June 27, 2022
KSRE addresses the health of Kansas with launch of first cohort
On June 17, the first cohort of the K-State Research and Extension Grand Challenge for Health initiative launched from the campus of Emporia State University for 20 local extension professionals.
Cohort members are engaged in a 16-week professional development and resource experience with the goal being to address pressing health issues in Kansas through policy, systems, environmental strategies, education and partnerships. With support from Kansas SNAP-Ed and extension's Kansas Health Foundation endowment, the cohort experience features completion of the University of Minnesota's System's Approaches to Healthy Communities online course, coaching from KSRE specialists, "golden-circle" planning, and implementation of the national Cooperative Extension's Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being recommendations. The cohort experience culminates with an opportunity for cohort members from local extension units to apply for a Grand Challenge for Health grant which puts the knowledge and skills gained into action for improved health for all Kansans. The first cohort members include:
Debra Wood, Central Kansas District; Dale Helwig, Cherokee County; Mirna Bonilla Salazar, Chisholm Trail District; Becky Reid, Cowley County; Holly Miner, Wildcat District; Pamela Paulsen, Reno County; Kaitlin Moore, River Valley District; Teresa Hatfield, Meadowlark District; Stephanie DeLong, Sedgwick County; Sara Sawer, Sedgwick County; Tara Solomon-Smith, Wildcat District; Joy Miller, Southwind District; Alyssa Rippe-May, Twin Creeks District; Aimee Baker, Wichita County; Frances Graves, Wildcat District; Katherine Pinto, Wildcat District; Denise Dias, Wyandotte County; Atalie Tompkins, Chisholm Train District; Shandi Andres, Flint Hills District; and Monica Walker, Grant County.
The cohort is coached and supported by Extension specialists Chuckie Hessong, Tandy Rundus, Janelle VanKooten, Elizabeth Kiss, Stephanie Gutierrez, Lisa Ross and Elaine Johannes.