Attendees will learn from those working to reduce disparities and address social determinants of health in Kansas RPE-funded communities. We will describe how these communities have taken action using the Framework for Collaborative Action for Improving Health and Development (Assessing, Prioritizing & Planning; Implementing Targeted Action; Changing Community Conditions & Systems; Achieving Widespread Change in Behavior & Risk Factors; Improving Population Health and Development). This includes a racially and ethnically diverse rural community working for civic engagement of migrant workers; an urban community working to improve gender equity; an urban community addressing violence prevention through environmental design; and a college town working to implement housing policy.
Participants will have opportunity to engage in dialogue and co-learning, as they break out into small groups by interest area (e.g., housing, transportation, gender equity, social connectedness and civic engagement). Participants will: 1) discuss ways in which their communities (or communities they support) are working to change community conditions and systems to address social determinants of health, and 2) identify additional candidate community and system changes around priority social determinants of health. Participants will also be encouraged to report out discussion results with the larger group to allow for cross-group learning and discussion. Participants will be given take-away tools to support further action from the Community Tool Box, http://ctb.ku.edu, an online resource for collaborative community organizing for change and improvement.
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