!

For more information, click here.

RESOURCES: Facts Not Fear ICT Upcoming Mobile Vaccine Clinics

Facts Not Fear ICT is committed to lessening the impact of COVID-19 in Wichita’s minority communities. We are proud to partner with Sedgwick County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to offer several no cost mobile vaccine clinic opportunities! No appointment is needed.

Upcoming Mobile Vaccine Clinics:

Junteenth ICT Mobile Vaccine Clinic (In Partnership with SCHD)
Saturday, June 18
11:00AM-3:00PM
McAdams Park 1329 W 16th St N Wichita, KS 67214

Wichita Health Carnival/Journey Bus Mobile Vaccine Clinic (In Partnership with Salud+Bienestar and KDHE)
Friday, June 24
1:00PM-7:00PM
Evergreen 2700 Woodland N Wichita, KS 67204

Sunset Summerfest Vaccine Information Table by FNFICT
Saturday, June 25
6:00PM-10:00PM*
McAdams Park 1329 W 16th St N Wichita, KS 67214
SCHD will hold the mobile vaccine clinic from 6-8PM only. 

Love Your Community Mobile Vaccine Clinic (In Partnership with SCHD and Love Your Community)
Saturday, July 9
2:00PM-6:00PM
Evergreen 2700 Woodland N Wichita, KS 67204

SCHD is currently offering Pfizer 1st & 2nd doses and booster shots (ages 5+) and 2nd booster (ages 50+). Also available are Johnson & Johnson single dose and boosters (ages 18+).

To learn more about Facts Not Fear ICT or to get involved with efforts to lessen the impact of COVID-19 in Wichita’s minority communities, please visit www.FactsNotFearICT.com

JOB POSTING: EFNEP - Nutrition Agent, Wyandotte County

EFNEP-Nutrition Agent, Wyandotte County
Office Location: Kansas City, KS

Applications will be accepted until July 06, 2022
For more information about this position contact Jennifer Wilson
View the Position Announcement (PDF)

Job Description and Application Portal 

As of June 2, 2022

TRAINING: Virtual Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Course

The University of Kansas School of Medicine is pleased to announce our 2022 Fall Virtual Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Course

SELF-PACED, EIGHT-WEEK COURSE

SEPTEMBER 6 – NOVEMBER 4

The application is now available on our website and due June 30.

Some scholarships are available for the training with priority given to those who serve behavioral health populations in the state of Kansas.

Slots are filling quickly, so apply as soon as possible.

To access the flyer, click here.

RESOURCE: Kansas Food Source - Your Source to Find Food in the Sunflower State

The Kansas Food Bank and the Sunflower Foundation launched a website that lists food pantries in every single county in Kansas, along with hours of operation, contact numbers and any other information people might need to get supplies.

To access the resource, click here.

RESOURCE: National Council on Aging - Navigating Social Isolation & Loneliness for Older Adults

The National Council on Aging shared an article regarding Social Isolation & Loneliness for Older Adults.

Some of the key takeaways: 

  • Social isolation and loneliness, despite being different, are connected and can deeply impact quality of life for older adults.
  • The physical, emotional, and mental health of older adults are directly impacted by social connection.
  • There are proactive steps older adults can take to reduce the harmful effects related to isolation and loneliness.

To read the article, click here

RESOURCE: National Council on Aging - Responding to Suicide Risk in Older Adults

The National Council on Aging shared an article regarding Responding to Suicide Risk in Older Adults. 

Some of the key takeaways: 

  • Suicide is a problem among older adults, and understanding how a person develops thoughts of suicide can be helpful in prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Knowing ways to provide help and support (such as recognizing warning signs and investing in intervention training) and having access to resources can help create a network of safety for older adults who may be at risk of suicide.
  • Closing the gap in access to mental health services is needed for creating greater health equity among older adults who may be most at risk of suicide.

To read the article, click here

As of May 20, 2022

TRAININGS: Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ Trainings & Events

Trainings available: 

    • CALM for Providers (June 16th, July 15th)
    • Practical Suicide Intervention (July 21-22)
    • Suicide Safety Planning (June 21st, August 11th)
    • Suicide Screening and Assessment (June 7th, August 4th)
    • QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (May 23th, July 29th, August 23rd) 

For more information, click here.

RESOURCE: All of Us Research Program

Be part of a historic shift in health research.

We have all been personally affected by disease. We can all understand how hopeless it can feel to watch a loved one struggle with health problems. While sickness and disease are a reality in our lives, we all have the power to help make things better for future generations.

The best way we can fight disease and work toward a healthier future is to give doctors and health researchers the information they need. Then, they can develop medicine and treatments that are targeted to individuals. By participating in the All of Us Research Program, you could help empower researchers to better understand what makes us unique.

All of Us is creating the largest and most diverse research database of its kind. By looking for patterns in all of the health information provided by a million or more people, researchers will learn more about what affects people’s health. This research could drive insights into the personalized medicine that might lead to future medical breakthroughs.

To take part in the research, click here.

Poster – ENGLISH

Poster – SPANISH

As of May 11, 2022

TRAINING: Community Health Worker Discovery Series

 

To download the document, click here

To register, click here.

SUMMIT: Rural Grocery Summit 2022

Join us for the National Rural Grocery Summit
on June 20 and 21, 2022 in Wichita, Kansas


The National Rural Grocery Summit is the premier networking and resource-sharing venue for independent grocers and rural food access stakeholders. This biennial summit brings together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access practitioners, policy makers, and funders to learn from and strategize with one another about sustaining rural grocery stores and improving rural access to healthy foods.

Key Information:

  • Register for the 2022 National Rural Grocery Summit (early bird rates end May 15, 2022).
  • The summit will be held at the Drury Plaza Broadview hotel in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Sponsor the summit and help us offer a top notch event.
  • Travel scholarships are available to help cover the cost of attending the summit.

As we continue to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we acknowledge the importance of meeting in person with safety and confidence. We intend for the conference to move forward in person with essential safety protocols, but will continue to monitor public health data regarding COVID-19. The decision to move the conference virtually may be made at a later date.

A note on Juneteenth:

In June 2021, the federal government passed legislation to proclaim June 19th as a federal holiday known as Juneteenth National Independence Day. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States.

In 2022, Juneteenth falls on a Sunday, thus the official observation of Juneteenth is designated as Monday June 20, 2022 which also happens to be the first day of the summit. The Rural Grocery Initiative acknowledges and apologizes for the lack of coordination with the federal holiday schedule when selecting dates for the summit. We hope this scheduling oversight does not cause undue challenges to prospective summit attendees.

For more information or to register for the summit, click here.

SYMPOSIUM: 2022 Urban Food Systems Symposium

September 26-28, 2022 in Kansas City, MO

Hosted by: Kansas State University

This symposium will bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on how we can build coalitions to adapt to this changing world and how urban food systems contribute to these solutions.

To register, click here.

RESOURCE: Building Latino Community Capacity to Respond to COVID-19

PROCEED, Inc., National Center for Training, Support, and Technical Assistance (NCTSTA) supported El Centro through their national capacity building program “Building Latino Community Capacity to Respond to COVID-19,” funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (OT18-1802). This Project aims to increase Latino-identified and serving community-based organizations’ capacity to provide accurate, timely, bilingual, and culturally, linguistically, and situationally competent COVID-19 prevention, testing, and treatment messages to members of the Latino communities, especially in states, cities, and regions where COVID-19 has hit Latinos the hardest.

To access the resource, click here.

RESOURCE: Developing Public-Facing Language Products

The 2020 Census language program was successfully executed and became the most robust language program ever built for the decennial census. For the 2020 Census, we provided an opportunity for people to respond in 12 non-English languages (online and phone) and offered video and print guides in 59 non-English languages. Final translations reached millions of households across the nation, providing them with critical information about the census. The creation of these complex, interrelated products required thorough planning and the engagement of multiple teams of experts and professional translation staff. The purpose of this handbook is to share detailed information about our best practices and to provide guidance for organizations planning similar translation projects.

To access the document, click here.

RESOURCE: A New Way to Talk About Social Determinants of Health

When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation went through a restructuring in 2003, it organized all the programs that worked at the community level to advance health into a new programming group called the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. The newly created portfolio included a vast array of programs focused on areas as disparate as long-term care, school-based health and chronic homelessness. The members of the team struggled to find a meaningful connection among the programs that could help them discern a strategy for managing the current groups of programs and making future funding decisions.

To access the document, click here.

RESOURCE: Assessing Community Needs and Resources - Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a public service of the University of Kansas. It is developed and managed by the KU Center for Community Health and Development and partners nationally and internationally. The Community Tool Box is a part of the Center’s role as a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development. We are especially grateful to our funders and contributors.

To access the toolbox, click here.

RESOURCE: Wichita LGBT-Friendly Provider Directory

The Wichita LGBT-Friendly Provider Directory is a local listing of healthcare providers who deliver competent services and understand the unique health concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. All providers in this directory have agreed to be listed.

To access the directory, click here.

Disclaimer: This is an “opt-in” directory; any provider who self-identifies as LGBTQ-friendly may join. Providers do not pay a fee to join. The coalition does not perform background checks on providers and therefore can make no representation of their licensing, accreditation or other professional qualifications. Updates to the directory are made on a regular basis. Provider listings are for personal use only; they are not intended for solicitation, marketing, or canvassing.

Want to recommend an LGBTQ-friendly provider? Email us your Provider’s Name at wichitaLGBThealth@gmail.com  and we will contact them.

The LGBT Health Coalition is a program of The Center and was founded in 2011 by health professionals and community partners to improve access to existing health services and providers who serve LGBT clients and their respective needs.

RESOURCE: Sleep.org: Are All-Nighters Bad for Your Health?

A consistent lack of sleep can create a greater risk of developing mental health disorders that can affect someone’s performance at work and personal relationships. Sleep.org put together a comprehensive guide that identifies health risks and strategies for getting better sleep.

Check out the resources here:

RESOURCE: Special Olympics Kansas Health Resource

The Special Olympics Kansas Capstone Student, Raquel Mayo, created some resources to increase health literacy and healthcare inclusion among the population of individuals with IDD through resources and education. Raquel conducted multiple needs assessments and focus groups to determine what the athletes and stakeholders needed to increase health literacy and healthcare inclusion. Based on the results, she came up with three resources; an appointment guide, a provider organizer, and a list of basic insurance terms with definitions and links to further explore the topic through visuals, search engines, and more. 

To access the documents, click below: