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April 8, 2022

K-Staters invited to attend April 12 community input meeting on public health

Submitted by Ellyn Mulcahy

Ryan Allen and Sara Jessica Ochoa, Kansas State University master's students in public health, are interning with the Riley County Health Department and invite the K-State community to attend a community input meeting as part of their final project.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Northview Elementary School. Bring a friend and be prepared to share thoughts and ideas on how the local public health system can be improved. 

The Riley County Health Department has undertaken a Community Health Improvement Plan, which is a concerted effort to improve the services and reach that the health department and public health community partners offer to all residents of Riley County. 

As part of this process, a comprehensive community needs assessment was distributed to residents of Riley County in fall 2019. This survey sought to gain insights from residents for planning and community improvement. 

The current step in the improvement plan is the organization and hosting of community input meetings. Residents can share their ideas, thoughts, concerns and suggestions on how to improve the local public health system to better meet resident needs. 

Allen and Ochoa are organizing community input meetings and are seeking participation from the K-State community. The input of Riley County residents is vital to this process and everyone’s voice is valued. This input will directly affect services provided by the local public health system. 

For more details, contact Sara Jessica Ochoa at sarajessica@k-state.edu or Ryan Allen at ryana2@k-state.edu.