KS Community Health Worker Coalition

events & announcements

Stay in the loop – check out upcoming events, trainings and resources below!

Ongoing Trainings

KDHE Community Health Worker Monthly Open Practice Sessions for CHWs

This monthly session will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month at 10 a.m.
This session will provide a chance to share challenging situations, problem solve with other CHWs, and leave feeling prepared and confident to have meaningful conversations with clients. We will focus on skill-building the techniques of effective communication and support using practice scenarios and real-life examples brought to the class. We will share ideas and practice what to say, how to say, and how to support folks along the way, using evidence-based strategies, including OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarizing) and SMART goal setting. Drop-in participation, no registration required!

To access the session, click here

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UMHMF Mental Health First Aid (Various Dates)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is a proven and effective resource that teaches lay people how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in their community. In this one-day, 6.5-hour online training, participants will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and substance use concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The training helps anyone who wants to learn how to provide initial help to someone who may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or crisis, and provides tools to help friends, family members, colleagues, and others in the community.

Additionally, MHFA teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and can use their strengths to stay well. Trainees also learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations, then practice through role play, scenarios, and activities — making it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund are offering these virtual sessions at no cost to Kansans. Each person should register individually, even if multiple people from one organization are attending.

To access the resource, click here.

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Kansas Tobacco Cessation Help Online Training

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.

To access the resource, click here.

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Announcements

Public Health Scholarships Available - Kansas State University Public Health Program

The Kansas State University Public Health Program was recently awarded the Public Health Scholarship Program by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This program will prepare the public health workforce who live and work in Kansas, to promote the expansion of public health systems through strategic scholarships. The scholarships can cover up to the full amount of tuition for an MPH (42 credit hrs) or graduate certificate (15 credit hrs), or a partial scholarship, for part-time and full-time public health workers in Kansas over the next three years. 

For more information, click below!

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New Program! KS Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. - Maternal Child Benefits Specialists

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is proud to make available Maternal Child Benefits Specialists to provide an enhanced Medicaid & CHIP enrollment experience for pregnant/postpartum families. Two Maternal Child Benefits Specialists will cover northeast and southwest Kansas and provide the following enhanced Medicaid enrollment services:

  • Apply for Medicaid and/or CHIP
  • Get a breast pump
  • Navigate returning to work and breastfeeding
  • Find child care supportive of breastfeeding
  • Connect with prenatal education and healthcare
  • Find local breastfeeding help

Refer pregnant or postpartum individuals to KBC’s Maternal Child Benefits Specialists HERE!

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Cradle KC Prenatal Care Surveys

Cradle KC is seeking feedback on the prenatal care people received during their most recent pregnancies (within 10 years or less). 

Surveys are being held for KC Region (Topeka, KS-Colombia, MO) and through all of Kansas. The ultimate goal is to expand the surveys out of all HHS Region 7 (KS, MO, NE, IA) by the end of the year.

Don't forget to share our Prenatal Care Experiences survey with your families, and networks!

Links to the surveys are available below (one survey per birth):

KC Region—https://forms.office.com/r/dGJ55TjEGn

Kansas—https://forms.office.com/r/iZTdzkMuTh

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Resources

For more resources, check out our Resource Library by clicking here: Resource Library.
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Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center 2023 Trainings Available

Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center has the following trainings scheduled for 2023. These classes are free for anyone to attend. They do not have to have a diabetes diagnosis to attend and do not have to be a patient of the Center or KUMC.

2023 Free Online Programs

  • Monthly Diabetes Survival Skills (Every 1st Tuesday of each month from 1:30-2:30 p.m., except July) - Providing basic survival skills with information tailored to meet your needs. It is also great for people who want to refresh their diabetes knowledge after completing diabetes group classes. To register, click here
  • Monthly Cooking with Cray (Every 4th Wednesday of each month from Noon-1:00 p.m., except June & December) - Free Virtual Cooking with Cray offering healthy, easy home cooking recipes by registered dietitian who is specialized in diabetes and weight management. To register, click here.
  • Monthly Diabetes Support Group (Every 1st Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm) - Ongoing diabetes education & support for people with diabetes and family. To register, click here
  • Monthly Type 1 Diabetes Meet Up Group (Every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4-5 p.m.) - Ongoing diabetes education & support specifically for people with type 1 diabetes and family. To register, click here.  
  • Monthly Anti-inflammatory Diet (Every 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:30-2:30 p.m.) - Learn how food can help your body have an appropriate inflammatory response and lower chronic inflammation. Learn principles of choosing foods, practical meal planning tools and tips for grocery shopping. To register, click here.
  • Monthly Diabetes and Kidney Health (Every 3rd Monday of each month from Noon-1 p.m., except January) - Learn how to follow both a consistent carbohydrate diet for diabetes and a kidney health diet for any stage of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) without feeling deprived. To register, click here
  • Monthly Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevention (Starting in March, Every 1st Thursday of each month from 3-4 p.m.) - Learn about lifestyle and diet changes to prevent type II diabetes and decrease insulin resistance. To register, click here.
  • Weight management and Type 2 Diabetes (Every 2 months on 4th Tuesday from Noon-1 p.m.) - Learn about insulin resistance and the link with weight and type 2 diabetes. Review general diet guidelines, over the counter supplements, prescription weight loss medications and bariatric surgery. To register, click here.
  • Introduction to Low Carb and Keto Diet Plans in Diabetes Management (Every 2 months on 3rd Monday from Noon-1 p.m., except April) This class will help you understand the low Carb and Keto Diet Plans and learn if Keto diet plan is appropriate for you in helping with diabetes management. To register, click here.
  • Wellness Series (On selected Tuesdays from Noon-1 p.m.) - Regardless of your current health, everyone can benefit from knowing how to maintain healthy blood sugar from diet and lifestyle and using these tools for life.
    • Nutrition for Balanced Blood Sugar: We will discuss how food quality and macronutrients impact blood sugar and learn how to create balanced meals for optimal blood sugar control. To register, click here.
    • Moving for Better Health: Come learn about current exercise recommendations, health benefits of exercise, and how to get started with goal setting. Bring your questions, barriers to exercise and share helpful tips for how you have implemented exercise into your life. To register, click here.
    • Stress and Your Health: We will discuss the various causes of stress, how stress impacts health and healthy coping strategies to reduce stress. To register, click here.
    • Sleep and Your Health: We will discuss the importance of sleep, health consequences of inadequate sleep and tips for how to improve sleep quality and quantity. To register, click here

For a copy of the informational flyer, click here.

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Envision Webinar Recordings & Materials Available

Envision has updated their webinar page with updated recordings and materials. To check out previous webinar recordings and materials or to register for upcoming webinars, click here.

Some recent webinars are:

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CDC Suicide Prevention Resource for Action

Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects individuals, families, and communities across the nation. Fortunately, we know that suicide can be prevented. To help states and communities plan and prioritize suicide prevention activities, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is releasing the Suicide Prevention Resource for Action (Suicide Prevention Resource). The Suicide Prevention Resource was previously known as Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices. It is now updated, expanded, and renamed and includes strategies with the best available evidence to make an impact on saving lives. Strategies include those that prevent risk for suicide in the first place and those to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of suicidal behavior for individuals, families, and communities. 

The Suicide Prevention Resource has three components: 

  1. Strategies are the collection of actions to achieve the goal of preventing suicide. 
  2. Approaches are the specific ways to advance each strategy. 
  3. Policies, programs, and practices show evidence of impact on suicide, suicide attempts, or risk and protective factors. 

States and communities can use the Suicide Prevention Resource to prioritize and tailor activities that are most likely to reduce suicide. 

The new Suicide Prevention Resource provides a roadmap for action under CDC’s Comprehensive Suicide Prevention program. This program currently funds 15 states and 2 universities to implement and evaluate a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. These funded programs use strategies from CDC’s new Suicide Prevention Resource to focus on activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide among populations that are disproportionately impacted by suicide. CDC recently published Program Profiles and success stories to show how these funded programs have implemented and evaluated a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention. 

Suicide is an urgent public health crisis in the United States. Despite a decrease in suicide rates in 2020 compared to 2019, nearly 46,000 lives were lost to suicide. Provisional 2021 data are showing that suicide is once again increasing, with more than 48,000 people dying by suicide. Further, every year, millions of people think about, make a plan, and attempt suicide.  Suicide has devastating consequences on individuals, families, schools, workplaces, and entire communities. Importantly, we know there is no single cause of suicide. Factors increasing suicide risk occur at the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels. These include job/financial, health, criminal/legal, and relationship problems. Substance use, loss of a friend or loved one to suicide, a history of suicide attempts, and mental health concerns may also increase a person's risk for suicide. 

We can all #BeThere to prevent suicide by taking actions that can promote healing and help and give hope. Many people find it difficult to talk about suicide and especially difficult to know how to talk to someone that is having thoughts of suicide. But there are clear actions that we can take. We can all learn the five steps for how to talk to someone who might be suicidal.

In addition to what we can each do individually, CDC’s comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention helps address the range of risk factors. You can read more about CDC’s suicide prevention strategies, access and download the Suicide Prevention Resource, access and download the Suicide Prevention Resource summary, and read the CSP Program Profiles.  

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Kansas Suicide Prevention Plan 2021-2025

To access the Kansas Suicide Prevention Plan 2021-2025, click here.

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Get Covered Kansas - Cover Kansas Virtual Navigators

Cover Kansas is a resource available to help uninsured Kansans connect with marketplace coverage. Cover Kansas can help answer general questions about health insurance since it can be confusing and overwhelming. Cover Kansas has Navigators placed at health centers throughout Kansas and also have a Navigator that can help anyone apply, enroll, etc. over the phone or a secure zoom call. 

Cover Kansas Navigators are trained, unbiased individuals that can help you compare health insurance plans, assist you with the online application process, and provide answers to your Marketplace questions year-round.

As a reminder, you can enroll in the Marketplace without assistance. Navigator assistance is a free service provided by Cover Kansas.

For more information about Cover Kansas, click here, or call 866-826-8375.

If you'd like to locate a Navigator, click here.

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Reimbursement Strategies for Employers of Community Health Workers - Webinar Recording & CHW Toolkit

To access the webinar recording, click here. Webinar slides can be accessed here.

This Toolkit is designed to inform organizations on how to use existing tools or establish capacities to bill for CHW/P interventions within the current health care marketplace. It is structured to appeal to a broad audience — those who have experience in health care reimbursement and those without deep knowledge of health care reimbursement. There are chapters ranging from basic education on how health care is structured and reimbursed for in the United States to specific tools that can be used to bill for CHW/P services. Each chapter can be easily accessed depending on your CHW/P organization’s knowledge and experience with health care reimbursement. 

Erika Saleski, ES Advisors LLC, and Tim McNeill, Freedmen’s Health, authored the toolkit for the Collaborative. The CHW Collaborative’s work is supported by grants from the Health Forward Foundation and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

To access the CHW Toolkit, click here.

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KanCare Enrollee: Contact Information Update Resource

Has your contact information or household circumstances changed? Call the KanCare Clearinghouse today: 1-800-792-4884. For more information, visit KanCare.ks.gov.

Informational Flyer

Informational Flyer - Spanish

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Get the Facts Campaign

The Get the Facts campaign is based on CDC guidance, offering facts about COVID-19 vaccines in a simple and memorable way that counters common misconceptions. These facts address cost, ingredients, side effects, eligibility and more.

Each set of materials includes translations in more than 30 languages as well as the ability for you to customize the logo, URL, photo and more. Learn how to customize your campaign using our drag-and-drop templates with this video

To access the resource, click here.

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The National Mental Health Hotlines Fact Sheet

For a copy of the National Mental Health Hotlines Fact Sheet, click here

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The Kansas Tobacco Quitline

The Kansas Tobacco Quitline (www.KSquit.org or 1-800-QUIT-NOW) provides FREE one-on-one coaching for Kansans ready to quit using any form of tobacco, including vaping. Professional counselling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in multiple languages.  Learn more about the Quitline support programs here.

Can Quitting Smoking Improve My Heart Health? - Tobacco Education Resource Library Print Materials & Downloads (hhs.gov)

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National Council on Aging: Fall Free CheckUp

Each year, millions of older adults—more than 1 in 4—suffer an injury from a fall. It's the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.

We want you to stay healthy and safe, so we worked with the CDC Foundation to create the Falls Free CheckUp, a simple way to identify fall risks and how you can address them.

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AyudaKC - An Advocacy-based Hotline to Connect Spanish-speaking Parents to Resources

AyudaKC is an advocacy-based hotline powered by Revolucion Educativa to connect Spanish-speaking parents to the resources they need to best support their children while navigating the educational system.

Typical reasons to call include:

  • Questions about schools
  • Concerns that your child’s civil and human rights have been violated
  • Concerns that your civil and human rights as a parent/caregiver have been violated
  • Concerns with your child’s teacher/administrator/school staff
  • Concerns with the treatment of your child
  • Concerns with your treatment as a parent/caregiver
  • Concerns with your child’s IEP or 504 plan
  • Other concerns that impact your child’s ability to receive a quality education

Parents/Caregivers can dial 1-844-AYUDAKC (1-844-298-3252) to receive guidance and direct support related to school-based issues. Issues that are not related to education will be referred to an appropriate resource. The hotline is available during normal business hours. Calls left on the voicemail will be returned within 24 hours.

Why is this important?

AyudaKC is designed to support Spanish-speaking Latino parents in navigating their child(ren)’s school environment. Latino parents are often overlooked or dismissed when raising concerns about their children’s schooling. Currently, Spanish dominant families lack a direct resource line in their home language to support their students.

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AyudaKC es la línea telefónica de asistencia y abogacía de Revolucion Educativa creada para conectar a los padres de familia y cuidadores que hablan español con los recursos que necesitan para apoyar de mejor manera a sus hijos al navegar el sistema educativo. Las razones comunes para llamar incluyen:

  • Preguntas sobre las escuelas
  • Inquietudes respecto a la violación de derechos civiles y humanos de su hijo/a
  • Inquietudes respecto a la violación de derechos civiles y humanos de usted como padre/cuidador
  • Inquietudes respecto a los educadores/administradores/personal escolar de su hijo/a
  • Inquietudes sobre el trato que recibe su hijo/a
  • Inquietudes sobre el trato que recibe usted como padre/cuidador
  • Inquietudes sobre los planes IEP y 504 de su hijo/a
  • Otras inquietudes que impactan la habilidad de su hijo/a para recibir una educación de calidad

Los padres/cuidadores pueden marcar al 1-844-AYUDAKC (1-844-298-3252) para recibir guianza y apoyo directo en relación a los asuntos basados en su experiencia escolar. Los asuntos que no tengan relación con la experiencia educativa de la familia serán referidos a los recursos apropiados. La línea de asistencia está disponible durante el horario normal de oficina. Las llamadas recibidas en el buzón de voz recibirán una respuesta dentro de las primeras 24 horas.

¿Por que esta importante?

AyudaKC está diseñado para dar apoyo a los padres/cuidadores latinos que hablan español y que necesitan asistencia navegando el ambiente escolar de sus hijos. Los padres y cuidadores latinos comúnmente son ignorados o desestimados al abogar por sus hijos respecto a su educación. Actualmente, las familias que hablan español no tienen una línea directa de recursos en su idioma para apoyar a sus estudiantes.

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Medical Minute Diabetes Series: Benefits of Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management Programs

Hear Lorrie Rilko, DNP, FNP, BC-ADM, Diabetes Education and Outreach Manager, University of Virginia - School of Medicine discuss how the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps people who have prediabetes or are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Medical Minute Video

Also, download the following resources to help your patients address prediabetes and diabetes. 

  1. It's Good to Know About Your Diabetes | HQIN
  2. Diabetes Self-Management Instructions | HQIN
  3. Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or at Risk for Diabetes

Allow HQIN to help you improve the lives of your patients. For more information, contact Jim Bugg

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Better Brains for Babies

Better Brains for Babies is a collaboration of state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children in Georgia. K-State Research and Extension partnered with the University of Georgia Extension to provide information to the public.

For more information about the program, click here.

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Community Health Council & Cradlekc are a formula distribution site

They have a variety of infant formula available. If they do not have a type of formula you need, they can request it. Submit your request here: https://forms.office.com/r/aedHS9CBeS

Call 913–371–9298 if you have any questions.

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If You’re Pregnant: Seat Belt Recommendations For Drivers and Passengers

A while back, Kansas partners distributed important guidance about seat belt use for pregnant people. Here is a link to the one-pager. Please help keep it in regular circulation.

Good news! The latest data show that most Kansas women, in fact, 94.6%, report that they always used a seatbelt during their pregnancy.

Why spread the news? Social norms theory recognizes that perceptions of our peers’ behavior influence our own behavior. Spreading the word that wearing a seatbelt is the norm is an excellent way to increase seatbelt use.

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ICT Food Resource - Community Food Forum

ICT Food Rescue is seeking community partners to strengthen our capacity to support Wichita’s Food System.

If your organization works with persons who have experienced food insecurity, ICT Food Rescue would appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about how to recruit for the Community Food Forum.  Please reach out to Michael Webb at ictfoodrescue@gmail.com for more information. Through ICT Food Rescue’s Community Food Forum, they hope to engage underserved populations who have lived experiences with poverty and food insecurity in the leadership of their organization. ICT Food Rescue is committed to involving people in the development, implementation, and evaluation of their new post-COVID programs who can bring authentic voices and perspectives to the organization, with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and competence.

The Community Food Forum, will address the following Goal and Objective from the City of Wichita/Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan:

Goal 1: Foster Food System Coordination and Education

Objective 2) Develop and leverage relationships with organizations and businesses working with underserved and marginalized residents to ensure these residents have the opportunity to provide meaningful input on policies and programs.

  • Convene a stakeholder group of low-income residents to advise on emergency food assistance programs and policies.
  • Encourage programming that empowers underserved and underrepresented residents.

To learn more about the resource, click here.

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University of Kansas Health System opens 'long hauler' clinic to the public

The University of Kansas Health System has an entire virtual clinic dedicated to people who are still feeling side effects from COVID-19, weeks after contracting the virus. The hospital is bringing specialists from several areas to serve as a team for each patient. The clinic first opened for KU patients back in January and now it is open to the public, but people need a referral from their primary care team. Patients at the hospital are being seen for a variety of problems related to COVID-19 at the hospital.
For more information, click here.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

Job Postings

New Extension Nutrition Program Searches:  

The Extension Nutrition Program is comprised of EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) and SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education). Nutrition Educators and Assistants work to engage and empower their communities with research-based health and nutrition education.  

SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, Douglas County (Full-time)
Office Location: Lawrence, KS

Screening will continue until the position is filled. For more information about this position contact Lisa Ross
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal 

SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, Northwest Area (Full-time)
Office Location: negotiable between Hays & Great Bend, KS

Screening will continue until the position is filled. For more information about this position contact Lisa Ross 

View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal  

SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, Northwest Area (Full-time)
Office Location: Osborne, KS

Screening will continue until the position is filled. For more information about this position contact Lisa Ross
View the Position Announcement (PDF)
Job Description and Application Portal  

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Community Health Worker - NurtureKC

The CHW is responsible for the care coordination and case management of families enrolled in the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI). The KCHSI offers services and support for mothers, fathers, children and families in Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS, before, during and after pregnancy.

To learn more and to apply, click here

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Community Health Worker Program Director - Hospital District No. 1 of Rice County

The program Director will oversee the Care Team and ensure the team is engaged in activities allowable under the parameters of the grant. The Program Director will work to integrate all team members into the wider work of the clinic. The program Director works directly with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) under the direction of Sterling Medical Center Director. The successful Program Director will be a creative problem solver, skilled at navigating the challenges of implementing an innovative approach to health care delivery.

To learn more and to apply, click here

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Community Health Worker Program Director - Rice County Healthcare, Lyons, KS

The program Director will oversee the Care Team and ensure the team is engaged in activities allowable under the parameters of the grant. The Program Director will work to integrate all team members into the wider work of the clinic. The program Director works directly with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) under the direction of Sterling Medical Center Director. The successful Program Director will be a creative problem solver, skilled at navigating the challenges of implementing an innovative approach to health care delivery.

To learn more and to apply, click here

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Thrive Allen County - Bilingual Care Coordinator

The Care Coordinator is part of the Kansas CARES (Coordinating and Assisting Reliable Enrollment Services) Project and will be responsible for outreach, education and coverage enrollment for individuals and small businesses in Marketplace insurance, CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare, and other safety net services. In addition, the position will be responsible for assisting in providing translation services to other community-based organizations, as needed.

To learn more and to apply, click here

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MARC Community Contract Assessor

Like working with older adults? Mid-America Regional Council’s Department of Aging and Adult Services is hiring Medicaid Re-Assessors. This contract position is ideal for nurses or social services specialists. Training is provided, reliable transportation is required. The Mid-America Regional Council’s (MARC) Department of Aging and Adult Services is seeking contractual personnel to complete new and reassessments for multiple service lines within the department.

The Department is a designated Area Agency on Aging for Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. Medicaid and Older American’s Act (OAA) reassessments will take place in all five counties.

  • Unlimited earning potential after training period!
  • Seeking highly-motivated, qualified individuals who work well independently.
  • Ideal applicants are interested in improving the health and quality of life of older adults and individuals with disabilities.
  • Applicants must live in the Kansas City region and have reliable transportation to travel throughout the region.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following experience OR education requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A Registered Nurse (RN) who is licensed and in good standing in Missouri;
  • A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who is licensed and in good standing in Missouri with one or more years working as an LPN;
  • One or more years of experience as a Social Services Specialist:
  • Four or more years of experience with the Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS) or an Area Agency on Aging; OR
  • Multilingual and approved through DSDS.

For more information or to apply, click here.

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Community Health Worker, Kansas City University Score 1

Office Location: Kansas City

The Community Health Worker will primarily be working in the community with families to assist them in successfully engaging sources of primary medical, dental and vision care for their children. Additionally, this position will work closely with Score 1 nurses, medical providers, dental providers, and other agencies to improve access to oral health and primary care for Score 1 children.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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Community Health Worker, Nurture KC

Office Location: Kansas City

The CHW is responsible for the care coordination and case management of families enrolled in the Kansas City Healthy Start Initiative (KCHSI). The KCHSI offers services and support for mothers, fathers, children and families in Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS, before, during and after pregnancy.

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Community Health Worker, Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

Office Location: Kansas City, MO

The Community Health Worker will serve as a liaison between departments at Sam Rodgers and patients to help navigate/link them to health and social services in the community and coordinate community-based care referrals to meet their needs. Will provide culturally appropriate support and information. Emphasizes the importance of a medical home and proper utilization of the emergency department and outpatient clinics. Builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, and advocate for individuals and community health needs.

Outreach members both in person and telephonically for program engagement. May perform in-person member visits in community settings, such as their home, hospitals and physician offices to introduce care management programs and validate member contact information. Support members in collaboration with the interdisciplinary care management team to achieve healthcare goals and keep lines of communication open. Proficient in community resources and supporting barriers to care. This position will be split between the North Oak location and the Clay County location.

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Community Health Worker – Pittsburg Community Schools, USD 250

Job Summary: This position will focus on addressing social determinants of health and navigating students and families through complex healthcare and needs within Pittsburg Community Schools. This includes assisting students with food insecurity, transportation, community referrals, benefits or assistance applications, and addressing a student’s individual barriers to excellent overall health and wellness. It also may include providing transportation in CHC/SEK vehicles, and delivering prescription medications to patients. Community Health Workers (CHWs) at CHC/SEK are passionate about serving their community. CHWs strive to understand, motivate, and help our patients achieve their goals in health and wellness by eliminating barriers, collaborating with patients to set goals, and working within a multidisciplinary care team. This position is housed in the Patient Engagement department at CHC/SEK. The overall goal of Patient Engagement is to engage high-risk, underserved populations and work to decrease the impact of exacerbations on health status and accelerate recovery through targeted care management. Often staff go above and beyond to provide support in nontraditional settings such as patient homes, neighborhoods, and communities. Patient Engagement staff are flexible, knowledgeable about disease processes, community resources and CHC/SEK care systems, and able to address barriers to improved health outcomes.

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Community Health Worker –  Fort Scott Schools, USD 234

Job Summary: This position will focus on addressing social determinants of health and navigating students and families through complex healthcare and needs within Fort Scott Community Schools. This includes assisting students with food insecurity, transportation, community referrals, benefits or assistance applications, and addressing a student’s individual barriers to excellent overall health and wellness. It also may include providing transportation in CHC/SEK vehicles, and delivering prescription medications to patients. Community Health Workers (CHWs) at CHC/SEK are passionate about serving their community. CHWs strive to understand, motivate, and help our patients achieve their goals in health and wellness by eliminating barriers, collaborating with patients to set goals, and working within a multidisciplinary care team. This position is housed in the Patient Engagement department at CHC/SEK. The overall goal of Patient Engagement is to engage high-risk, underserved populations and work to decrease the impact of exacerbations on health status and accelerate recovery through targeted care management. Often staff go above and beyond to provide support in nontraditional settings such as patient homes, neighborhoods, and communities. Patient Engagement staff are flexible, knowledgeable about disease processes, community resources and CHC/SEK care systems, and able to address barriers to improved health outcomes.

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