Category Archives: Health Care
May 24, 2018
Access to healthy, affordable foods and beverages is essential to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. As advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers create policies and programs to promote the well-being of children, it is important to provide them with a body of evidence that shows the best approaches and strategies to improve children’s nutrition habits, dietary intake, and weight status.
Healthy Eating Research, an RWJF national research program, is funding $2.6 million toward research on actions and strategies that will help improve children’s physical, social, and emotional development through the consumption of healthy foods and beverages.
Proposals for studies that promote health equity and address disparities, such as high rates of overweight and obesity experienced by children from low-income rural and urban communities and racial and ethnic minority populations, will be prioritized.
May 24, 2018
June 25-26, 2018
Manhattan, KS – Hilton Garden Inn
Millions of rural residents now face limited choice and low quality in their retail food options. Significant research indicates a strong relationship between lack of access to healthy food and chronic, diet-related disease. Obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease are all associated with a lack of access to healthy foods.
An important source of healthy rural food access is the local grocery store. They are a vital source for nutrition and health, providing a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein. In fact, the presence of grocery stores in rural areas has been shown to correlate with lower rates of obesity and nutrition-related disease. Unfortunately, these rural businesses struggle and it seems every day we hear about another store closing shop and shutting their doors.
Because the loss of a rural grocery store threatens the health of local citizens and the very existence of that community, Kansas State University and a broad range of partners are working to assist rural communities and their grocery stores. Toward that goal, we are proud to announce that on June 25-26, 2018 we will host the Sixth National Rural Grocery Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas. At the Sixth National Rural Grocery Summit we will bring together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, policy makers, and funders to talk with one another about how best to sustain this critical piece of community infrastructure and improve the health of our rural citizens.
- To provide the latest and best thinking about rural grocery stores and rural community sustainability
- To offer a discussion around the latest models for providing healthy food access to rural communities
- To provide a discussion regarding rural grocery best business practices
- To provide rural grocery store owners and rural grocery stakeholders the opportunity to network and dialogue with one another about the significant issues and challenges they face
- To chart a path forward for rural healthy food access
May 24, 2018
Request for Proposals: Outreach for COPD – June 8. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is seeking proposals for programs that increase awareness and understanding of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. According to the COPD National Action Plan, this disease is a leading cause of death affecting 16 million Americans and millions more who do not know they have it. COPD rates for rural areas are nearly double those for urban areas (8.2 versus 4.7 percent). Proposals will advance the COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign and its aim to educate providers and patients about diagnosis and management.
Call for Abstracts: SEARCH Telehealth Research Symposium – June 20. The Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health (SEARCH) is seeking abstracts for its 2018 Telehealth Research Symposium. Submissions for podium presentations (short lecture and long lecture) and posters should focus on one or more of the following areas: evidence-based research on connected health systems (e.g., telemedicine, telehealth, eHealth, mHealth), quality initiatives and telehealth measures, defining training programs and education, and care for seniors. According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Math, telehealth drives volume, increases quality of care, and reduces the cost of health care for rural communities.
Save the Date! Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series:Building Health Equity: The Link Between Social Determinants, Healthy Communities, and Workforce Training
May 22, 2018
2018 Annual conference
September 11-13, 2018