Qualitative Analysis for American Indian College Students’ Alternative Tobacco Use

by Christina Haswood The halfway point was around the first week of April where we were coming back from Spring Break. This year, we were all faced with COVID-19 and following social distancing, self-quarantine from traveling, and stay at home orders. Fortunately, this project was not heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but our indigenous…

Writing a Health Department’s First Health Equity Policy

by Cora Burgoyne Writing the Health Equity Policy The Unified Government Public Health Department conducted a health equity self-assessment in the fall of 2018. The tool used was the Local Health Department Organizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities by Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII). This toolkit was developed by BARHII to help local…

Quality Improvement in Kansas

by Kat Barrow As a part of my MPH program for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, I am excited to be working as an intern for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health’s mission is to “aid Kansas rural and medically underserved communities in…

Party for Parkinson’s 5K

by Alexandria Parra Background The 7th annual Party for Parkinson’s 5K is an event hosted by the Catholic Care Center (CCC) which took place on their expansive campus on April 27, 2019. The CCC is not-for-profit, full continuum senior living community located in Bel Aire, Kansas. This senior living community offers a full continuum of…

Identifying the Demographics of Sexually Transmitted Infection Test Seekers at the Unified Government Public Health Department in Wyandotte County, Kansas

by H. Marlene Johnson Background: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Infections (STIs) are very common in the United States. It is estimated that one in two sexually active people will contract an STI by the age of 251. The majority of STDs and STIs are transmitted from person to person via oral, vaginal, or anal…

Model College Vaccine Policy

by Elena Aronson Background College campuses, due to group living and close contact through classes, athletics and social settings, are at risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Campus outbreaks are costly, and not necessarily confined to campus borders. Because of this, there is a public interest in colleges adopting comprehensive vaccine policies. Under Kansas law…

Tuberculosis Education within the Burmese Refugee Community in Wyandotte County, Kansas

by H. Marlene Johnson Funding source: Funding was provided to the Unified Government Public Health Department from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to address the tuberculosis incidence through additional testing and education in the Burmese community in Kansas City, Kansas. Background: Rates of tuberculosis in the United States are often disproportionately high among…